First things first – congrats to Canadian LPGA member Brooke Henderson, who at 18 years of age captured her 3rd LPGA Tour victory (including that major last month), and her 2nd straight Portland Classic title.
From the CBC online:
Defending champion Brooke Henderson survived some tense moments on the back nine on the way to a four-stroke victory Sunday at the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic.
The second-ranked Henderson shot a 14-under 274 after a final round 71 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, pulling away from American Stacy Lewis, who was 10-under after a 69.
“To repeat and try to defend a championship for the first time and be able to do it is, I think, a really big deal.,” Henderson said. “Third win on the LPGA Tour is really cool.”
Henderson became the first back-to-back winner at Portland since Annika Sorenstam won consecutive tournaments in 2002 and 2003. The 18-year-old from Smith Falls, Ont., is the first wire-to-wire winner at Portland since the tournament went to a 72-hole event in 2013.
Second – Dustin Johnson is getting scary, and with a major title notched onto his belt – who knows how good this guy is going to be going forward?
He ran down Jason Day yesterday to win the Bridgestone Invitational, and while I said to watch out for him after his Saturday 66, I didn’t see him winning over Day, who could have taken it with a simple 68.
From ESPN online:
He came roaring back at the Bridgestone Invitational. In the toughest conditions at Firestone in nearly a decade, Johnson made it look easy Sunday, when he closed with a 4-under 66 and rallied from a 3-shot deficit against the world’s No. 1 player to win another World Golf Championship.
He needed some help from Jason Day, who collapsed on the back nine. Johnson did his part by making a tough par save on the 15th hole, when he got in range, and pouring in a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole that made a bogey at the end meaningless.
Two starts, two victories, and now No. 2 in the world.
I can tell you this – Johnson’s been sneaky great to this point.
Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer hold the record of 17 consecutive years on the PGA Tour with at least one win. Nicklaus by the way won at least 2 events each of those 17 years, another reason to put him above Tiger Woods (who had 14 years in a row with at least one win from ’96-’10).
And who currently holds the longest streak? None other than Dustin Johnson, win 9 years running winning on Tour.
Third thought – what happened to Jason Day yesterday? Talk about a collapse – his score walking off the 14th green was the winning score (-7, and Dustin Johnson won with -6), then he went bogey-double-par-bogey on his last four holes.
To be fair, JD was fighting his swing all week, though the score didn’t show it. I noticed that he has made some changes to his swing, and perhaps he’s still getting used to it (I heard references to him struggling with his standard draw, and not quite being able to hit the fade he’s been working to, leading to the 2-way miss).
And more on Day’s swing in a bit… I was anticipating today’s posting being both a congrats to him, with a look at his excellent “low heel impact” move, and he had the tournament well in hand yesterday before the inexplicable finishing 4 holes.
In fact, he ended up tied 3rd with – Jordan Spieth, who turned in a -3 final round, though he was never in contention. Rather, the field (excluding Dustin) came back to him after Spieth turned in the 67 well before the last players finished.
Still, a better final round score and placing than I figured.
Oh, and with that #2 in the World Ranking, Johnson pushes Spieth down to #3 – shocking to say, but as good as Jason Day had been the past 12 months, he had better get it in gear, because it looks like DJ is only getting warmed up this summer!
Happy Independence Day To my American friends
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