SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Neither rain, nor wind, nor dim of day can stop Dustin Johnson from his allocated rounds right now—and an glorious possibility to win a second U.S. Open in 3 years.
On Thursday, Johnson was one of 4 players to mangle standard as 20 to 25 mile-per-hour winds howled by Shinnecock Hills. On Friday morning, a turn began in spacious cloudy conditions before it became cold, stormy and miserable. Only on a final 5 holes did a object come out and gleam on a trio of Johnson, Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods.
Johnson was resolute, regardless of a conditions. There weren’t a lot of birdies to be had on a golf march on possibly day for anyone, though Johnson stayed patient, didn’t make many mistakes and sealed his scorecard after 36 holes during four-under-par 136, that gave him a four-shot lead on a margin as he headed behind to his rented residence to put his feet adult for a afternoon.
“He’s usually playing, ‘DJ golf,’” pronounced Thomas after saying it adult tighten and personal for dual days. “He’s not doing anything spectacular. He’s usually in control of his swing. He’s gripping a turn in front of him. Everything he’s doing right now is really, unequivocally good.”
Woods, who knows something about winning on a golf course, shook his conduct when asked about what he had usually witnessed.
“Dustin’s in finish control of what he’s doing out there,” he said. “When it got stormy and stormy out there, he usually played right by it. He’s attack all flush. Every putt he strike looked like it was going in.”
Already, even with dual rounds to play, golf people are articulate about usually how widespread Johnson has become—and maybe turn during a subsequent 4 years. A week bashful of branch 34, Johnson now has 18 PGA Tour wins—including a 2016 Open during Oakmont. He quickly mislaid a No. 1 mark in a Official World Golf Rankings recently to Thomas, though snatched it behind a week ago with a exile win in Memphis.
“If he wins here and has dual Opens in a final 3 years, we consider there’s a possibility he goes on a run and wins mixed majors a subsequent few years,” pronounced Ken Schofield, a former executive of a European Tour. “A few years ago we favourite to contend that when Rory [McIlroy] was during his best, that was a best golf could be in a world. Now, though question, DJ’s best is a best there is.”
As Thomas forked out, Johnson doesn’t have to be fantastic to dominate. He has finished 4 birdies any day during Shinnecock, though usually 4 bogeys—total, including usually one on Friday. He’s usually birdied dual of a 4 standard 5s he’s played, surprising for him.
“He reminds me of Ernie Els 20 years ago,” pronounced Chubby Chandler, who was Els’s representative in those days. “Everything looks easy for him. He’s got a long, easy pitch and zero seems to worry him out there. He’s looks laconic, though it’s apparent he’s unequivocally competitive.”
Johnson’s ability to not get too high or too low has clearly helped him navigate a lows that have befallen him. In 2010, he led a Open during Pebble Beach by 3 shots after 54 holes before a meltdown 82 on Sunday knocked him down to a tie for 8th.
He insisted he’d be means to rebound behind from that disturbance and, dual months after he did, blank a playoff during a PGA during Whistling Straits by one shot since of a two-shot chastisement incurred when he incorrectly belligerent his bar in what a PGA of America had somehow deemed a fort on a 18th hole.
“It competence have been a fort once,” David Feherty pronounced that day. “But by a time Dustin played that shot it was a sheep pasture.”
There were off a golf march issues after that and injuries and it began to demeanour as if Johnson was going to be one of those good talents who never utterly lived adult to his potential. Then came a three-putt on a 72nd immature during Chambers Bay in 2015 when he went from looking during a 12-foot eagle putt to win a Open, to blank a four-foot birdie putt that would have tied Jordan Spieth.
“I overtly suspicion after that he competence be done,” Schofield said. “Not that many players rebound behind from that kind of disaster once. Dustin’s finished it 3 times now—Pebble, Whistling Straights, Chambers Bay. That’s flattering remarkable.”
When Johnson plays “DJ golf,” it is formidable to find many wrong with his game. His brief diversion has turn one of a best in a sport, to go along with his mostly overwhelming ball-striking. He’s also grown mentally, as a initial dual rounds have proven. He hasn’t attempted to repress a golf course. In fact, he’s played it with a good understanding of finesse, mostly laying behind off of tees to make certain he finds fairways.
Johnson’s outline of his turn Friday was—as Chandler would put it—typically laconic.
“The initial 7 or 8 holes it was spacious and overcast,” he said. “I suspicion a golf march was unequivocally difficult. Then a sleet came and it got a small cooler and a golf turn wasn’t going unequivocally far. we suspicion we did a good pursuit unresolved in there, afterwards it got good for a final 5 or 6 holes.”
Johnson sounded some-more like a weatherman than a golfer, though his outline was accurate. His usually spook came during a first—his 10th of a day—when he missed a immature left. The innocent-looking 1st valid fraudulent for a lot of players. Woods finished 6 there Friday, an alleviation on a 7 he finished to start a championship on Thursday.
Woods afterwards bogeyed a second, a prolonged standard 3 that played 234 yards today. Johnson finished standard there, though birdied a par-4 fourth and a torturous seventh, rolling in a 30-foot putt that hung on a corner for several seconds before dropping in—eliciting a singular fist-shake from Johnson.
During his outline of “DJ golf,” Thomas pronounced he suspicion Johnson was “an underrated fort player.”
When someone steady that criticism to Johnson, he shrugged his shoulders (laconically, of course) and said: “I consider I’m a good fort player. we unequivocally don’t caring what anybody else thinks.”
Unlike many athletes who insist they don’t caring what other people caring about them though clearly caring unequivocally much, Johnson clearly DOESN’T care.
That competence be a many considerable arms in his arsenal.