Entering the final round of the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park, Dustin Johnson had a tailor-made opportunity to silence his critics. After amassing an impressive twenty-one career victories, DJ’s most consequential critique was his lack of major championship victories. His lone victory was the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Golf Course. One major championship would be an incredible achievement for most golfers, but Dustin Johnson isn’t most golfers. DJ spent 92 weeks as the world’s number one ranked golfer (5th all-time). After his win at the Travelers Championship, he became only the third player in PGA Tour history to win at least one PGA Tour event in each of his first 13 seasons joining Jack Nicklaus (17) and Tiger Woods (14).

One major championship is a colossal underachievement for an all-time great such as Dustin Johnson. 

On a day primed for scoring at TPC Harding Park, Dustin Johnson chose to take the conservative route. Entering Sunday’s final round of the season’s first major, DJ had a one-shot lead and momentum in his favor. After three rounds, he led the field in Strokes Gained: Putting (6.705) and made 140’6” of Putts in round three. He was also 7th in Strokes Gained: Off The Tee, which was arguably the most important aspect of scoring well at TPC Harding Park. 

On Sunday Johnson inexplicably found it more prudent to play towards the middle of the green and two-putt for pars as his competitors attacked pins on their quests for the eternal glory of being a major champion. Often praised for his calm demeanor, his lack of passion and desire to rewrite history hindered him on the biggest stage. 

Dustin has a passionate fan base who went into Sunday excited to watch their favorite golfer win his second major championship. Unfortunately, DJ couldn’t be bothered. 

By: Matt from Tap it In


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