Dustin Johnson keeps filling the few vacant spots left in his trophy case.
A third-round 64 meant Johnson was in firm control heading into Monday's last 18 holes of the Tour Championship, and though Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm played well in trying to chase him down, the lanky world No. 1 completed his torrid run through the FedEx Cup playoffs and won the PGA Tour's season finale at East Lake. Earlier, he had said he wanted to win the FedEx Cup. When it was done, he said he was very proud to do it. A $15 million check must've been a nice bonus.
Johnson and the PGA Tour itself mirrored each other in the past 13 weeks, Ron Green Jr. says, both making extraordinary accomplishments look a lot easier than they were.
As the 2019-20 season wrapped in Atlanta, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan addressed a checklist of pertinent issues with optimism. And after only the briefest moment of breath catching, the tour this week embarks on a new season jammed with marquee events and intrigue.
With a successful UK Swing as a launching point, the European Tour has emerged from its pandemic-connected shutdown in high spirits about the state of the game there. John Hopkins writes that experiences have been mixed but there can be no doubt the situation is rosier than could have been expected.
For senior professionals in Europe, the Staysure Tour is morphing into the Legends Tour. And as Lewine Mair tells us, enthusiastic organizer Ryan Howsam sees nothing but positives and the players say they're thrilled with the new outlook
And on Sunday there, 29-year-old American John Catlin claimed his first victory on the European Tour at the Andalucía Masters, completing a steady week's work in Spain by outdueling former world No. 1 Martin Kaymer in the final round.
When Tyler Strafaci won the U.S. Amateur last month, his was but one of a handful of compelling storylines for the four collegians who filled out the semifinals. Matthew Sharpstene's run stopped one match short of the final, but as Sean Fairholm relates, the transfer player headed to UNC-Charlotte built serious momentum for himself at Bandon Dunes.
Finally, in this week's installment of The Divot, Scott Michaux describes how he interacted with his caddie during a recent round in Kansas City. It may have been impersonal, but it still was highly satisfying.