Monday 27th March 2017
WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play.
Dustin Johnson emphasised his standing as PGA Tour player of the year and World #1 in holding of John Rahm(Spain) winning 1 up on the final hole in Austin Texas. It looked for all the world that this was going to be a walk in the park for Johnson after going 5 up after 8 and Rahm seemingly losing his cool stature that he had shown by easing his way to the final.
With both players getting their pars on 1 and 2 Johnson edged his nose in front on the 3rd with a birdie, which signalled the frustrations in Rahm as he misread his putt. This started a run of 4 birdies in a row for Johnson with another at 8 leaving him 5 up. Rahm hit back at the 9th with his first birdie of the round, going to the 10th tee 4 down.
Another birdie at the 10th brought Rham back to just 3 down, but Johnson hit back with a birdie at 12 and put him in a position of 4 up with 6 to play.
Now it was Rahm’s turn to show why he had got to the final in beating the likes of Bill Haas, Soren Kjeldsen and Charlie Howell 111. 3 birdies in 4 holes got the match into a mouth-watering last 2 holes with Johnson just 1 ahead. But with both players managing to par 17 and 18 meant a 1 up victory for Dustin Johnson.
This victory means that Johnson has won the last 3 tournaments that he has teed up in and gives him a career tally of all 4 WGC tournaments.
The consolation match saw Japanese player Hideto Tanihara beat Bill Haas 2 and 1.
No European tour event again this week, seems there too much going on in the States this month and with the Masters now only 2 weeks away there isn’t going to be too much to report on next week either.
Kia Classic Carlsbad CA.
Mirim Lee (Korea) tied the Tournament record of -20 to win the Kia Classic by 6 strokes from fellow countrywoman So Yeon Ryu and USA’s Austin Ernst.
Her win lifted Lee up 2 places in the World Rankings to 21.
We are still not quite clear as to whether Tiger Woods will enter the fray of the Masters this year. In an interview this week on Good Morning America TV program, all Tiger could say was “He hopes so and he is doing everything possible to get back playing”.
The European Tour is adding a new tournament this coming May in the form of Golf Sixes. Representatives from around the world will take part in a new format of a 2 man 6 hole competition. England will be represented by Chris Wood and Andy Sullivan.
Following the U-Turn of Muirfield to allow lady members into its fold, another Golf Club this time in Japan has been forced to reassess its policy on women members to retain their status of hosting the 2020 Olympic Golf competition.
When the Tokyo Olympic committee threatened to find another venue for the Olympic Golf, the private club just north of Tokyo had to rescind on their policy of not allowing women members full status and banning from playing on Sundays. Although the club allows women to play the course they weren’t accepted as members, now that ruling has been altered.
That’s all for this week fellow Golfers, as we get another 7 days closer to the Masters have a great weeks golf and see you all next week.