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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 199
That trio of disappointments might have crippled lesser golfers, but for Johnson and his tale of mishits in both his personal and professional life, they’re almost appropriate, just like the rules debacle that threatened to derail his back nine charge on Sunday. The drama couldn’t have been more apt. But with that one laser-guided approach to just a few feet at the 18th hole at Oakmont, he put to bed any questions regarding his standing in the game. For a player sometimes accused of caring more for the off-course excesses that his talents have provided him than he does for putting those talents to good use, Johnson’s comments after his victory were telling, and signaled a maturity and also a growing appreciation of the legacy that is on offer for him if he continues performing. “I think it’s well deserved, after everything that I’ve been through in the majors. I’ve knocked on the door a bunch of times,” he said. “To finally get a major win, it’s huge. It gets me a lot more confidence going into every major to know that I can win. So it’s definitely a start to becoming a great player.” Everyone grows up at some point. It just took Johnson a little longer than the rest. E 2010 – SHOOTS A FINAL-ROUND 82 AT THE US OPEN AFTER ENTERING SUNDAY WITH A THREE-SHOT LEAD, GIFTING THE WIN TO GRAEME MCDOWELL. 2010 – LEADS BY ONE AT THE FINAL HOLE OF THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, ONLY TO BE PENALISED TWO STROKES FOR GROUNDING HIS CLUB IN A SANDY AREA CLASSIFIED AS A HAZARD, AND SUBSEQUENTLY MISSES THE PLAYOFF. 2012 – ANNOUNCES HE WILL BE OUT OF ACTION FOR TWO MONTHS, AFTER INJURING HIS BACK WHILE LIFTING A JETSKI AT HOME. REPORTS LATER ALLEGED HIS ABSENCE WAS ACTUALLY A BAN AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR COCAINE, A CLAIM HE DENIED. 2014 – TAKES SIX-MONTH “LEAVE OF ABSENCE” FROM THE GAME, CITING PERSONAL ISSUES. REPORTS AND RUMOURS SWIRL, WITH ACCUSATIONS ALLEGING HE FAILED MULTIPLE DRUG TESTS, AS WELL AS HAVING AFFAIRS WITH FELLOW PLAYERS’ WIVES. 2015 – MISSES A 12-FOOT PUTT TO WIN THE US OPEN AT CHAMBERS BAY, THEN BLOWS THE FOUR-FOOT RETURN PUTT TO HAND JORDAN SPIETH VICTORY. LONG ROAD TO THE TOP
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