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Johnson’s yes-no, Park’s Olympic ambition: golf talking points

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Among UKTN Sport’s golf talking points this week are male and female majors and a popular new winner on the PGA Tour:

– Dustin is resting in his defense –

Dustin Johnson appears to have doubts about how best to prepare to defend his Masters crown next week in Augusta.

The world number one made a late entry last Friday at this week’s Texas Open after a poor performance at last week’s WGC Match Play, only to retire on Monday.

Perhaps it was the short delay since he donned the winner’s green jacket for the first time that baffled him.

All the other recipients have had a year to rejoice in the glory of being Masters champion, but not Johnson, thanks to the tournament being postponed from its traditional slot in early April of last year due to the Covid pandemic.

“I now plan to spend the week at home in preparation for next week’s Masters,” Johnson tweeted on Monday.

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Johnson won with Augusta’s lowest all-time score with a total of 20 under par last year, but is now trying to avoid an entirely different Masters record.

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If he doesn’t win on Sunday April 11, his reign will have lasted just 21 weeks – the shortest in the tournament’s 87-year history.

– The park sues Pak –

Park In-bee’s seasonal debut last week saw her clinch victory at the Kia Classic, leaving her just four wins behind legend Pak Se-ri’s South Korean record of 25 LPGA Tour titles.

Park, who rose to world number two, will stand a chance of securing a victory closer to Pak in this week’s first female major in 2021, ANA Inspiration.

But she revealed that without the Olympics looming later this year, she might have stayed home.

Park won gold in Rio and is desperate to defend his medal at the delayed Tokyo Games in July.

“It was my first week back in about three months, and I played really well,” Park said.

“If there weren’t for the Olympics, I don’t know, would I be here? It was definitely a good motivation for me.”

It’s a big contrast to male number one Johnson, whose motivation is clearly elsewhere after previously saying he was going to skip Tokyo.

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– Hats off to Dahmen –

The always affable Joel Dahmen may not be a household name, but many were backing him when he won his first PGA Tour event at Puntacana Resort and Club Championship as he has been through life’s ups and downs. .

He dropped out of school, battled testicular cancer at the age of 23, and spent years playing in the lower parts of professional gaming on the PGA Canada Tours and Web.com, before finally reaching the American PGA Tour in 2016-2017.

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Its website, JoelDahmen.com, welcomes you with the banner “Fun. Survivor. Golfer ”. and now, at 33, Dahmen says he credits his “life and death” experience for making him one of the friendliest characters in the game.

“If I didn’t have cancer I would be a practice pro telling people how good I was,” he once said.

With a US PGA Tour title finally under his belt after 111 attempts and the sale of his signature “#endcancer” bucket hats set to take off after his success in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, Dahmen can now let his golf do the talking.

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– Leading world ranking –

Week of March 29, 2021

Men

1. Dustin Johnson (United States) 11.26

2. Justin Thomas (United States) 9.26

3. Jon Rahm (ESP) 8.68

4. Collin Morikawa (United States of America) 7.47

5. Bryson DeChambeau (United States) 7.26

6. Xander Sc Chaudele (United States) 6.81

7. Patrick Reed (United States) 6.21

8. Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 6.00

9. Webb Simpson (United States) 5.94

10. Patrick Cantlay (United States) 5.84

Selected:

17. Billy Horschel (United States) 4.44 (+17)

Women

1. Ko Jin-young (KOR) 9.45

2. Park In-bee (KOR) 8.25 (+2)

3. Kim Sei-young (KOR) 7.61 (-1)

4. Nelly Korda (United States) 7.50 (-1)

5. Danielle Kang (United States) 6.47

6. Lexi Thompson (United States) 5.56 (+3)

7. Brooke Henderson (CAN) 5.54 (-1)

8. Nasa Hatoaka (JPN) 5.18 (-1)

9. Kim Hyo-joo (KOR) 5.15 (-1)

10 Minjee Lee (AUS) 5.07

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