Well, this season was already shaping up to be a great year for Dustin Johnson. However, it just got a little better. Actually a little better? I should unbelievably better. Dustin Johnson has won the Genesis Open and is starting to take the PGA Tour by storm. Watch out world, Hurricane Swagger is on the move.
DJ is now the top ranked player in the world. This victory propelled him past Jason Day, who had held the position for over 40 weeks. He has two 3rd place finishes and a 6th place finish in four total events. Now he adds a win, at the Genesis Open, to his resume for the current season.
At the Genesis Open, I’d like to say that Johnson beat out the competition. However, in this case he did not really have any competition. That is not to say there was no other skillful golfers out there, but rather there was no one on DJ’s level this week. No one was good enough. Johnson won with a final score of -17 and the next closest competitor was at -12. Johnson carded rounds of 66, 66, 64, and 71.
Now those scores are all well and good, but what makes them even more remarkable is the fact that he did it all within the crazy round scheduling of the weekend. Due to weather, the Genesis open was all over the place. DJ had to play 36 total holes (rounds 3 and 4) back to back on Sunday.
These are two great finishes (the past two weeks) at two difficult courses. Johnson finished 3rd at Pebble Beach last week, and won this week at Riviera.
An incredible statistic that is now tied to DJ is the fact that he has a victory every single year he has been on tour. That is 10 straight years. It is tough to do it for 10 straight seasons, never mind doing it in your first 10 seasons.
Coming off of a 2016 as the Player of the Year award winner, many speculate just how DJ would be able to react. Would he play just as well? Was it a fluke? Well, so far so good...no flukes here.
The one thing I am hoping to see him do is win another major. I am predicting right now that he will. Specifically, I am predicting that DJ will win this year’s US Open.
Can’t wait to continue watching Hurricane Swagger himself as the season progresses.
Photo: (LA Times)