World No. 1 Dustin Johnson missed the cut last week at a major. What can he do this week?
When John Daly and Constantino Rocca competed for the 1995 British Open title at St. Andrews, it seemed that it may be Italy’s best hope of a golfer finally winning a major, but Daly won in a playoff.
Fast forward 13 years and to a different Italian, named Francesco Molinari. Molinari actually finished tied for second during the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow. But it was just last weekend at Carnoustie that the golfer became the first Italian—male or female—to win a major title.
Molinari, who also won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May, won The Open by two strokes, leaving Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele, Kevin Kisner and Rory McIlroy all tied for second.
If Molinari sounds like a familiar name in your distant past, it’s because of the alliteration: Molinari and the Miracle at Medinah. Remember? The 2012 Ryder Cup when a young Italian defeated Tiger Woods in their singles match.
Those Vegas Odds
The Canadian Open is a tournament Jhonattan Vegas knows well since he’s the back-to-back Canadian Open champion. But the odds of him three-peating aren’t high.
Only four weeks remain in the FexEx Cup regular season for the odds at stake: one of the 125 playoff spots.
This week the tour players will tee off at Glen Abbey Golf Course, a 7,236-yard par 72. And it’s a tournament Jhonattan Vegas knows well since he’s the back-to-back Canadian Open champion. When he beat Charley Hoffman in a one-hole playoff, it made Vegas just the second player in 66 years to defend a Canadian Open title. But the odds of him three-peating aren’t high.
The favor is in a victory going to the world’s top-ranked player, Dustin Johnson. DJ is one week removed from missing a cut at a major. But he did finish in the Top 10 last year, finished tied for eighth. But not sure this will be his big week. The odds are also favoring back-to-back U.S. open champion Brooks Koepka.
With a solid field that includes eight golfers in the FedEx Cup Top 30 standings, this week is considered the easier week during a final four-week stretch that includes two majors: The Open and the PGA Championship (plus WGC-Bridgestone.)
We’re not saying the course in Canada is easy, by any stretch. It used to be a premier event for the who’s who of professional golf, with victors like Sam Snead, Tiger Woods and Lee Trevino.
But with its scheduling in between The Open and the PGA Championship, it’s lost some of its lusters. Still, the event is the third oldest tournament on the Tour, behind the British and U.S. Open.
Ryder Cup on the Line
While a three-peat by Vegas would be unbelievable and a comeback by Dustin Justin would be incredible, we’re not sure it’ll be either. Guys like Tony Finau and Tommy Fleetwood are looking for a shot at the Ryder Cup and if any weekend is their chance to shine, it’s this one.