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Born: 22 June 1984
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
College: Coastal Carolina University
Resides: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA
Major Wins: 2
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 24
Other Wins: 0
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: No
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dustin Johnson is a multiple major winner, having won the 2020 Masters and the 2016 US Open. He has been world number one on several occasions, notably spending 64 consecutive weeks at the top from February 2017, the 5th longest run as a number 1.
DJ is only the third player in Tour history to win a Tour title in each of his first 13 seasons, joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
Johnson won the 2016 U.S. Open to claim his first major title in his 29th major appearance after several near misses (See major section). The win was shrouded in controversy however as Johnson was given a one-shot penalty after his final round had finished due to an incident on the fifth green. As he prepared to address the ball for a par putt, his ball moved slightly. Johnson stepped away saying that he had not addressed the ball. After he spoke to an on-site rules official he was told to carry on with his shot which he successfully holed. He ended up winning by three strokes. The moving ball incident sparked outrage among many of the world's top golfers with players such as Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson taking to social media to criticise the USGA for its decision.
He is one of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, having been ranked in the top five every year since 2008. This gives him an enormous advantage on courses that suit power hitters and if he is allowed a little room off the tee he starts each week with an advantage over the field. For this reason, Dustin has a very strong major and WGC record and should be backed accordingly for the big tournaments. It is also worth noting DJ hasn’t played more than 22 tournaments in one season since 2016 so he likes to pick and choose the venues which suits.
On July 31, 2014, Johnson announced he was taking the rest of the season off to seek professional help for "personal challenges". On August 1, conflicting reports surfaced regarding the circumstances of Johnson's announcement from the previous day. Golf Magazine reported that Johnson had been suspended from the PGA Tour for six months after testing positive for cocaine. The magazine indicated that this was his third positive drug test, after a 2009 positive for marijuana and 2012 positive for cocaine. However, PGA Tour officials indicated that Johnson was taking a voluntary leave and was not under suspension.
SG: OFF THE TEE
SG: AROUND THE GREEN
Pressure Performance Analysis
Began final round of the Genesis Invitational 3 shots behind Sam Burns. Was out of sorts as he shot 72 (joint worst of anyone in top 19) and finished 8th.
Took a 2 shot lead into the final round of the Saudi International and shot 68 to win by 2 shots. He did miss quite a few short putts but had been putting poor all week. It was never really in major doubt.
DJ was exceptional as he won The Masters by five shots. Got off to a slow start but was never in danger on the back nine.
As leader in the FedEx Cup standings DJ began the Tour Championship with a two shot lead. He led every round and had a five shot lead going into the final round. Won by three shots and was never in any danger.
DJ was joint leader with Hideki Matsuyama (2 shot lead) with 18 holes to go. DJ birdied 3 of his first four holes and it looked like it was going to be another procession. However, he bogeyed the 8th and 10th to let the field back in. Only a 43ft birdie putt on the 72nd hole forced him into a playoff with Jon Rahm. Was subsequently beaten in the playoff by Rahm holing a 66ft birdie putt.
Held the 36-hole and 54-hole lead with rounds of 67-60-63-64 to win The Northern Trust by 11 shots! Total winning score of -30.
Began the final round of the PGA Championship with the 54-hole lead, 1 shot ahead of Scottie Scheffler, shooting 68 to finish in 2nd place, 2 shots behind winner Collin Morikawa who shot 64.
Began the final round of the Travelers Championship 2 shots behind Brendon Todd. Took the sole lead on the 9th hole by going out in -3 but then was gifted the victory on the back 9 as Todd completely collapsed. Made a mess of 13,15 and 16 however was able to win by 1 shot after a 67. Even though he won it wasn't a convincing performance.
Began final round at the Genesis Invitational 2 shots off the lead after rounds of 72-66-67. Shot 72 to finish 4 shots behind winner Adam Scott who shot 70.
Held the 36-hole lead with 63-67 at The Northern Trust Open before shooting 74-73 over the weekend, finishing 24th. Was the 18th 36-hole lead/co-lead of his career and just the second time he failed to finish inside the top 10.
Began final round of PGA Championship 7 shots behind Brooks Koepka and shot 69 to finish 2 shots shy.
Entered the final round of the RBC Heritage with a 1 shot lead but closed with a 6-over 77 to finish 28th, 8 shots behind champion C.T. Pan.
Entered the final round of the Masters 5 shots behind Francesco Molinari and shot 68 to finish 1 shot behind Tiger Woods, closing with birdies on four of his last six holes to tie Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele for 2nd.
Playing in the final group in the final round with eventual champion Paul Casey, shot a 74 to finish 6th at the Valspar Championship. Casey shot 72 to finish 3 ahead of DJ.
Led by 2 shots after 36 holes and 4 shots after 54 holes at the WGC -Mexico Championship. Finished with a final round 66 to win by 5 shots over Rory Mcllroy.
Won the Saudi International with a 72-hole total of 19-under par. Birdied the last two holes for a closing 3-under 67 to win by 2 shots over Haotong Li, having began the round tied for the lead.
Before DJ's wins in 2020, he had several good chances to win without doing enough and, in some cases (Heritage and Northern Trust) completely blown up. However more recently at the Masters and in Saudi he has closed well. Our GBC Pressure Rating is set to 4 stars.
When Dustin gets hot, he can quite often stay hot – he had two wins in the space of four tournaments in 2018 and 2019, in 2017 he won three tournaments in a row and in 2020 he had a remarkable run of 2-1-2-1-6-2-1 to seal the FedEx Cup and win The Masters.
In 2019, DJ saved his best performances for big tournaments; 2nd at PGA, 2nd at the Open Championship and wins at the big money Saudi International and WGC - Mexico Championship. It was a similar story in 2020 as he bagged a green jacket and won the Tour Championship to win the FedEx Cup. Back DJ for the big events.
Major and WGC Analysis
DJ has two major titles on his resume but he really should have won more. Two runner up finishes in 2019 at the Masters and PGA Championship preceded a 2nd place finish at the US PGA in 2020. He also has 2nd place finishes at the Open Championship (2011) and U.S. Open (2015). The only year he didn’t rack up a major Top-10 since his rookie season on Tour was 2017.
In 2010 he passed up two excellent chances to win majors. Firstly the U.S. Open where he shot 71-70-66 to take a three-shot lead over Graeme McDowell. In the last pairing on Sunday, Johnson had trouble early and never recovered; he shot an 82 and finished tied for eighth (McDowell won the championship).
In the final round of the 2010 PGA Championship, Johnson held a one-shot lead entering the final hole. He appeared to have bogeyed the hole, which would have tied him for first and entered him into a three-hole playoff with Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer. However, he received a two-stroke penalty for grounding his club in a bunker, thereby dropping him to a tie for fifth place.
2015 saw DJ lose his next big chance to win a major. Johnson held a share of the lead heading into the final round of the US Open. Trailing by a shot playing the final hole, Johnson hit a five iron to the par-5 18th and left himself 12 feet for eagle. He hit his eagle putt to 3 feet past the hole and then missed the birdie putt coming back when a birdie would have been sufficient to force a playoff.
It took DJ a while to get to grips with Augusta with no Top 10’s in his first 5 appearances. However, 2015-2019 brought finishes of 6-4-10-2 (he didn’t play 2017) and he finally donned the Green Jacket in 2020. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him add another soon.
If there is one major DJ is less likely to win, it’s the Open Championship. Between 2017 and 2019 he didn’t get inside the Top 50 and since his 2nd in 2011 his best finish has only been 9th (2012 and 2016). The intricacy of links golf tends to negate the ability to overpower a golf course, so DJ doesn’t have his usual advantage here.
5 out of 7 Top-6 finishes in the U.S. Open between 2014-2020 indicate there is an extremely good chance DJ will add to his title in 2021. The difficult layouts tend to make the cream rise and DJ has an excellent record in these events now.
DJ is a WGC machine with 6 of his wins, all since 2013. Two of those wins of them have come at the WGC – Mexico Championship, an event he must be supported in. In general, he can be supported in all four of the WGC's such is the quality of his game.
DJ lost his most recent playoff at the 2020 BMW Championship when Jon Rahm holed a 66ft birdie putt.
Prior to that DJ won the 2017 Northern Trust Open, beating Jordan Spieth with a birdie on the 1st extra hole. After a 341-yard tee shot on the playoff hole and a stellar approach from 95 yards to inside four feet, DJ made the putt to win.
He lost a three-man playoff in 2015 to James Hahn (also at the Northern Trust) who birdied the 3rd extra hole. No bet is recommended for a Dustin playoff.
Travelers Championship, 2020
DUSTIN JOHNSON: Yeah, it's very exciting to get my 21st win and then get my first win of the season. It was big because I hadn't played very well. But I put in a lot of good work the last couple weeks after Colonial, and so it's nice to see the game just start coming around. Yeah, it was definitely strange playing with no fans, but you still can feel the pressure, you still can feel how important a golf tournament it is, and you're coming down the stretch, to me it felt the same, whether it was a million fans or zero.