Dustin Johnson is one of the leading golfers in the world at the moment. He hits the ball prodigious distances and has accurate wedge play. It is always interesting to see Dustin Johnson’s club selection.
After experiencing several heartbreaks in major tournaments and personal turmoil he made amends and is the current number one in the OWGR (Official World Golf Ranking). (1)
After qualifying for the PGA Tour in the 2007 qualifying school, Dustin started his professional golf career and had to endure heartbreak in the 2010 US open when he shot an uncharacteristic 82 during the final round after being on top of the leader board after three rounds.
Undeterred by this lapse Dustin made amends in the PGA Championship later the same year by staying in contention until the 72nd hole. His drive on the last hole came to rest on a sandy area to the right of the 18th hole which, unbeknownst to Dustin, was declared a bunker.
Grounding his club in the area led to a two-stroke penalty after he completed the round thus preventing him from joining the playoff with Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson.
His career continued to reach lofty heights until he took what the PGA Tour described as a “voluntary leave of absence” for six months from August 1, 2014. It transpired that this absence was due to Dustin testing positive for marijuana use in 2009 and cocaine use in 2012 and again in 2014. (2)
After this enforce layoff Dustin came back stronger and more determined than ever to reach the top of the world rankings. (3)
Dustin Johnson – What’s In The Bag
Dustin now stands six feet four inches high and weighs in at 190 pounds.
Born on June 22, 1984, in Columbia, South Carolina.
Dustin completed his studies majoring in sports management at Coastal Carolina University during which time he represented both college and country winning multiple honors.
Some Interesting Facts About DJ
- Only Tiger Woods and Greg Norman have held the No.1 position in the OWGR longer than Dustin Johnson’s 125 weeks.
- Winner of at least one tournament in his first 13 years as a professional golfer since 2008. He is still chasing Jack Nicklaus’s record of 17 consecutive years of winning at least one tournament.
- Started golf at the age of six (like Justin Thomas) when his dad, a former club pro, took him to the practice range.
- Paulina Gretzky, daughter of Canadian Ice Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, is his long-term fiancée.
- His brother Austin became Dustin’s caddie in late 2013.
- As a suits aficionado, he owns more than thirty Prada and Dolce and Gabbana suits.
- Currently, Dustin is fourth on the all-time PGA Tour money earners only eclipsed by Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Jim Furyk.
- Quite a prolific striker of the short iron has led to Dustin making thirteen holes-in-one.
- Two-time major winner and winner of the FedEx Cup in 2020.
- His lowest score on the PGA Tour is sixty which he scored at the 2020 Northern Trust Open.
What’s In The Bag?
He has been known to sport a hybrid on occasion but the seven-wood can be interchanged with the hybrid.
Hybrids – TaylorMade SIM Max, 19- and 22-degree Hybrids.
Putter – TaylorMade Spider IB Tour Limited Black putter.
Ball – TaylorMade TP5x golf ball.
Glove – TaylorMade Tour Preferred glove.
After all Dustin’s challenges you have to doff your cap in appreciation for the work he has put in and the results he achieved.
As the defending champion of the FedEx Cup and the brilliant golf that Dustin is playing it is difficult not to see him in the mix in the final playoff game at the Tour Championship at the end of the season. After missing the cut in the 2021 Masters he will be determined to finish strong this season.
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- Official World Golf Ranking, http://www.owgr.com/ranking
- PGA Tour Deny Dustin Johnson Suspended for Cocaine, Golfer on Leave of Absence, https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2149190-dustin-johnson-reportedly-suspended-from-pga-tour-for-cocaine-use
- PGA, https://pga.com