Well, I was wrong. They got in all 36 holes in one day, so no Monday golf. Mondays still suck.
Dustin Johnson played great today. DJ came in with the lead, and backed it up with an impressive 7-under par 64, giving him a 5-shot lead headed into the final round. DJ played the conservative game that Jordan Spieth played last week, and cruised to victory. DJ had an almost perfect week, making just three bogeys, two of which came on his last four holes. Johnson fired an even par 71 for his final round. The win is even more important than the average victory for DJ, as it vaults him up to #1 in the World Golf Rankings, knocking Jason Day out of the spot.
Thomas Pieters and Scott Brown tied for second at -12. Justin Rose, Wesley Bryan, Kevin Na, and Charley Hoffman were tied for fourth at -11. Three golfers were tied for eighth at -10. Last week’s winner Jordan Spieth tied for 22nd at -6. Two time winner at this tournament Phil Mickelson finished in a tie for 34th at -4. Now-former world #1 Jason Day tied for 64th with a disappointing +2 finish.
Next week, the tournament heads to Palm Beach to begin the Florida swing at the Honda Classic. The field includes Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Justin Thomas, and last year’s winner, Adam Scott. I’m taking Rickie Fowler this week, because he’s due for a win. Hasn’t won in a year, needs to get back on track. He also lives in the Palm Beach area, so he won’t be worn down by travel.