Dustin Johnson had the best season of his career in 2016 by winning his first major and becoming PGA Tour Player of the Year. Dustin had three wins and finished inside the top ten in 15 of the 22 events he played in 2016. If not for a hot finish by Rory Mcilroy and some less than his best play from Dustin Johnson Sunday at the Tour Championship, he would have taken home the Fed Ex Cup Title. This guy hits it long and has a very solid short game, which is a lethal combination for being successful against the worlds best golfers.
Fast forward to Sunday at the Genesis Open where Dustin played his final 10 holes in (+3) to still win by five shots! Dustin had opened up a lead of around 8 shots going into the back nine at one point and that made his final nine holes seem like a practice round for him. People always say winning by large margins is boring, but to me it’s something special to watch because the level of play is so high.
Below are some the final round highlights from the 2017 PGA Tour Genesis Open.
Dustin Johnson joins Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods as the only players to win at least once every season in their first 10 years. Dustin has been an extremely consistent producer over the years, as shown by his seasons below. He always had the long game, but his most recent work with Butch Harmon on his wedge and short game has made a world of difference. His combination of power and feel around the greens has made him the best player in the world.
With this win, Dustin joins players such as Rory Mcilroy, Adam Scott and David Duval with 13 PGA Tour wins. (Below is the complete list)
Dustin Johnson in our opinion has the demeanor, composure, and obvious golf game to maintain the top spot in the world golf rankings, but for how long is the million dollar question. Becoming number one comes with higher expectations and commitments. When you look at some on course situations he has incurred over the years, his clear ability to block those out and produce wins shows his mental tenacity. None was clearer than when he played his back nine at the 2016 US Open not knowing whether or not he would be penalized for his ball moving on the putting green. We are certain almost any other player would have lost their mind, and maybe the tournament, but not Dustin.
Take a look back at his final hole in the 2016 US Open where he claimed his first major.
We think it’s no secret that having your father in law be Wayne Gretzky has greatly helped Dustin get to where he is in the world of golf the last few years. To be able to pick the brain of someone who knows what it’s like to be the best at something is a huge asset to have.
When all was said and done what did Dustin have to say about his the 2017 Genesis Open and the #1 ranking?
“It sounds good,” Johnson said. “I played really great all day. I couldn’t have driven it any better. That was a big key.”
It sounds so good that it might be hard to bet against this guy once April comes alongs and he drives down Magnolia Lane. If the build up to the Masters wasn’t already exciting enough, this adds that one extra piece to the puzzle of who could win the Masters.
As always thanks for reading!
Until next time, go out and make some birdies.
Michael Romano Jr.