PSN PGA Tour Report: Week 18

In the Hole:

A year ago at this time Dustin Johnson was an ascending talent who couldn’t win the big one. Fast forward to today and not only is he the defending U.S. Open champion and world’s top-ranked player, but after Sunday he became the only player to ever win all four WGC events by beating Jon Rahm at Match Play in Texas.

By Greg DePalma, PSN Executive Producer

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The Final Scorecard

-On a rollDustin Johnson is the best and hottest player in golf today after winning his third straight PGA Tour event at the World Golf Championships in Austin, Texas. The world’s No. 1 player has 16 top-10s, 12 top-5s, 2 runner-ups and 6 wins over his last 20 events worldwide. The next time we get to see him will be at the Masters where he looks to capture his second major title and first green jacket. Johnson’s top two results (4th and 6th) at Augusta have come in his last two appearances.

-The next star player…22-year-old Jon Rahm won his first pro tournament at the Farmers Insurance Open in January and after just his 22nd pro event he now ranks 14th in the world after nearly beating the world’s best player on Sunday. For his career, Rahm has 13 top-25s, 6 top-5s, 2 runner-ups and a win as he looks to become the first player since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 to win the Masters in his first attempt. Rahm is scheduled to play this week in Houston for the first time too.

-Better late than never…You might have noticed a player in Match Play whom you’ve never seen or heard of before. But after beating the likes of Jordan Spieth to win his group and then making it all the way to the semifinals, Hideto Tanihara has to feel like he’s finally made it to the big time. I say finally because unlike fellow countryman 25-year-old Hideki Matsuyama, Tanihara is 38 and has been playing professionally in Japan since the turn of the century. After 393 professional events and 14 wins since 2000, Tanihara finally registered his first top-5 in the U.S.

On the Tee – Houston Open

For an early look at this week’s Shell Houston Open you can check out Jeff Shain’s First Look Reports every Friday at PGATour.com.

Here are the opening odds for notable players to keep an eye on for this week’s event…

FAVORITES

Jordan Spieth (6-1)

Jon Rahm (10-1)

Henrik Stenson (12-1)

Rickie Fowler (14-1)

CONTENDERS

Justin Rose (18-1)

Phil Mickelson (20-1)

Adam Scott (25-1)

LONGSHOTS

JB Holmes (33-1)

Daniel Berger (40-1)

Billy Horschel (40-1)

Matt Kuchar (40-1)

Patrick Reed (40-1)

Rafael Cabrera Bello (50-1)

Jimmy Walker (50-1)

Jason Dufner (55-1)

Keegan Bradley (66-1)

Lee Westwood (66-1)

Luke Donald (100-1)

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