Dustin Johnson Wins RBC Canadian Open Powered by M4 Driver & TP5x Golf Ball

This past weekend we crowned a new champion for #OurOpen. The top-ranked golfer in the world claimed his third victory of the 2018 PGA Tour Season. Dustin Johnson claimed his hat-trick this past weekend at the RBC Canadian Open joining Bubba Watson as the only players on Tour with three victories this year.

johnson an RBC Brand Ambassador and long-time TaylorMade Golf athlete powered his way to victory on the heels of the M4 driver and TP5x golf ball. With his distance Johnson brought the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design (Glen Abbey Golf Club) to its trembling knees. Below is a press release shared by Nick Orbritsch (Marketing Manager TaylorMade Golf Canada) that outlines what DJ had in his bag that led him to victory.

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Photo Credit: TaylorMade Golf Canada via Getty Images

Johnson’s 3rd win of the season is 19th in his PGA TOUR career and the 15th for TaylorMade’s M3 & M4 Drivers in 2018

What You Need to Know:

  • TaylorMade’s 2018 M Drivers featuring Twist Face Technology now have victories in 10 tournaments on the PGA TOUR this season and 15 worldwide, outpacing any other manufacturer this season.
  • Having found success with both the M3 & M4 drivers this year, Johnson played the 10.5° M4 driver this week, which has been his go-t0 of late. After tinkering with another shaft, he has it equipped with a Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 X Tour Spec 2.0, a shaft he’s most comfortable with and has found much success using. For the week, he averaged 322.8 yards off the tee with a long of 392 yards (2) with an accuracy of 66% (37/56). He was also #1 in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee (7.54), as well as Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (14.22) and Strokes Gained: Total (16.45) for the week as well.
  • Johnson’s three-stroke victory is his third PGA TOUR title this season and the 19th of his career.
  • Earlier this season, Johnson made the switch into the P730 DJ Proto Irons. As he has for most of his recent career, DJ has them equipped with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold X100 shafts.
  • Johnson has praised the performance of the TP5 golf ball since he first put it into play at the Tournament of Champions last year. It’s the 9th win on the PGA TOUR this season for TP5(x), with DJ adding his third win along with Day, Rahm, Rose and McIlroy.
  • Johnson, along with many other players – both on staff and non-contracted – once again made the Spider Tour putter the most played model this week at the RBC Canadian Open, a testament to the performance of Pure Roll technology. After testing out a few other putter shapes, Johnson has predominantly played the Spider Tour Black model with no sightline, the same putter that elevated him to #1 in the world.
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Dustin Johnson’s Winning Bag at the RBC Canadian Open:

M4 Driver | 10.5° | Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 X Tour Spec 2.0

M4 Fairway | 3HL 16.5° | Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 95 X

P730 DJ Proto Irons | 3-PW | Dynamic Gold X100

Milled Grind Raw Wedges | 52° & 60° + 64° Hi-Toe | KBS Tour Black 130 X

TP5x Golf Ball (#1)

Until The Next Tee!!

The 2018 RBC Canadian Open Final Round

Well today is the day. It’s the morning of the final round of #OurOpen. As I sit here at 9:30 in the morning the conditions as I look out my window could be best described as benign. Nary a cloud in the sky or a breeze for that matter. What does this mean? It could be a real low scoring day during the final round of the 2018 RBC Canadian Open.

Saturday was a day full of excitement in that the first page of the leaderboard was jammed. Sitting atop the first page of the leaderboard  at -17 are four golfers that have varying degrees of familiarity with golf fans abroad. First you have the “Big Man on Campus” world #1 ranked golfer Dustin Johnson. Johnson who not only is sponsored by RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) but also warmed up to everyone in attendance at ‘The Rink” on Wednesday. Johnson was garbbed in one of his father-in-law’s jersey’s and those in attendance loved it (pictured below).

 

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Photo Credit: Golfweek

The next two golfers are from South Korea.

First there is Whee Kim whose actual name  is Meenwhee Kim. Kim, entered the week ranked #155 in the world.  That ranking will get better if his finish holds up. Whee Kim has had a slough of missed cuts this year but he did have a 16th place finish at the recent John Deere Classic. While I don’t know a lot (if anything) about Whee Kim I do know one thing about him. On Tuesday during the practice round he was very engaging with the young fans around the 6th green.

Also from South Korea is Byeong Hun An (pictured above). Ranked 61st in the OWGR An has actually amassed a very good season very quietly. He’s had Top 10 finishes at the Memorial, RBC Heritage, and The Honda Classic. An will be paired with DJ in the final round when they tee off at 1:40 pm EST. As i recollect he played his practice round with Kim and was equally engaging with the spectators in attendance.imageedit_43_2141856402

30 year-old American Kevin Tway is also right there in the mix at -17. He’ll be teeing off with Whee Kim in the second to last pairing. during the 2018 PGA Tour season Tway has had a very nice season. Much like An, Kevin Tway has had a very nice season. He’s seen his OWGR go from 221st during the week of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to his current position 147th. So his overall game is trending the right way. Could it be enough to hold off the likes of DJ, Whee Kim and An? Who knows really?

As far as Canadian content goes my prediction of Corey Conners was way off base (so was Varner III winning). Mackenzie Hughes could make things really interesting this afternoon. The reason why I say this is because the conditions are perfect for somebody to make a big move and go low. Maybe Hughes is that guy. Hughes tees off at 12:30 pm EST and sits at -11. Yes, the names above him have an equal opportunity to go really deep today during the final round and he needs a -6 today alone to catch the current leaders. But an astounding number like -10 would really get him into the conversation. Dare to dream right?!

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Mackenzie Hughes won the Rivermead challenge Trophy in 2017. He could repeat in 2018. (Photo Credit: Canadian Golf Hall of Fame)

Either way, what people don’t realize is that during the Canadian Open there’s a tournament within the tournament. It\s no secret that no Canadian golfer has won our Open since Pat Fletcher in 1954. That drought could have ended in 2004 when Vijay Singh beat Canadian Mike Weir in a playoff. That year Weir would win the Rivermead Challenge Trophy for being the Low Canadian. Hughes won this prestigious trophy in 2017 and he could repeat… that said he has his eyes on aspirations a little bit bigger than the Rivermead.

Time will tell how the 2018 RBC Canadian Open finishes. It very well could be DJ who wins and I’d like that a lot. As would legions of Canadian golf fans across our great, unique and diverse country. Will this be the final Canadian Open held at the famed Glen Abbey Golf Club? That answer remains unknown and flutters in the wind.

Until The Next Tee!!

 

WITB Pics From The 2018 RBC Canadian Open

Well, my plan was to get some coverage of the 2018 RBC Canadian Open. I had high hopes of being granted media credentials to provide the best possible coverage that I could provide.

However, I would be denied. Being someone that’s fought hard for every inch of ground he’s gained or every page view that he’s received I don’t know how to succumb to quitting. It wasn’t my parents way and it sure as hell isn’t my way either. Determined to get some coverage I did whatever I could to get a variety of pictures with a focus on some WITB pics.

Below are some of the pics from the 2018 RBC Canadian Open. Enjoy!!

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Shane Lowry walking up #1.

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Corey Conners

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Shane Lowry

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Sergio checking out his putter.

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Wesley Bryan

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Harold Varner III

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Retief Goosen rolling a Bettinardi.

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Cameron Champ

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George Cunningham

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Sergio’s golf ball.

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Sergio Garcia’s golf bag. That Carnoustie headcover is the best ever.

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Martin Laird

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Chad Campbell’s bag is interesting. Adams Golf irons and lead tape on his TaylorMade Golf M2 (2017)

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Joaquin Niemann

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Until The Next Tee!!