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DJ Collects Third Win at BMW Championship

Dustin Johnson’s remarkable year continued to roll on this past Sunday as he marched triumphantly to collect his trophy at the BMW Championship. Johnson took home the trophy this weekend by beating Paul Casey (20-under-par) by three strokes.

Going into this weekend Johnson had already claimed two wins in June at the US Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and while this win did catapult him back into first place in the FedEx Cup rankings, this weekend won’t win the FedEx Cup. Johnson will have to come back better than ever to take on the other 29 competitors he’ll be facing this next weekend at the Tour Championship if he wants to cap off this 2015-16 season with a FedEx Cup win.

Nevertheless, Johnson has never ceased to amaze the PGA Tour this year.

With the Tour Championship coming up this next weekend, the PGA Tour had to cut players ranked from No. 31 to No. 70, and a few players were able to squeeze their way into the final event of the year. Most notably, Roberto Castro made the leap from No. 53 to No. 21 thanks to a third place finish this past weekend at the BMW Championship. Daniel Berger, J.B. Holmes, and Charl Schwartzel were also able to fight their way into the top-30 with their performances as well.

However, with people like Castro moving up the ranks, people have to fall as well. Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, and Brooks Koepka all fell out of the top-30 after placing lower than they would like this past weekend.

Next week, the PGA Tour heads to the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta for the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola where the world will see the best golfers of the 2015-16 season duke it out one last time.

Foursome Atop Leader Board at Travelers Championship

Through 36 holes at the Travelers Championship, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Daniel Berger, Russell Henley and Marc Leishman have found themselves all knotted up in a tie for first at 7-under.

The amazing part about golf is that it can be anyone’s day/weekend, with this weekend being no exception. The gap between the highest ranked player and the lowest ranked player of those four men in the official world golf rankings is 308 spots; Berger ranked 40th and Van Aswegen ranked 348th.

Van Aswegen hasn’t found himself in a position like this since October of last year at the Frys.com Open where he finished tied for third. It’s also a nice change of pace for Berger as well. Berger, who won the FedEx St. Jude Classic back in June, has had little success since then with his best finish of tied for 37th coming at the U.S. Open back in July. Prior to his first career win, Berger was shaping up to be a solid young golfer and a Ryder Cup hopeful, but his recent struggles have shifted the eyes of the golf world away from him. Now, with Berger’s name back in the spotlight he has a chance to prove he’s worthy of a spot on the Ryder Cup team and a spot in our mind when we think of golfers.

Bubba Watson (Courtesy of Michael Cohen/Getty Images via zimbio.com)

Bubba Watson (Courtesy of Michael Cohen/Getty Images via zimbio.com)

The previous champion and current Olympian, Bubba Watson, hasn’t found the same success he had last year at TPC River Highlands posting a 3-under score through the first two rounds. However, Watson was propelled to a first place finish last year thanks to an 8-under 62 in his first round, but from what I’ve seen during the television coverage, Watson is not dialed into that caliber of play.  Luckily for us, we’ll get a chance to see if Watson can channel something spectacular for these last 36 holes.

Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar also elected to keep their commitment to the Travelers Championship and have kept pace with their counterpart Watson. Kuchar is currently sitting at 4-under and Reed at 3-under.

Play resumes tomorrow as the golf world looks to see if that four-way tie will be broken, or if the traffic jam will continue to grow. Until then, enjoy this.

 

Berger Brings Home First Career Win

Another weekend of golf is in the books for the 2015-16 season and another first-time winner was crowned. Daniel Berger took home the trophy at the FedEx St. Jude Classic after posting an aggregate score of 13-under. Berger was the second youngest golfer to take home a win at this event.

Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, and Steve Stricker finished the event at 10-under a piece in a three-way tie for second place.

Berger was impeccable this weekend and after the second round, he just seemed to cruise through TPC Southwind, short of a few hiccups. In his final round, Berger bogeyed both the first and tenth hole but avoided the downward spiral young, and adept, players can fall into after a bad hole or two in a clutch situation. Berger trekked on despite his mistakes and made two birdies on the front and three on the back to cover up his tracks and then some. Berger would go on to post a three-under 67 to finish up the event.

All three golfers in the second place tie played phenomenal as well, but their shortcoming allows us to examine the importance of being able to post a score at some place under par in every round. Both Koepka and Mickelson got off to a slow start on Thursday by posting rounds at even-par. Stricker back-pedaled by posting a one-over 71 in his second round after a four-under 66 in his first. While this wasn’t their sole downfall, it emphasizes the importance of consistency on the PGA Tour.

Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Oakmont Country Club for the U.S. Open as an extensive list of golfers will attempt to dethrone Jordan Spieth. Play starts this Thursday at 6:45 AM ET, with TV coverage starting on Fox Sports One at 10 AM ET.

Daniel Berger Leads Though Two Rounds at St. Jude Classic

With day two in the books at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennesse, Daniel Berger is the outright leader at nine-under par after posting a three-under 67 on day one and a six-under 64 yesterday.

Berger, a former Florida State Seminole, currently holds a three-stroke lead over Tom Hoge, thanks to six birdies and no bogies on the day for Berger.

Berger seems to be a hollow shell of who he was last year, but in a good way. Last year, Berger missed 14 cuts of the 31 events he played in and as of right now he’s only missed three of 17. Berger’s play this year could potentially be attributed to making it to his sophomore season after getting his footing last year. Berger has yet to log a finish inside the top-five this season but if he keeps going at this rate, he shouldn’t have an issue taking home a trophy come this Sunday.

Three golfers by the names of Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, and Dustin Johnson sit tied for third at five-under a piece. All three of the golfers above have at least one win under their belts and definitely have the ability to grab a hold of the lead, it just all depends on how they play compared to Berger.

Koepka, also a former Seminole, finished tied for third at the FedEx St. Jude Classic last year and had a slim chance to bring it home but an even-par final round for Koepka and a four-under 66 for the winner, Fabian Gomez, stifled Koepka’s chances.

Mickelson also finished tied for third last year after posting a five-under 65 in his final round, but his first three rounds didn’t give him enough to take down Gomez.

Johnson withdrew from last year’s St. Jude Classic due to illness but he won the event in 2012, so he definitely has the ability and knowledge of the course to take home the trophy, but with golf, nothing is ever certain.

Play begins tomorrow at 7:30 AM CDT.