There are males’s and ladies’s majors and a preferred new winner on the PGA Tour amongst AFP Sport’s golf talking points this week:
– Dustin rests for his defence –
Dustin Johnson appears to be in two minds the best way to finest put together to defend his Masters crown subsequent week at Augusta.
The world primary made a late entry final Friday to this week’s Texas Open after a poor displaying finally week’s WGC Match Play, solely to drag out on Monday.
Maybe it’s the quick turnaround since slipping on the winner’s inexperienced jacket for the primary time that has him befuddled.
Every different recipient has had a 12 months to bask within the glory of being Masters champion, however not Johnson, due to the event being postponed from its conventional early April slot final 12 months due to the Covid pandemic.
“I now plan to spend the week at home in preparation for next week’s Masters,” Johnson tweeted on Monday.
Johnson gained with an all-time Augusta low rating of 20-under par complete final 12 months however is now making an attempt to keep away from an altogether completely different Masters file.
If he would not win on Sunday, April 11, his reign can have lasted simply 21 weeks — the shortest within the event’s 87-year historical past.
– Park chases Pak –
Park In-bee’s seasonal debut final week noticed her romp to victory on the Kia Classic, leaving her simply 4 wins behind legend Pak Se-ri’s South Korean file of 25 LPGA Tour titles.
Park, who moved as much as world quantity two because of this, can have an opportunity to edge one win nearer to Pak at this week’s first girls’s main of 2021, the ANA Inspiration.
But she revealed that if it wasn’t for the Olympics looming later this 12 months she might need stayed at house.
Park gained gold in Rio and is determined to defend her medal within the delayed Tokyo Games in July.
“It was my first week back out in three months or so, and I played so good,” Park stated.
“If there was no Olympics I don’t know, would I be here? It has been definitely good motivation for me.”
It’s an enormous distinction to males’s primary Johnson, whose motivation clearly lies elsewhere after already stating he shall be skipping Tokyo.
– Hats off to Dahmen –
The ever-affable Joel Dahmen will not be a family identify, however lots have been rooting for him as he gained his maiden PGA Tour occasion on the Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, for he has been by way of the mill of life’s ups and downs.
He dropped out of school, battled testicular most cancers on the age of 23 and spent years kicking across the decrease reaches of the professional sport on the PGA Canada and Web.com Tours, earlier than lastly reaching the US PGA Tour in 2016-17.
His web site, JoelDahmen.com, greets you with the banner “Fun. Survivor. Golfer.” and now, at 33, Dahmen says credit his “life and death” expertise for making him some of the likeable characters within the sport.
“If I didn’t have cancer, I’d be a washed-up driving range pro telling people how good I used to be,” he as soon as stated.
With a US PGA Tour title lastly beneath his belt after 111 makes an attempt and gross sales of his “#endcancer” signature bucket hats set to take off after his success within the Dominican Republic on Sunday, Dahmen can now let his golf do the talking.
– Leading world rankings –
Week starting March 29, 2021
1. Dustin Johnson (USA) 11.26
2. Justin Thomas (USA) 9.26
3. Jon Rahm (ESP) 8.68
4. Collin Morikawa (USA) 7.47
5. Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 7.26
6. Xander Schauffele (USA) 6.81
7. Patrick Reed (USA) 6.21
8. Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 6.00
9. Webb Simpson (USA) 5.94
10. Patrick Cantlay (USA) 5.84
17. Billy Horschel (USA) 4.44 (+17)
1. Ko Jin-young (KOR) 9.45
2. Park In-bee (KOR) 8.25 (+2)
3. Kim Sei-young (KOR) 7.61 (-1)
4. Nelly Korda (USA) 7.50 (-1)
5. Danielle Kang (USA) 6.47
6. Lexi Thompson (USA) 5.56 (+3)
7. Brooke Henderson (CAN) 5.54 (-1)
8. Nasa Hatoaka (JPN) 5.18 (-1)
9. Kim Hyo-joo (KOR) 5.15 (-1)
10 Minjee Lee (AUS) 5.07