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Golf Australia Express : Issue 9
Winning the first of the FedEx Cup Playoffs at The Barclays has catapulted American Dustin Johnson to the top of the series leaderboard. The 27-year-old is an “All-American” model—tall, strong and extremely athletic. But while others wish they could be him, the new world No.4 is just happy to playing golf for a living. PLAYER THE COMPLETE ATHLETE DUSTIN JOHNSON is an athletic freak. He’s tall, bombs it as long as anyone, has unheard of strength and flexibility, and propels a calm demeanour on course well above his years. Others on Tour watch him in awe, perhaps even envy. And while this 193cm 27-year- old from South Carolina is yet to reach the heights of golf, he’s come so agonisingly close to it twice. His mental collapse at the final round of the 2010 US Open and controversial rules violation at the 72nd hole at the PGA Championship months later have been well documented. But what often gets missed in all that reporting is just how much class Johnson—or DJ as he’s known on Tour—has shown during moments of professional heartbreak. That perspective probably comes from a brush he had with the law back in 2001—things could have turned out quite differently for Dustin Johnson. As a teen, he was bullied into buying bullets for a gun that was later used in a murder. He had to pay restitution for his involvement in the crime and testified at the murder trial.