Spotlight on Dustin Johnson

 

Dustin Johnson has enjoyed an extraordinary past two years.

For a long time he was written off by many as an extremely talented golfer, who without question had the ability to win major championships but had a habit of blowing up on the biggest stages. Looking back now though this seems laughable.

His recent victory at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play meant that he became the first player ever to win all four WGC events and it was a third consecutive tournament triumph for DJ,  backing up his breakthrough major win at the U.S. Open in 2016.

This major breakthrough came in spite of some questionable event handling by the USGA who failed to let Dustin or his competitors know for several holes whether or not he had racked up an unfortunate penalty stroke during the final round and it was this misfortune and Johnson's mature handling of the situation that saw him gain plenty of new fans.

 
 

The steely manner of this breakthrough at Oakmont somewhat shattered the illusion that Johnson isn't a mentally strong golfer or that he was destined to never dine at the very top table of the game. More than a year on now from this victory, Dustin Johnson sits proudly atop the Official World Golf Ranking and is the man to beat.

We recently spent time with well respected golf journalists Doug Ferguson, ESPN's Michael Collins and Golf Channel's Randall Mell, who all had their say on the world's current best player who has not exactly had it easy off the course as well as on the course throughout his formative years.

It's been a long and winding road to the top for Dustin Johnson but he now looks set to add to his major tally and keep battling for supremacy with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth, none of whom have been able to quite live with DJ for much of the past year.