DJ heads into U.S. Open cool, calm, confident

It’s sometimes easy to forget just how high Dustin Johnson’s ceiling extends.

Johnson’s placid demeanor rarely if ever gives way to an on-course emotional outburst. He doesn’t often talk to his ball, and his standard celebration is a raised hand or a subdued fist bump – even when holing out for eagle from 171 yards to close out a six-shot win.

In the age of “what have you done for me lately,” his eight-shot romp at Kapalua might as well have happened in 2014. He had been relatively quiet since, ceding the top spot in the world rankings to Justin Thomas and plodding his way around while other big names received more attention.

But after another decisive victory Sunday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, capped by some memorable theatrics on the 72nd hole, it’s clear that the number of players who can match DJ when he’s in full stride is decidedly small.

Johnson started the final round in Memphis tied for the lead, but from the first few moments it was clear that this would not be a repeat of Pebble Beach, when he was upended by Ted Potter Jr. Johnson led Andrew Putnam by two shots after a single hole, grew his advantage to three in short order and barely broke a sweat on the back nine.

“It was nice to be back in the hunt, to have the lead,” Johnson told reporters. “To play, and get the juices flowing a little bit. It feels like it’s been a long time, and it’s only been six months.”

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 11 Jun 2018 13:30:04



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