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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 199
What’s striking when you compare the career trajectories of two of golf’s most magnificently gifted exponents is the sheer consistency they both exhibited before finally breaking through. Prior to last week at Oakmont, Johnson’s 28 major appearances had yielded 11 top 10 finishes. That’s a top 10 result 39 per cent of the time he teed it up at a major. Before Mickelson finally saluted at the 2004 Masters, he’d played 46 majors and recorded 17 top 10s – a 37 per cent success rate. Put simply, if you throw yourself into the frame often enough, success is almost inevitable. Perhaps it’s a product of the mid-20s wunderkinds now dominating the game, but if players haven’t achieved the ultimate success by the time they reach 30, they’re almost universally written off as also-rans. Truth is, some guys just take longer to put it all together, and there’s nothing wrong with walking a roundabout route to end up at your final destination. Rory McIlroy – not the same player since his ankle injury, and now arguably encumbered by the pressure of expectation that comes when you achieve so much so early – might have peaked two years ago as a 25-year-old. You never know, and time will tell, but as a 21-year-old Jordan Spieth might already have produced the best golf he’ll ever play, given how good he was last year. Johnson, perpetually (and probably deservedly) painted as a gifted but hard- partying and underachieving talent with a knack for finding a way to lose, treaded his own path to a US Open triumph. There was the three-putt to lose in devastating fashion at Chambers Bay 12 months ago, the grounded club in a hazard at the 72nd hole at the 2010 PGA Championship to cost him a spot in a playoff, or the final- round 82 after leading by three at the 2010 US Open.
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