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Can Anybody Figure Out the (almost) great Dustin Johnson?

Can Anybody Figure Out the (almost) great Dustin Johnson?

Can Anybody Figure Out the (almost) great Dustin Johnson?

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Dustin Johnson is so near greatness, and yet so far!  

Every time he seems ready to step up and claim that Major Championship that everybody believes he deserves, something ( PGA Championship) or someone (US Open) gets in the way!  Some people question his desire, but I think they are way off the mark.  People questioned Freddy Couples in the beginning as well.  Just because you are laid back doesn’t mean you don’t have the fire burning deep down inside.  Can Dustin win a Major and claw his way into the upper echelons of the sport?  Only time will tell.  Or, in this case, Jaime Diaz of Golf World Digital gives us his views on the subject!

Can Anybody Figure Out the (almost) great Dustin Johnson?

2015 Chambers Bay. 72nd Hole.

Funny how Dustin Johnson seems to have been forgotten. Or maybe it’s that his recent past is uncomfortable to recall.

We’re talking about the three major championship nightmares of 2015.

First on the 72nd green at Chambers Bay, where two epic shots left him a 15-footer for eagle to win the U.S. Open, he ended up three-putting to lose. Then at St. Andrews, he took the lead at the Open Championship with a 65-69 start, but finished 75-75 to end up T-49. He even had an outside chance at redemption in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, but made quadruple-bogey on the first hole Sunday, ham-handedly employing a wedge five times.

Currently, DJ’s is not the feel-good story that blends with the heroics of Jordan Spieth and Jason Day and, now, Rickie Fowler. At least Rory McIlroy’s 2015 shortcomings could be mostly blamed on injury.

Roughly 11 months ago it was Johnson—who at 30 resolved to take more responsibility for his life after returning from a six-month sabbatical to resolve personal problems—being projected as the year’s burgeoning star. When he won the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral in March, it was his ninth career PGA Tour victory, and he became only the fourth golfer (joining Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods) to win in each of his first eight seasons. Yet now the suspicion is that the still majorless Johnson could be damaged goods.

If so, you could never tell by DJ. With his full beard, cool saunter and always positive rap, Johnson makes sure every outward indicator says “I’m fine.” His game is in good shape under Butch and Claude Harmon; his dedication to honing his 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame under trainer Joey Diovisalvi continues; raising their now 1-year-old son, Tatum, with Paulina Gretzky has made Johnson a better man; and his younger brother and best friend, Austin, remains his caddie.

To read the rest of this interesting story on Dustin, go here!

Source: Jaime Diaz    Golf World Digital

Pictures: ImagopixATL

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