Dustin Johnson

    Many golf observers share the opinion that Dustin Johnson is the single most-talented player in the game. With the ability to hit the ball ridiculous distances, Johnson can overpower just about any course on the planet. Along with that distance, however, comes an impressive touch and the ability to control the golf ball. Very few players throughout the history of the game have been able to successfully blend raw power with refined golf skill. Dustin Johnson is one of the most popular players on Tour, a fact owed to both his sheer level of talent and his laidback attitude.

    In 2017, Dustin Johnson managed to post four victories, with those wins going a long way toward his 4th place finish in the FedEx Cup standings. The first win came at the Genesis Open, where he dominated the field to win by five shots over Scott Brown and Thomas Pieters. His 17-under-par total in that event was quite impressive considering the difficult Riviera layout he had to conquer.

    The next two wins Johnson would record were both in World Golf Championship events. The first was the WGC – Mexico Championship, where he shot 14-under and beat out Tommy Fleetwood by a single shot. At the WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play, Johnson won an exciting championship match to take the title over the next player on our list, Jon Rahm. These first three wins took place over a period of just over a month, making it look like Johnson was headed for a monster season.

    It speaks to the amazing level of play Dustin Johnson has established that his 2017 could be considered a bit of a disappointment. The disappointing part of the year began at the Masters, where a fall at his rental home caused Johnson to have to withdraw from the biggest event on the golfing calendar. After missing the Masters, Johnson went on to miss the cut at the U.S. Open, where he was the defending champion. He did make the cut in both of the year’s final two majors, with a T54 at The Open Championship, and a T13 at the PGA.

    For a player like Johnson, each season is largely evaluated by performance in the majors. Over the course of his career, Johnson has one major title along with another 12 top ten finishes. He has played well in the majors historically, although he has not claimed as many titles as some would have expected. Given good health moving forward, it seems certain that Johnson will stamp his name on at least a few more major titles.

    While it seems like Dustin Johnson has been a force in the golf world for a very long time, he is still just 33 years of age. As a player who keeps himself in impressive physical condition, it is easy to see DJ having a long career at the top of the game. Most likely, his performances in the 2017 majors will just be a blip on the radar, and he will be back in the thick of the competitions for 2018. Again, it says all you need to know about Dustin Johnson’s ability that he struggled to reach his usual form in the majors during 2017, and yet he still finished 4th in the FedEx Cup. Without a doubt, this is one of the best players of the last decade, and more is sure to come.