The incredible skill and athleticism of Dustin Johnson are clearly a gift at playing golf. And every time the Jupiter resident wins — which is often — a PGA Tour event, you wonder why he does not win more often.
Sunday’s Travelers Championship win in Cromwell, Connecticut, was yet another indication of Johnson’s willingness to confuse. Once Johnson reaches his stride, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound, there are few golfers on this planet who can beat him.
It had been nearly 40 years since a player came from that far off the pace to win the Travelers Championship (1983, to be exact). Johnson has a gear which can only be accessed by superstars like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
But even in victory, there are things Johnson does that make you shake your head. Some of those moments were hitting a ball out of bounds on Sunday’s 13th hole, just by just a few inches, or getting the good fortune for his No. 15 drive to tap in a bank just above water — he had to play the shot in his bare feet.
Dustin Johnson is never boring about holding a club in his side. Could WWJD stand for What Could Johnson Do? We do not know but it is interesting almost always.
Dustin Johnson held on Sunday and it marked his 13th straight season with at least one PGA Tour win, a record he shares with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
“Anytime you’re mentioned with those guys, you’ve got to feel good about that because they’re the best that’s ever played the game,” Johnson said.
One may argue that Johnson should not be listed in the same sentence as Nicklaus and Palmer because, during 2014, he failed to win. The PGA Tour says the streak Johnson is intact because the wraparound season began in 2013-14.
Nonetheless. Whatever the semántics, what Johnson has done is impressive.
“Winning 13 straight years on the Tour is a pretty big accomplishment,” Johnson said.
One location Johnson belongs to the World Golf Hall of Fame alongside Jack, and Arnie. Just 29 players have played on the PGA Tour more times and only one of them, Johnny Farrell, is not in the Hall of Fame. (Farrell, Lake Worth resident grandfather MaryKay McGuire Willson, was this year’s finalist.)
Johnson has one major, the United States in 2016. Open, when he displayed a remarkable ability to focus, even when he did not know if he would face a penalty for scoring. “Winning the U.S. Open at Oakmont is my biggest win for sure,” he said. Of course, if Johnson had focused more he might have won even more majors.
Such as the 2010 PGA where he had been knocked out of a playoff at Whistling Straits due to an 18th hole breach of rules. (Johnson stated that he had not read the rule next to his locker specifying that players were unable to land their club in a waste bunker)
There was also the British Open in 2011, when Johnson’s best opportunity to retain the Claret Jug ended when he hit a 2-iron out of bounds on the 14th par-5 hole. And the 2018 Masters, only to withdraw when he was the clear favorite because he fell in his rented home.
At 36, Johnson came a long way from his lifestyle where coach Butch Harmon advised that he had to cut down on his “nocturnal activities” and forced him to take a sport sabbatical in 2014 to pursue medical assistance for “personal challenges.”
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