After Further Review: Improvements to Match Play

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Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on Dustin Johnson's week in New Orleans, Marc Leishman's return, the changes to the WGC Match Play and the dichotomy of Lydia Ko.


After 16 years of trial and error the PGA Tour may have finally hit on a solution to the troubles that have made the WGC-Match Play Championship the best Wednesday in golf followed by what has normally been the least entertaining Sunday in the game. Along with a new venue and date for next week’s event, changes to this year’s format include three days of round-robin pool play to assure the biggest names in the game at least a partial week’s work. While the changes may dull what was the most entertaining hump day on Tour, it assures at least three days of drama and that’s an improvement. – Rex Hoggard


Dustin Johnson has reached a level where it's a surprise not to see him in the top 10. And on a rain-soaked golf course at TPC Louisiana, it was even more of a surprise to see the seventh-ranked player in the world all the way down at T-43. Sunday marked the first time since his return in February that Johnson has not finished T-6 or better when making the cut. That's five events, including the Masters. Given his performance to date, the Zurich is likely more of an outlier than a sign of things to come. With the three majors left, including one at Whistling Straits, where he came so close in 2010, you can expect DJ’s name somewhere in the top 10 - if not on top. – Nick Menta


Marc Leishman missed the Masters earlier this month to be with his ill wife, but not even the big Australian could have imagined how dire the situation would become. After battling what she initially thought was the flu, Audrey Leishman was diagnosed with respiratory distress syndrome and toxic shock syndrome, and at one point her body was so ravaged that doctors gave the mother of two young children a 5 percent chance of surviving. Leishman lost 10 pounds and stayed by his wife’s side for the next 96 hours. Audrey has pulled through and is improving at the couple’s home in Virginia, and this week Marc returned to his second home on the PGA Tour, where in the second round he fired a 63 and surged into contention. He finished in a tie for 26th, a decent result, but considering what he and his family have gone through in recent weeks it must feel like a victory. He’s back. His wife is on the mend. And all’s good. – Ryan Lavner



Lydia Ko has officially started her freshman year at Korea University. One of her first assignments in a psychology class was to list her 10 biggest fears in life and then address how she is overcoming them. If you asked LPGA pros today to do the same, they might list Ko as one of their fears. Really, they can hardly look up without seeing Ko's name on a leaderboard anymore. In a competitive sense, she is a constant, forbidding presence, an unshakeable threat. In 11 of her last 12 starts, she has finished among the top 10. She has won three of those. She's getting scary good for someone so damn sweet. The  dichotomy has to be maddening for her fellow pros. - Randall Mell