Could Dustin Johnson compete against old-school Tiger?

Dustin Johnson holds his trophy after defeating Jon Rahm of Spain at the Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin County Club, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Dustin Johnson looks almost unbeatable right now.

He won the Dell Technologies Match Play on Sunday for this third consecutive victory. It made him the first golfer to earn a career sweep of the four World Golf Championships.

Johnson made it look relatively easy:

He can hit the ball really far:

Here are some highlights from Match:

And his post-championship comments:

Johnson now has 15 career victories –- six since he won the U.S. Open last summer at Oakmont. Needless to say, he has been very good lately:

Maybe it’s because he is jedi:

ESPN’s Jason Sobel is impressed:

Johnson is the rare golfer, the one-in-a-few-million kind of guy, who makes it look easy. He is the prototypical see-ball, hit-ball type of player. He stalks the fairways with a nonchalance usually reserved for strolls in a park. He sighs after birdies, shrugs after bogeys and barely pumps his fist when he wins a tournament.

Not surprisingly, Johnson is the odds on favorite to win the Masters in two weeks:

On Sunday night, Westgate Las Vegas Sportsbook released new Masters odds that list Johnson at 5/1. Spieth, who has a win and two runner-ups in three Masters starts, held steady at 13/2 despite being knocked out in the round-robin portion of the Match Play. Johnson was actually a slight favorite for a week after his victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship when he moved to 6/1 ahead of Spieth at 13/2, but he dropped back into a tie with Spieth the following week. Rory McIlroy remained at 8/1, the third-best odds of anyone in the field.

The Associated Press’ Doug Ferguson says it’s hard to see Johnson not winning the Masters:

Dustin Johnson has been around long enough to realize he’s not going to win every golf tournament he plays. It’s just getting harder to find a candidate to stop him. Zach Johnson advanced out of his group in the Dell Technologies Match Play and faced Dustin Johnson, whom he referred to not only as the best player in the world, but “probably playing as good as anybody has ever played in the last month.”

Ryder Cup-winning golfer Sam Torrance reflects on Johnson’s run of success:

He’s the perfect athletic specimen, he’s playing like God and, after claiming a third consecutive win on Sunday, at the WGC Match Play in Texas, Dustin Johnson seems to go from strength to strength. The last man I can recall sustaining this level was Tiger Woods.

How does Johnson compare to Tiger at his peak? As far as World Golf Championship events, Johnson has a ways to go:

CBS Sports’ Kyle Porter thinks it’s not crazy to compare Johnson to Tiger:

That Tiger comparison, while not completely apropos, is not absurd for the 32-year-old Johnson. He won’t touch Woods’ 79 wins or 14 majors, but he now has 15 PGA Tour wins and is making a nice little run at Rory McIlroy as the best golfer in this generation. McIlroy has three more majors than D.J. does so there is work to be done, but Johnson knows he’s up for the challenge.

The Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard compares the two golfers using something called stats:

To be historically honest, Woods’ run in 2000, for example, included nine wins in 20 starts (45 percent) and three majors along with a WGC high card, but that doesn’t invalidate the parallel. Statistically, Woods circa 2000 and Johnson’s current run are two sides of the same coin. In ’00, Woods was second in driving distance, first in greens in regulation, second in putting average and first in scoring average; while this season Johnson is first in driving distance, second in greens in regulation and 11th in scoring, although his putting average is 77th. Of course, the real test awaits in two weeks when the major championship season gets underway at the Masters. For all of Woods’ accomplishments, any legitimate similarities begin and end at the Grand Slams. But if the reaction from those who now must face the stoic bomber is any indication, there are the early vestiges — however slight — of the shadow Woods cast across leaderboards in his prime.

What do you think? If Dustin Johnson right now played Tiger Woods at his peak in an 18-hole playoff, who would win?

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