Let’s take a moment here to appreciate Dustin Johnson.
Has he really received the admiration he deserves for what he’s done in his career?
We’re watching a truly exceptional player, a guy who has already won as many PGA Tour events as Greg Norman and will probably blow past Raymond Floyd and Gary Player, among others, before he’s done.
He just won his 20th PGA Tour title, the WGC-Mexico Championship, earning him a lifetime exemption and, next week, Johnson will return to No. 1 in the world ranking, a spot he has held previously for 81 weeks, more than anyone but Rory McIlroy, Nick Faldo, Norman and Tiger Woods.
Yet somehow it seems Johnson’s achievements have been viewed through a slightly fuzzy lens. Whether it was the majors he didn’t win or missing the Masters two years ago or what’s going on in his personal life, Johnson hasn’t been put on the public pedestal like some others.
Part of it is his manner, the cool vibe he exudes. He doesn’t naturally invite the world in the way Jordan Spieth or McIlroy seem to do when they play. It’s not Johnson’s way but he’s a popular guy who goes about his business while constructing a career that assures him a spot in the Hall of Fame.
I love Butch Harmon’s analogy. He sees Johnson as the guy in those old Hollywood Westerns who would hear about a hotshot who wanted to challenge him to a gunfight. Johnson is the guy who listens to the talk then eventually walks outside and before the other guy can whip out his gun, lays ...
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