ZACH JOHNSON played typically gutsy links golf at the weekend and deserved his win in The Open.
The one I feel sorry for is Jason Day. He put everything into his bid for the title with three bogey-free rounds and ended up with only three bogeys. Surely he’s going to win a Major soon.
And as for Adam Scott (one of my picks) the less said the better.
From the flat links of St Andrews the European Tour moves to the beautiful mountains of Crans Montana in the Swiss Alps.
A player who had a good Open was Danny Willett and if the five-day marathon at St Andrews has not taken its toll he looks a good shout for a win here.
He had a runners-up spot at the Omega European Masters in 2012 and followed that up T5th last year. With his T6th at the weekend he has now risen to third in the Race to Dubai.
The 28-year-old Yorkshireman has improved significantly and could get his second win this season since the Nedbank in December.
My next pick is another young Englishman who had a disappointing Open.Tommy Fleetwood was one of my picks for a place but missed the cut with at one over.
He has had some good results this season with a T27 in the US Open, T11 in the BMW followed by a T10 in the Scottish. I’m not going to let that disappointment put me off backing him and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him bounce back in Switzerland.
The RBC Canadian Open takes place at the Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario with more than a dozen players who took part in the marathon at St Andrews. If the winner is to come from one of that pack it will be the one who recovers quickest from the long weekend and journey from Scotland.
It was great to see Luke Donald back to form in The Open at the weekend. He played some superb golf at St Andrews and the former world No.1 has gradually been getting back to where he was a couple of years ago.
He’s had three top-10 finishes this season including a T7 in the Travelers, followed by a similar finish at the Scottish Open and a T12 in The Open.
His stats for his four rounds were fairway hits of 75%, GIR of 67% and an average of 27. Hopefully Luke can continue his good recent form and pick up his first win of the season.
After winning his first PGA Tour tournament (Phoenix Open) in February Brooks Koepka fell away slightly but had a T3 in the FedEx Jude Classic in June. He followed that up with a T18 at Chambers Bay and a T10 at St Andrews.
After a 71 in the first round he improved every day by one stroke finishing with a fourth round 68 and had stats of fairways hit 64% and was first in GIR with 88.9%. Brooks could get close to his second win on the Tour.
Donald 1pt ew (28-1, Coral)
Koepka 1pt ew (25-1, Betfred)