Can Anyone Stop Dustin Johnson

The long hitting Dustin Johnson seems poised to stay on top of the golfing world for quite some time. His win yesterday at the WC Match Play Championship was a clinic for anyone and demonstrated his dominance on the links. As he continues to cement his position atop of the world golf rankings, I notice that some pundits are wondering if anyone will be able to beat him at the Masters! Considering the way he is play of late, they might be right.

Dustin Johnson is the complete package. He hits the ball a mile, has a strong middle irons, smooth short game and as of late can putt the lights out. It took a bit of time to for him to hone his skills, but now that he has arrived, is just might be the next Tiger Woods.

On a side note, I realize I am comparing him to a living legend, but Tiger Woods is the benchmark for all modern-day golfers whether we like it or not. And, as such, the performance of any top golfer will forever be overshadowed by Woods’ aptitude for winning.

Dustin Johnson, at this time, is dominant player in golf. He calmly goes about his business by winning more than any other player over the past 12 months. His 6 wins in 29 events tops the group. Unfortunately, he still leaves the impression that his stint at the top is only temporary.

So I tell you, can anyone really stop Dustin Johnson. I suggest yes, anyone at any time.  Johnson winning 1 up yesterday over the 54 ranked player in the field is a perfect example of what I am talking about. The ability to win on tour is no longer limited to a chosen few. Not only are the top 10 players given greater odds to win, but players long considered journeyman are streaking their way to huge payoffs. Of course, players like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth will be viewed as favourites, but no one can be discounted out at any time. This is what makes professional golf exciting today.

Will Dustin Johnson win the Masters? I do not think so. I think Rory McIlroy will win the green jacket this year. He is playing well and seems ready to win his 5th Major! As he does, will he be the player everyone will think is the player to beat? Only time will tell.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

6 thoughts on “Can Anyone Stop Dustin Johnson

  1. Jim,

    The scary part is that DJ doesn’t think he’s played his best golf during this stretch, as he stated in his press conference after the match play. I guess that’s how a champion has to think though, there is always ways to get better. I don’t think he’ll win The Masters, but he’ll have a respectable showing. It’ll be interesting to see if he’s just on a hot streak or if this is the new normal. When Adam Scott won 2 in a row before The Masters (Honda and WGC at Doral) last season he also looked unstoppable and I thought he’d win a major for sure….then he cooled off pretty quickly.


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  2. Jim
    This is a timely discussion. Of course it’s subjective. One year ago, Jason Day looked unstoppable. Others looked mortal as he hit the ball a country mile and putted lights out. I do think JD can play at that level which is good for us golf fans. I also think the wee Irishman can play as long and putt as well as DJ. So Rory can also win over DJ.
    No matter who wins – I’m enjoying golf in the post-Tiger era.
    But I’ll say this nobody is Tiger, not yet. That requires a sustained winning rate for an extended period of time.
    Let’s enjoy the ride!

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  3. Jim, only DJ can stop DJ. What’s scary is that his margin of victories are starting to look like Tiger’s. Also, I sense a bit of the intimidation factor is there that Tiger had over his opponents. DJ has a long way to go though. He’s only one a single major. Looking forward to his attempt at Augusta!



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