Dustin Johnson entered the final round of the WGC HSBC Champions with a seven-shot lead. There seemed to be little doubt as to who would win, but as sports continually remind us, that's why they play the game.
To say DJ struggled is an understatement. After amassing 22 birdies through 3 rounds, he didn't make any on Sunday and shot a 77. This opened the door for Justin Rose, who fired a 5-under 67, to win for the first time since last summer's Olympics. Rose came from 8 shots back to win, the third largest in PGA Tour history. Full scores
Cash for all
The no-cut WGC events come with a cash guarantee to players who hit one tee shot in the event. This week, Shugo Imahira was DQ'd for not showing up on Saturday, but he still received a $43,000 check for playing just 2 out of the tournament's 4 rounds.
Proper closure to a veritable wilderness, Yale's 18th
New contributor Andrew Bailey takes a deep dive into one of golf's most polarizing holes. Andrew explains why he believes the 18th at Yale is one of the country's finest par 5's. Read the full story here.
A career win
Journeyman Ryan Armour won the Sanderson Farms Championship to earn his first PGA Tour title at the age of 41. Armour nearly lost his card after a disappointing 2016-2017 season but re-earned it with a strong performance at the Web.com Tour Finals. Armour rode the momentum to a 5-shot win over Chesson Hadley. The runner-up has notched a t3rd and 2nd place finish in his first two starts of the 2017-2018 season. Full scores
Man of the moment
After failing to advance through the first stage of Web.com Tour Q-School, former Alabama star Scott Strohmeyer earned a spot in the Sanderson through the Monday Qualifier. In his first-ever start on the PGA Tour, Strohmeyer was impressive, finishing t4th. The high finish earns him a spot at this week's Shriners. Strohmeyer will set his sights on adding more FedEx Cup points in the hopes of earning PGA Tour membership or a spot in the Web.com Tour Finals.
The Belmont saga continues
This Wednesday, Henrico County will host a town hall meeting about the A.W. Tillinghast design, Belmont Golf Course. All friends of Belmont are welcome to attend, and the county is allowing golf course architect Jerry Lemons to present his plans. His plans were the original plans that call for the removal of bunkers and a new style of bunkering that doesn't fit the Tillinghast mold. Lemons also happens to be a co-owner of the Better Billy Bunker product, which was required to be used in the original bid. This is a great product, but it's not standard for a bid to require the use of a specific product, and in this case an expensive one.
Henrico County should undergo a proper architect search and develop a long-term plan to preserve and enhance their Tillinghast design. If you enjoy good, unique golf course architecture and live close to Richmond, VA, I would urge you to attend the meeting. Details here.
Reminder, I will be in San Francisco this week moderating an architecture panel. Get your free tickets here.
2 playoff events, 2 wins for Bernhard Langer.
Lin Yuxin finishes birdie-eagle to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur and earn a spot in the Masters.
The East Lake Cup tees off today in Atlanta, here's Golf Channel's preview.