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Monday, July 30, 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 RBC Canadian Open

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Around the wider world of golf: Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Senior Open, giving him two Champions Tour majors this season; Ariya Jutanugarn won the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open on the LPGA/LET, which should also give her the #1 spot in the Rolex Rankings; Martin Trainer secured his PGA Tour card with a win at the Price Cutter Charity Championship on the Tour; Peter Campbell (a Canadian!) won the Beijing Championship on the PGA TOUR China; Kendall Dye won the Fuccillo Kia Classic of NY for her third Symetra Tour win; Justin Harding won the Royal Cup for back-to-back Asian Tour titles; and Richard McEvoy won his first European Tour title at the Porsche European Open.

Dustin Johnson with Canadian Open trophy

It was the last time the RBC Canadian Open was to be played at Glen Abbey, and Dustin Johnson didn't want to waste the opportunity.

So the new RBC ambassador didn't. After some close calls in Canada, he ran away from the field for a three-shot victory.

There's not much to say about it, really. DJ basically played the par-5s with driver and wedge, putting him four-under on his final round with very little effort. Three more birdies (against a single bogey) turned Sunday's round into a casual stroll to victory.

A stroll interrupted by a rain delay, but we all know that DJ isn't bothered by little things like that.

The big news wasn't the win so much as what the win did for him. It gave him 19 total PGA Tour wins in his career, tied for third among active players on the main tour; made him the first player since Tiger to win at least three times in each of three consecutive years; and it vaulted him to the top of the FedExCup standings.

To be honest, DJ has won so much over the last few years that I'm running out of superlatives to describe how he plays. When his game is a little off, we all march out the "he doesn't work hard enough" talk. But when he has it all together, the rest of the field can only shake their heads and wish he'd work even less. Counting his missed cut at the Open, he's got two wins, a third place finish and a T8 in his last five events. How realistic are the complaints?

I'm not complaining, DJ. Here, have another Limerick Summary on me.
For DJ, it’s nineteen and counting;
The case for his greatness is mounting!
Ten wins in three years
Gives his fans cause to cheer
While competitors find themselves frowning!
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