Dustin Johnson, or DJ as the world of golf calls him, captured his second win in as many starts with a strong performance at the World Golf Championship in Mexico.
Johnson was inconsistent with the flat-stick, missing 16 putts within 10 feet for the tournament, but relied on his nearly impeccable ball striking (first in strokes gained tee-to-green) and strong mid-range putting (converted 9 of 18 from 10-20 feet).
Despite his troubles on the green, DJ was in control for much of the final round, thanks to poor Sunday rounds from contenders Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas, and Rory McIlroy. With Mickelson, Johnson, Rory, and Thomas all in the top 5 after moving day, Sunday had high potential for a great finish, but turned into yet another clutch finishing 18 for the World Number One.
Though several of the marquis players of the tournament fell short on Sunday, Johnson showed why his new and improved game and swagger is a force to be reckoned with. DJ has left final-round (and final hole) disappointments in the past and has been calm, cool, and collected when finishing tournaments. Even something as simple as parring the last hole of a tournament to win it all (which he did to win on Sunday) used to be a problem for the 32 year-old, but those days seem to be long-gone for Dustin.
Two consecutive wins for the World Number One is a scary sight for the other players on tour, but even more scary is that DJ is winning tournaments even when his game isn’t in top form. With his unparalleled power, extremely improved accuracy (ever since he started hitting a fade instead of a draw about a year ago), and sneaky-good wedge and short games, Johnson is almost untouchable when he’s on. DJ seems to have found a way to tap the incredible potential he’s had by firming up his world outside of golf, and putting more time into his game.
So what’s next for the hottest golfer in the world right now? As the new favorite to win the Masters in April, Johnson’s eyes are locked on upping his Major title count. Dubbed the “most talented player on tour” by fellow star Jordan Spieth, Johnson looks like he’ll be using all of his talent to dominate the competition this year.