DJ drawing comparisons to Tiger after latest win

AUSTIN, Texas – Comparing any player with Tiger Woods has always been patently unfair. Only history and Jack Nicklaus are playing the same game when you consider Woods at his best.

That matrix hasn’t changed regardless of Woods’ continued inactivity or the ever-growing cast of would-be world-beaters. But as Dustin Johnson put the finishing touches on another seminal week any alternative comparisons ring hollow.

Since winning the U.S. Open last June, Johnson has won six of 17 starts, including the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in dominant fashion. That’s a 35 percent winning clip that includes a major and three World Golf Championship keepsakes to become the first player to claim all four WGCs.

Jason Day’s tear through the fall of 2015 and spring of ’16 is a fair comparison when the Australian won seven times in 17 starts (41 percent) including a major, WGC and The Players. Jordan Spiethhad a similar run in ’15 when he won four times, twice at a major, in 12 starts (33 percent); and Rory McIlroy went 4-for-14 (28 percent) in 2014-15 for two Grand Slam triumphs and a pair of WGCs.

But Johnson’s current run somehow echoes a little further than that of his contemporaries.

Maybe it’s because since overtaking Day atop the world ranking with his victory in February at the Genesis Open, Johnson has stretched his lead to more than 3 percentage points, which means he will maintain the top spot regardless of what happens at Augusta National in two weeks.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 27 Mar 2017 13:36:53



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