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Camden Riviere defeated Rob Fahey in the US Open Final 6/0 6/1 4/6 6/3. His tournament statistics are compelling as were Rob Fahey’s until Riviere became the dominant player. He now only has to win the remaining two Open events this year and he will have his first grand slam; is there another player out there who can stop him? On the face of it the answer has to be “no”, but there can always be ‘surprise’ results and the other top players would just love to turn the tables on Riviere.
The result of this Open also makes the race for the right to challenge in 2016 very competitive. Riviere and Virgona are ‘safe’ but the 3rd and especially the 4th position are up for grabs and will mean any player who seriously wishes to challenge will have to play all the remaining tournaments of 2015. Tim Chisholm has leapt into contention with his semi final finish in this Open; he is now ranked 4th in the list, but remember it is the 4 top players excluding the world champion who enter the eliminators. Those ranked from 6-9 are very close and if they like Chisholm get an Open finish of semi finals or better their place is likely to be guaranteed. It is though the other three non Open events which could well be the decider on those who qualify, so it is the tightest race since 2004.
Congratulations to Camden; he is compelling and sublime to watch and now the other players have to go back to the drawing board, watch the on-line streaming and endeavour to pin point his weaknesses, but are there any?