Dustin Johnson

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Dustin Johnson
— Golfer —
Dustin Johnson 2008 US Open cropped.jpg
Johnson at 2008 U.S. Open
Personal information
Full nameDustin Hunter Johnson
Born(1984-06-22) June 22, 1984 (age 29)
Columbia, South Carolina
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceJupiter, Florida
Career
CollegeCoastal Carolina University
Turned professional2007
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins10
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour8
Other2
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT13: 2013
U.S. OpenT8: 2010
The Open ChampionshipT2: 2011
PGA ChampionshipT5: 2010
 
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Dustin Johnson
— Golfer —
Dustin Johnson 2008 US Open cropped.jpg
Johnson at 2008 U.S. Open
Personal information
Full nameDustin Hunter Johnson
Born(1984-06-22) June 22, 1984 (age 29)
Columbia, South Carolina
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceJupiter, Florida
Career
CollegeCoastal Carolina University
Turned professional2007
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins10
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour8
Other2
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT13: 2013
U.S. OpenT8: 2010
The Open ChampionshipT2: 2011
PGA ChampionshipT5: 2010

Dustin Hunter Johnson (born June 22, 1984) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour. He is one of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, having been third in the driving distance stats for three consecutive years (2009–11) and has ranked inside the top five in each of his five years on the PGA Tour.[1] He has been featured in the top 5 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Early career[edit]

Johnson was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and played collegiate golf at Coastal Carolina University. As an amateur, he won the Monroe Invitational and the Northeast Amateur in 2007 and played on the winning 2007 Walker Cup and Palmer Cup teams. Johnson is the first player since Tiger Woods to win at least once in each of his first seven seasons coming out of college.

Professional career[edit]

Johnson turned professional in late 2007 and earned his 2008 PGA Tour card by finishing in a tie for 14th place at the 2007 qualifying school in December.[2][3]

Toward the end of his rookie season in October 2008, Johnson won his first PGA Tour event, the Turning Stone Resort Championship in upstate New York. Four months later, he won his second event at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which was shortened to 54 holes when the final round was canceled due to strong winds and heavy rain. Johnson won by four strokes over Mike Weir and five strokes over second round leader Retief Goosen, who shot a third round 74. Johnson finished the 2009 season ranked 15th on the PGA Tour money list.

2010[edit]

In February 2010, Johnson birdied the final hole to defeat former world number one David Duval and two-time PGA Tour winner J. B. Holmes to successfully defend his AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am title.[4]

He continued his Pebble Beach success by shooting 71-70-66 to take a three-shot lead over Graeme McDowell at the 2010 U.S. Open. In the last pairing on Sunday, Johnson had trouble early and never recovered; he shot a disappointing 82 and finished tied for eighth (McDowell won the championship).[5]

In the final round of the 2010 PGA Championship, Johnson held a one-shot lead entering the final hole. He appeared to have bogeyed the hole, which would have tied him for first and entered him into a three-hole playoff with Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer. However, he received a two-stroke penalty for grounding his club in a bunker, thereby dropping him to a tie for fifth place.[6][7] Kaymer eventually won the playoff.

Johnson broke his streak of bad luck at the third FedEx Cup playoff event of the season, the BMW Championship at Cog Hill in September. It was Johnson's fourth career PGA Tour victory, and his first in any FedEx Cup playoff event. He finished the 2010 season ranked 4th on the PGA Tour money list.

2011[edit]

Johnson took part in the Long Drive Contest for charity at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January, alongside Bubba Watson and Robert Garrigus.

In March 2011, Johnson entered the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship with a two stroke lead over the rest of the field. However he could only manage a final round one-under-par 71 to finish as runner-up behind Nick Watney.

Johnson earned his best finish in a major championship in July at the 2011 Open Championship in England. He finished in a tie for second place at Royal St George's, alongside fellow American Phil Mickelson, three strokes behind champion Darren Clarke. Johnson's first three rounds of 70-68-68 left him one stroke behind Clarke and for most of Sunday's round Johnson managed to keep up with him, at one stage being just one back. His final round charge was derailed at the par five 14th, when his second shot went out of bounds and led to a double bogey. This took Johnson out of contention as he slipped to four strokes behind Clarke with only four holes to play. One highlight of Johnson's week at Royal St George's came in the first round when he recorded a hole in one on the par three 16th hole. This result marked the third time that Johnson had been part of the final group on Sunday at a major championship and also occurring in three out of the four majors, the 2010 U.S. Open, the 2010 PGA Championship and the 2011 Open Championship. As a result of this second place finish, Johnson moved to his highest spot in the Official World Golf Ranking at the time, seventh, and became the third-ranked American behind Steve Stricker and Mickelson.

Johnson won his fifth PGA Tour title at The Barclays in 2011. He beat Matt Kuchar by two strokes. This was his second 54-hole tournament victory of his career, after the 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The tournament was shortened due to the threat of Hurricane Irene. Johnson shot rounds of 66-63-65 to win at -19. This was Johnson's first victory of 2011 and it moved him from 19th to first in the FedEx Cup standings.[8] It was also the second FedEx Cup playoff event win of his career after he won the BMW Championship in 2010. The win also took him to a career high of 4th in the world rankings, the second highest American, (behind Steve Stricker). Although he started the playoffs well and held the number one position for the first week, he was unable to continue his form at the three remaining playoff events and did not record a single top 20 in any of them and finished the fourth in the final FedEx Cup standings.[9]

2012[edit]

Johnson incurred a back injury at home in March and missed over two months of the 2012 season, including the first major at The Masters. He returned to competition in late May at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, made the cut and finished tied for 19th. The following week he won his sixth tour event, the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee at TPC Southwind.[10] He missed the cut at the U.S.Open the week after, finishing at +9, one stroke outside the cut mark.

2013[edit]

Johnson began his 2013 season with a win at the season opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, an event reserved for winners from the past season. Johnson won by four strokes over defending champion Steve Stricker in an event that was shortened to 54 holes due the bad weather, mainly very strong wind that meant conditions were unplayable. The first three days of the tournament were wiped out, with the field having to complete 36 holes on the Monday and a final 18 on Tuesday. The event was Johnson's seventh PGA Tour win and his third in a 54-hole event; a 54-hole event is still considered an official win with full OWGR ranking points. The same week Johnson also was seen with Paulina Gretzky, daughter of Wayne Gretzky. The two announced their engagement on August 18.[11][12]

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

Professional wins (10)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (8)[edit]

Legend
World Golf Championships (1)
FedEx Cup playoff event (2)
Other PGA Tour (5)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Oct 5, 2008Turning Stone Resort Championship72-68-70-69=279−91 strokeAustralia Robert Allenby
2Feb 15, 2009AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am*65-69-67=201−154 strokesCanada Mike Weir
3Feb 14, 2010AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (2)64-68-64-74=270−161 strokeUnited States David Duval, United States J. B. Holmes
4Sep 12, 2010BMW Championship68-70-68-69=275−91 strokeEngland Paul Casey
5Aug 27, 2011The Barclays*66-63-65=194−192 strokesUnited States Matt Kuchar
6Jun 10, 2012FedEx St. Jude Classic70-68-67-66=271−91 strokeUnited States John Merrick
7Jan 8, 2013Hyundai Tournament of Champions*69-66-68=203−164 strokesUnited States Steve Stricker
8Nov 3, 2013WGC-HSBC Champions69-63-66-66=264−243 strokesEngland Ian Poulter

* Shortened to 54 holes due to poor weather conditions.

Other wins (2)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament2008200920102011201220132014
Masters TournamentDNPT30T38T38DNPT13CUT
U.S. OpenT48T40T8T23CUT55
The Open ChampionshipDNPCUTT14T2T9T32
PGA ChampionshipDNPT10T5CUTT48T8

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament00000154
U.S. Open00001265
The Open Championship01012354
PGA Championship00013354
Totals0102692117

World Golf Championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
2013WGC-HSBC Champions3 shot lead−24 (69-63-66-66=264)3 strokesEngland Ian Poulter

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament200920102011201220132014
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipR64R64R64R16R64R64
Cadillac ChampionshipT35T562T35T12T4
Bridgestone InvitationalT2215T48T19T33
HSBC ChampionsDNPDNPDNPT391

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

Equipment[edit]

As of November 3, 2013[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Long Drive Contest". Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Final-stage q-school: Final-round notebook". PGA Tour. December 3, 2007. Archived from the original on December 5, 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Meet the 2007 PGA Tour Q-School graduates". PGA Tour. December 3, 2007. Archived from the original on December 5, 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dustin Johnson retains title at Pebble Beach". BBC Sport. February 15, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Dustin Johnson showing signs of collapse". SB Nation. June 20, 2010. Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ Pelanda, Brian. "What's a 'Bunker'?: The Curious Case of How Dustin Johnson Lost the 2010 PGA Championship and Why the PGA Must Revise the Now Infamous Local Rule at Whistling Straits". Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal. 22 (Fall/Winter 2011): 67. 
  7. ^ Cherner, Reid (August 16, 2010). "Eye-opener: Ruling on Dustin Johnson, fair or foul at PGA Championship?". USA Today. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Johnson wins opening FedEx Cup playoff event to lead the standings". PGA Tour. August 27, 2011. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Playoff points for the FedEx Cup". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Dustin Johnson: 2012 results". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  11. ^ Crouse, Karen (January 8, 2013). "Displaying Skill and Composure, Johnson Wins Tournament of Champions Easily". The New York Times. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ Rapp, Timothy (August 18, 2013). "Paulina Gretzky Engaged to Golfer Dustin Johnson". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  13. ^ Wall, Jonathan (November 3, 2013). "Winner's bag: Dustin Johnson". -PGA Tour. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 

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