L.A. king: DJ finally ascends to No. 1

LOS ANGELES – Greatness is never more than a phone call away for Dustin Johnson.

His future father-in-law Wayne Gretzky, dubbed The Great One by a reporter when he was 10 years old, is the embodiment of transcendent talent combined with dedication and a dogged inability to accept anything less than victory.

“Look at guys like Larry Bird and George Brett and John McEnroe - that's what they did in their careers," Gretzky once said. "They all wanted to be the guy under the microscope late in the game or late in the match. So you just take on that know-how that's part of your responsibility, and you learn that's what makes it exciting. That's what makes it fun.”

Johnson has never had an issue with fun and he certainly can relate to the natural ability that made Gretzky a Hall of Famer. At 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Johnson is an athletic anomaly, at least in golf, a physical unicorn with the rare combination of power and precision.

But being great, that was something else.

He was good, very good, in fact, winning with impressive regularity beginning with his first year on the PGA Tour in 2008, but whatever that element is that separates the great players, those players who transcend sport, from the good ones was missing.

But that started to change in the summer of 2014 when Johnson and his longtime trainer, Joey Diovisalvi, sat on the floor of Diovisalvi’s Jupiter, Fla., performance center and formulated a plan.

“He said, ‘Joey D, I don’t care what it takes; I want to win majors and be No. 1 in the world.’ I’ll never forget it,” Diovisalvi said. “Like many athletes, you have talent, you become aware of it and you find that hard work will take you to a place where if you stay focused and balanced you can go so far.”

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 20 Feb 2017 17:45:46



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