Only a couple of weeks ago we marvelled at two players ranked well outside the world’s top 350 winning in highly impressive fashion on each of the main tours.
On that occasion it was Brandon Stone and Michael Kim and on Sunday in Hamburg there was further evidence of the depth of talent in the professional game, where world No275 Richard McEvoy saw off an American Ryder Cup hopeful to land the European Open.
For a host of reasons it was a huge win for the Englishman. It was a long-awaited maiden title on the European Tour at the age of 39 – some 17 years and 285 events after McEvoy turned professional.
It was, however, a second victory in as many weeks, as McEvoy had triumphed seven days earlier on the Challenge Tour at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge in France.
This is a massive tournament to win. His success has lifted him into the top 150 in the world and 63rd on the European Tour money list, just outside the top-60 place he will need to make the lucrative season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
Until winning in Scotland on the Challenge Tour in July 2017, he hadn’t won at all for almost 13 years. Now he has three titles in little more than a year – maybe McEvoy is a late bloomer.
It’s a shame that playing partner Bryson DeChambeau wasn’t more generous in congratulating McEvoy, apologising on social media later for only offering a brief handshake.
DeChambeau’s grumpiness was no doubt down to falling out of contention by dropping five shots in the last four holes but, at 24 and one of the leading United States players, that is no excuse.
There was another great storyline at the European Open, as German amateur Allen John tied for second place with three birdies in the last four holes of his final round of 67.
John, who is also profoundly deaf, turned pro seven years ago but returned to the amateur ranks in 2016. It’ll be interesting to see if he reverses that decision after this impressive performance.
DJ in show of power
Over on the PGA Tour there was the familiar sight of Dustin Johnson claiming another triumph – this time at the Canadian Open.
Johnson put in a powerful display, making birdies at all four of the par-five holes on Sunday, as he won by three shots.
It was his 19th PGA Tour title and his third this year, tightening his grip on the world No1 ranking and top spot in the FedEx Cup standings.
The fitness problems that followed his fall on the eve of last year’s Masters stalled him for a while, but DJ is well and truly back to his pre-injury best.
Poulter’s Ryder Cup reminder
With less than two months to go until the Ryder Cup, the clock is ticking for hopefuls just outside the automatic qualifying places and a few of Europe’s players made moves at the weekend.
Paul Casey was tied for seventh in Germany, while fellow Englishman Ian Poulter finished with a 67 to share 12th in Canada.
Poulter is desperate to return to the European team, having watched on as vice-captain in 2016. He could still gatecrash automatic selection but will be in the hunt for a captain’s pick anyway, and performances like this will do him no harm.
Vintage display from Jimenez
Up in St Andrews, meanwhile, it was a European one-two as Miguel Angel Jimenez pipped Bernhard Langer to the Senior Open.
Like his favourite tipple, the amazing Jimenez just gets better with age and this was the Spaniard’s second senior Major of the year.
It was extra-special for the 54-year-old to win at this venue, where his late compatriot Seve Ballesteros won The Open itself in 1984.