DJ's historic flop, Daly collapses on course and Tiger's day in court: What you missed this weekend
Welcome to the Dew Sweeper, your one-stop shop to catch up on the weekend action from the golf world. From the professional tours, trending news, social media headlines and upcoming events, here's every golf-related thing you need to know for the morning of Oct. 30.
Historic collapse by DJ
Dustin Johnson made history on Sunday. A history he’d rather forget.
The 33-year-old tied a mark for losing the largest fourth-round lead in tour play, shooting a five-over 77 in blowing a six-shot advantage at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
“I just could never get anything going and didn’t hole any putts,” Johnson said. “It was pretty simple.”
Johnson, who began the day at 17 under for the tournament, opened with consecutive bogeys, but stayed afloat by following with nine straight pars. Alas, three bogeys down the closing stretch—along with his approach on the par-5 18th finding the water—left Johnson on the wrong side of the record book.
“I just gave a few away,” Johnson remarked. “Tough conditions. But it is what it is.”
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A late autumn bloom for Rose
Following his final round at Sheshan, Justin Rose admitted he thought he was "playing for second." And with good reason: the Englishman teed off eight shots behind Johnson. Yet, it's Rose that leaves China with a trophy thanks to a fiery back nine, winning the WGC-HSBC by two shots.
“It’s the kind of day you certainly don’t expect,” said Rose. “It’s the kind of a day you hope for—dream for—but a lot of things need to go your way in order for a day like today to happen, coming from eight shots behind, especially going against a player like DJ.”
Halfway through his round, Rose didn't appear on the precipice of victory, bogeying three of the final four holes on the front. But a spirited charge on his second nine, highlighted by five birdies in a seven-hole stretch, vaulted Rose up the leader board as the rest of the field struggled to find its footing.
It was Rose's 18th professional victory, and eighth on the PGA Tour. Moreover, after summer-long slump following his Masters defeat, Rose has now posted five straight top-10 finishes. Proving that, no matter the deficit, never count out a man with a gold medal around his neck.
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Jackson's the ticket for journeyman
If Johnson's loss had any effect on Ryan Armour's psyche, the journeyman kept it under wraps. Beginning the day with a five-shot advantage, the 41-year-old turned in a steady performance in Mississippi to win the Sanderson Farms Championship for his first career PGA Tour victory.
"Big monkey off my back, I'm not going to lie," Armour said. "There is a lot of emotions running through my head right now...It's great. It's job security for a few years, which I've never really had out here."
That would be putting it lightly. A former All-American at Ohio State, Armour has bounced around the big leagues and minors since turning pro in 1999, logging just four top 10s on the PGA Tour until this week. Thanks to his triumph at the C.C. of Jackson, Armour will get plenty of chances to augment that number, earning a two-year exemption via victory.
Chesson Hadley came in a distant second, with Jonathan Randolph racking up bronze. Also of note is Scott Strohmeyer, a former teammate of Justin Thomas at Alabama. Stroymeyer went through pre-qualifying the previous Thursday, earned a tournament invite in the Monday qualifier for his first PGA Tour start, and turned in a 10-under display on the week for T-4 honors. A finish that earns him a spot in this week's Shriners Hospital for Children Open.
Daly collapses on course
John Daly has been battling a knee issue this fall, an injury that forced a mid-tournament withdraw last week. Hoping a cortisone shot would do the trick, Daly entered the PowerShares QQQ Championship, aiming to make a run at the PGA Tour Champions’ Charles Schwab Cup, Alas, despite a strong start in the event, the pain became too much, as Daly collapsed on the course at Sherwood Country Club on Saturday.
It was a scary scene, and Daly, unable to put any weight on his knee, had to be helped off the property.
This campaign had been somewhat of a rejuvenation for Daly, who won in May for the first time since 2004. He's unlikely to play in the season-ending tournament in two weeks in Phoenix.
Tiger enters diversion program
On Friday, Tiger Woods plead guilty to a charge of reckless driving, stemming from his Memorial Day arrest. The 14-time major champion agreed to enter a pre-trial diversion program, which requires him to attend a DUI school, a DUI workshop, pay a $250 fine, and complete 50 hours of community service. If he completes the program, the state will drop the DUI charge to the lesser, reckless driving charge.
A toxicology report from the incident—Woods was found passed out behind the wheel of his car—revealed that he had five drugs in his system, including Vicodin and Xanax, which he told officers he was taking to cope with a fourth back surgery he underwent the previous month. There was no alcohol in his blood.
Woods has recently been providing video updates on his comeback towards golf, but remains without a timetable for return.