Look, I know Tiger is the face of golf, maybe even the face of the sporting world, but I think we talk about him a little too much. We all knew that he wasn’t going to win the FedEx cup, and now in the golf world it seems that thats all that anybody wants to talk about. Either that or speculation as to how much he’s going to play in the Ryder Cup now. It seems that after every single shot he hits someone has an opinion on how he’s not good anymore or that he shouldn’t play in the Ryder Cup. I think its a bunch of over analyzation and I would rather talk about someone different. In this particular article I would like to discuss the game of Dustin Johnson.
I maintain that if Dustin Johnson can put together a Sunday score of par or better, chances are he is going to win that tournament. This guy has unbelievable length and talent. He averages just under 310 yards a drive. He is downright exciting to watch. He has 4 top 5 finishes and won his second tournament this past weekend.
The thing I am most impressed with is how he was able to quickly forget what happened at Pebble Beach and then again at Whistling Straits. To basically have the US open in the bag and then shoot an 82 on Sunday is any golfers worst nightmare. Then two tournaments later he finishes in the top 15 at the British Open; a completely different style of golf. Then at Whistling Straits he gets robbed on the final hole, when patrons were standing in his “bunker shot” that lost him the tournament. Despite all of that he wins the BMW three tournaments later. The ultimate character and display of perseverance. He is always in it. In his past 10 tournaments he has missed one cut; which was after his Pebble Beach fiasco, which was almost expected. He has been in the top 10 in 5 of his past 10 tournaments. I expect to see great things out of him in the Ryder Cup and he is the player I am most excited to watch.
Impressive doesnt even begin to describe his resilience. He just seems to be able to shake off any misfortunes that are dealt his way. For the exception of Jean Van De Velde’s epic collapse at Carnoustie in ’99, what happened to Dustin at Pebble and Whistling Straits was the worst thing that could happen to a golfers confidence. And for him to be able to come back so quickly and win a tournament and place in the top 10 and the top 5 is unbelievable. With his most recent win I think he now has the confidence to do big things at the Ryder Cup and perhaps have Cup winning shots, because he has been through it all. October should be very entertaining to watch him, and lets not forget his ability to win the FedEx Cup now being in the #2 position. Talk about a confidence boost for the Ryder Cup.
About the Author
Written by David Pappas
Live in the Baltimore area. Grew up a Spurs, Ravens, and Terps fan. Went to college at the University of Arizona.