One of the interesting aspects of the post-Tiger Woods golfing world is who – if any- will succeed him. One might have thought that one of the Day/Fowler and McIlroy group might push through. Dustin Johnson had the best natural game but had to confront his demons. After Day bogeyed and double bogeyed in the final holes. Yesterday , it was DJ who stormed through to win the Bridgestone. Another contender for the world’s best Jordan Spieth finished third but he is the not the tidal force major winner of last year.
Over in France, where the National was taking place at the course where the 2018 Ryder Cup will be contested, 46 year old Thongchai Jaidee won. The greatest Thai golfer of all time was born in 1969 and did not turn pro till he 30 after serving as paratrooper in the Thai army. He is the archetypal golfer from a poor back ground that has grafted his way to become a lucrative winner on the Asian and European circuit. Rory, like Jason Day, finished third and does not look the real deal either. As for Ricky Folwer he has really lost his A game.
Top five places for Spieth and Molinari made it a break-even type of weekend. I thought Germany would not beat Italy over 90 minutes and betted accordingly. Griezmannas top scorer is looking good for me. This means I have something in the war chest for the impending Open next week at Royal Troon. I need to do my homework and check the weather conditions. On a Links course you can see incredible variations in weather and therefore club selection. Dustin Johnson is going into the tourney in the best form but I have sneaking fancy for Shane Lowry