Sunday, June 10, 2012

Johnson Plays a Great Final Round to Win the FedEx St. Jude Classic

Dustin Johnson is the winner! If I had to choose from the first round, he most certainly wouldn't be my choice. For the 3 final rounds, he was on fire and finished with a total of -9. As I have said, his putting wasn't great, but Johnson didn't seem to struggle as much with shorter putts has he normally does.

The one person who did struggle with shorter putts, especially in the 3rd round was Davis Love III. He gave up a lot of birdie chances which definitely came back to bite him, though this was the first great tournament of -7 for the veteran golfer.

As a follow-up round of +3 from yesterday, Ken Duke surged back with a 5 under round today bringing him to a total of -6, but it was a little to late. It was a strong tournament for Duke, but he had to have been kicking himself for that one round that he gave the tournament away. He is still searching for his first win in his great rookie season.

Rory McIlroy also gave the tournament away in the last two rounds. He was 2 over in round 3, and played great for the first 9 today. On the back 9, he was 2 over which included a double bogey on the 18th hole...not a great way to end. McIlroy did lead the field in driving distance, but his driving accuracy killed him considering that it was under 50%, and he only hit about a third of his fairways today.

As you can tell, there was a lot of talent that threw away their chances at the winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Johnson surprised me considering this was his first start after he spent months recovering from back surgery. In fact, his driving distance was above 300 yards. The U.S. Open is just around the corner, and I am looking forward to the talent in this year's field. My pick would have to Ian Poulter considering that he is always my main golfer of choice.

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