Victory Roundup – World #1 Proves his Worth and a Journeyman Finally Breaks Through

by Maura Hutchinson

The week after The Open leaves most of us feeling a bit deflated but big wins and worthy victors meant this past Sunday was anything but boring.  Check out all the action from the RBC Canadian Open and the Porsche European Open including the winners’ bags.

World number one Dustin Johnson more than proved he is worthy of the top spot after a stunning performance at the RBC Canadian Open. A stellar final round 6-under 66 garnered Johnson his third win of the season and his 19th PGA Tour title.

The 34-year-old might have missed the cut last week at Carnoustie but he was back in perfect form in Canada in front of an adopted home crowd.

“It was great all week, I had a lot of support out there, a lot of fans following me,” said Johnson after his win. “With my ties to Canada with Paulina [Johnson’s fiancee] and then her dad being Wayne Gretzky [Canadian professional hockey player], it definitely helps. I get a lot of fans that pull for Wayne, they pull for me.”

Sunday’s win gives Johnson his 10th victory in 43 starts. Check out the TaylorMade gear #1 is using this season:

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M4
Irons: TaylorMade P730
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind; TaylorMade Hi-Toe
Putter: Spider Tour Black
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Over on the European Tour, England’s Richard McEvoy secured his first Tour title at the Porsche European Open. Seventeen years and 285 starts after turning pro, the 39-year-old is finally a European Tour winner.

McEvoy’s breakthrough win comes just one week after he won on the European Challenge Tour. Something the Englishman claims gave him an enormous boost going into the tournament in Germany last week.

“Massive confidence boost,” said McEvoy about his victory the week before. Adding, “Going back there (to the Challenge Tour) is quite hard at times, being the age I am, 39, but it is great to go back there and do what I did last week, to win and couldn’t have given me a bigger lift for the rest of the year and for obviously this week.”

It was quite evident just how much his victory on Sunday meant to McEvoy. Validating the huge journey the 39-year-old has been on since turning pro in 2001.

“It’s incredible,” he said. “I’ve waited a long time, 17 years as a pro on and off the Tour. I’m absolutely over the moon. A lot of hard work, a lot of bad years, a lot of good years but it’s never quite happened and it was my time on that 18th green today.”

Speaking of the 18th green, another storyline coming out of McEvoy’s win was the “handshake” or lack-there-of that was offered to the winner by fellow golfer Bryson DeChambeau. While many on social media were quick to discuss the American’s classless act, DeChambeau himself acknowledged his actions on instagram and apologised to his playing partner.

“I apologize to Richard McEvoy and the fans for my brevity on 18,” posted the 24-year-old. “He is a class act, worthy champion and I enjoyed playing with him the past two days.”

Here’s a look at some of the gear McEvoy is using to heat up his game:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Shoes: FootJoy Tour-S
Glove: FootJoy StaSof