With Dustin Johnson, it’s all about the superlatives. We talked on Sunday about how he’s finally bumping into that sky-high ceiling preternaturally given to him with the body of a decathlete and a swing that confounds physicists.
D.J. is a freak, and everybody knows it. Jordan Spieth sort of foreshadowed Johnson’s summer when he said the following before Johnson won the U.S. Open, Bridgestone Invitational and BMW Championship in stunning fashion.
“Dustin Johnson is arguably the most talented player on the PGA Tour,” Jordan Spieth told ESPN. “I think he’s not only a freak athlete but a freak golf athlete — like, he has great hands, great club face control. I mean, he hits some shots where you won’t see anybody else trying to.”
Johnson won the penultimate FedEx Cup Playoff event with the world’s 69 best players by three strokes over Paul Casey. He finished six shots clear of third place and 11 (!) strokes clear of fourth. It was an absurd performance in one of the biggest tournaments of the end of the year.
Casey, who finished runner up to Johnson at the BMW Championship, was impressed with what Johnson did to him on Saturday and Sunday at Crooked Stick.
“I ran into a buzz saw with Dustin Johnson the last two days,” said Casey. “I did everything I could. What can you do? I think the nice thing was we were a little bit clear of the guys behind, so wanted it to be kind of a — it may never be matched — maybe [not] the duel in the sun, but the Stenson-Mickelson kind of match. That’s what I wanted it to turn into. I just didn’t have quite enough for him.”
Not even close. Johnson essentially closed Casey out (and wrapped up the PGA Tour Player of the Year Award) with an eagle on the 15th hole to cover up the eagle Casey had just made.
“I knew he would make it,” said Casey. “I knew he was making it. He had to. He had to. It was the only way to write the storyline wasn’t it — either that or blow it past and 4-putt. But he wasn’t going to do that.”
This is where we’re at with Johnson. Competitors know he’s going to make long eagle putts. They know it. That’s a devastating reality for maybe the best ball-striker on the planet.
“Obviously, my performance this week was fantastic,” said Johnson. “It’s a big event, it’s a playoff event, and a lot of guys around the lead. I played some really good golf the past four days. It was four really solid rounds.”
When asked if this is the best summer he’s ever had, Johnson replied simply, cool.
“Yeah. For sure.”
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