WELL, that’s the end of the Jordan and Jason show for this season with Jordan Spieth finishing in a flourish after a four-stroke win in the Tour Championship last weekend.
With five wins, including The Masters and the US Open, a T4 in The Open and 2nd in the USPGA he had a year to remember. Jason Day also had five wins, including the USPGA, a T4 in The Open and a creditable T9 in the US Open while suffering from a severe bout of vertigo.
Can’t wait for next season with a fully-fit Rory McIlroy trying to get back in the mix.
My selection Justin Rose gave it a real go in the final round with a 66 but fell a bit short but he still gave me a return with his T2nd place.
With the PGA Tour over for the season I can now focus on the European Tour which pitches up at St Andrews, Carnoustie, and Kingsbarns for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. This tournament is notoriously difficult to forecast as the last two winners (Oliver Wilson and David Howell) prove.
European Top Golfer of the Month for August, Shane Lowry, returns to European shores after his superb WGC-Bridgestone Invitational win in Ohio. His approach shot on the 72nd hole over the trees at Akron was sublime and to seal the victory with an 11ft birdie putt was sheer class.
Coming up to the final part of the Race to Dubai the Irishman is sitting sixth and has a good record here with a third-place finish in 2013 and sixth in 2014. Looks good for a place.
Branden Grace has had a good season this year and a T4 in the US Open, T20 in The Open and 3rd in the USPGA has now got people speaking of him as a Major contender of the future.
In his first year on Tour in 2012 Grace won four tournaments which included this event in the final round at St Andrews. He is sitting fifth in the R2D, just ahead of my first choice Shane Lowry, and will certainly put pressure on those ahead of him in the final tournaments of this season.
Danny Willett had a great Open at St Andrews finishing a T6 and with four rounds in the 60s two weeks ago in Italy is in top form. Just over 300,000pts behind Rory in the R2D he has a great chance to go top as the Irishman isn’t taking part this week.
With two wins and five top-10 finishes he’s having a good season and if his form continues he could finish the season on top of the pile.
In August Brooks Koepka had three top-six finishes, including a T5 in the USPGA, but missed two cuts in the Barclays and Deutsche Bank. He seems to be regaining some form after a T49 in the BMW and T18 last week.
I saw him at the Scottish Open at Gullane this year where he finished T22 and he looked at ease on the links course. In The Open the following week he finished T10 having started with a 71 and improved by one every subsequent round.
He seemed to be getting to grips with the course as the week went on. In fact in those two tournaments he wasn’t over par in any of the eight rounds. Last year he was T9 at the Dunhill which included a 64 at St Andrews in the third round.
Shane Lowry 2pts ew (20-1, Ladbrokes, William Hill)
Branden Grace 1.5pts ew (18-1, Coral)
Danny Willett 1.5pts ew (20-1, Ladbrokes, BetVictor)
Brooks Koepka 1.5pts ew (20-1, Ladbrokes, Betfred)
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