FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Isn’t it about time Dustin Johnson got mad? Mean-dog mad. I’m articulate Costner-Tin Cup-club-snapping mad.
“It’s not going to happen,” pronounced one member of his middle circle, who combined that DJ indeed does bake flattering prohibited on a inside, belying his famously unfeeling demeanor.
To that we say, maybe it should happen. The male is positively capable. After a 2011 Open Championship during Royal St. George’s, Johnson left behind his 2-iron in a locker room … in dual pieces. That was a bar with that he pumped his second shot out of end during a par-5 14th hole, costing him a possibility to locate contingent personality Darren Clarke.
Yeah, some-more of that. Just a tiny some-more attitude.
What’s it going to hurt? If there’s one male on a universe who should be ticked during a golf gods, it’s Johnson, who seems to know roughly all about how to surpass in vital championships solely how to win them. Though not though trying. His runner-up finish in a Masters final month was his eighth tip 5 in a vital and his ninth top-10 in his final 15 vital starts. He did constraint a 2016 U.S. Open during Oakmont in that widen with jaw-dropping, exquisite proficiency, though it’s his innumerable collection of nearby misses that seem to resonate.
Which can usually occur to someone with Johnson’s measureless earthy tools.
This subject is applicable usually since of Johnson’s peculiarity bid Friday in a second turn of a 101st PGA Championship. Which was, well, what you’d design from a No. 1 actor in a world. After a three-under 67 during bloody Bethpage Black, Johnson is once again in row in a major. He’s one of usually a handful of players within hailing stretch of personality and good crony Brooks Koepka, and among that tiny subset, he’s a one with a many firepower.
And he does know how to win. At age 34, Johnson already is a life member of a PGA Tour after his 20th career feat during a WGC-Mexico Championship in February. His several general victories embody this year’s initial Saudi International.
Put him in a major, however, and a difference “snake” and “bit” expel a hide over him.
It’s turn slight for media forms to move adult Johnson’s countless tighten calls (we gangling we this time) and how Johnson insists he isn’t disappointed, usually “a tiny undone infrequently usually since I’ve had utterly a few chances and I’ve felt like a few of them we unequivocally didn’t do anything [wrong] … we played well. But that’s usually how it is. It’s tough to win majors. If it was easy, a lot of guys would have a lot some-more than they do.”
Enough of that talk. Frustrated? No, it’s time to get jacked. Find that chip on a shoulder that seems to work so good for Koepka, who has figured out how to channel usually a right volume of middle fury into execution.
Johnson had it going for a spell on Friday when he started ripping detached a some-more formidable behind 9 during Bethpage Black, converting 5 birdies in 6 holes to stand within dual of a lead. He wasn’t perplexing to compare Koepka’s opening 63 during that stage, however.
“I wasn’t meditative anything other than a subsequent shot we had to hit,” he pronounced after completing 36 holes in four-under 136. “So, but, yeah, we mean, we can get it going out here. For me, if we can expostulate it in a fairways, we can get it going. Just need to hurl a putter.”
The dabble can always work a tiny improved for him. Very few group can disregard a golf turn as entirely as Johnson, though a thing seems to wish to get behind during him on a greens. And so it was again on Friday as he watched a array of brief ones go awry.
Koepka, a fortifying champion this week, has credited Johnson, his examination partner in Jupiter, Fla., with training him a few things that have clearly helped him turn maybe a many dangerous male in a grand impact tournaments. The dual were interconnected together in a final turn during Shinnecock Hills, and Koepka outplayed Johnson to turn a initial male in 29 years to win back-to-back inhabitant titles. Then he went out dual months after and hold off Tiger Woods to win a PGA Championship during Bellerive Country Club.
Perhaps Johnson should take a evidence from his younger friend.
Johnson was asked on Friday about his loyalty and adversary with Koepka. He didn’t strew many light on their dynamics. “Yeah, we’re unequivocally rival on a golf course, in a gym, whatever it is,” he said. “We’re unequivocally good friends. We kind of pull any other. So it’s been a lot of fun.”
Well, sure, foe is fun. What isn’t fun is examination a other male win. As his crony you’d wish to be happy for him. But as a good actor who will be 35 years aged subsequent month, we should start to prerogative yourself some-more for being, though question, not usually one of a many gifted players in golf, though also one of a many entirely prepared, week-in and week-out.
Let’s poise a back-alley question. Which golfer would we slightest wish to brew with in back-alley brawl? Few men, if any, would get some-more votes than a presumably easy-going Johnson. He is some-more than tough enough. Now it’s time he got meant enough.
Nice guys don’t always finish last. But in competition they occasionally get what they want.