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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 158 - PGA Preview
THERE’S a certain poetic symmetry to Dustin Johnson’s tilt at this week’s PGA Championship. Whatever your position on the controversial and polarising American star, it does feel like a series of factors – both tangible and, perhaps, mystical – are converging at Whistling Straits as he attempts to finally end his major hoodoo. And if DJ does finally hoist a major trophy in Wisconsin, it won’t be a moment too soon. It can’t be long until Johnson enters the “best never to win a major” conversation. With a PGA Tour victory in each of the past eight years, he’s one of the most superbly consistent and gifted athletes currently playing the game. Yet the fact remains that the world No.7 has found himself in winning positions at the US Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship without ever following through. While Johnson exhibits an eternally easygoing manner no matter how he’s playing, there’s no way the results of the past couple of months haven’t stung him deeply. If his three-putt at the 72nd hole of the US Open to first cost himself an outright victory and then a spot in the playoff was painful, his disappointing third round at the Open Championship, after leading the tournament, must have felt like Mike Tyson was delivering each development with his fists. So there could be no better time or place for Johnson to silence the critics than this week at Whistling Straits, for a number of reasons. WORDS BY ADRIAN BALLANTYNE “A Cuban”* *needs one more revolution. Do more than Talk the Talk
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