Dustin Johnson has been practically unstoppable lately.
On Sunday, the world’s top-ranked player won his second straight start –- at the WGC-Mexico Championship. He has five PGA Tour victories in his past 15 starts dating to the U.S. Open last summer at Oakmont. He also has won two World Golf Championship events.
The Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman is impressed:
Dustin Johnson only gets better with every tournament that passes. If you don't catch him now, you might not for a long while. #consistent
— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) March 5, 2017
Here’s Johnson by the numbers:
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 6, 2017
And then there’s this:
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) March 6, 2017
Johnson brings a lot of strengths to the course. For one, he’s crazy accurate:
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) March 6, 2017
USA Today’s Luke Kerr-Dineen is in awe of Johnson’s swing:
He’s a freak athlete. He isn’t just flexible enough to avoid injury, he’s so strong that he’s able to negate the hook move his bowed wrist promotes. He spins open his body so hard and so fast that what started as a closed club face is square by the time he gets to impact. DJ’s one of the few players on the planet who can do this, and it offers him a unique advantage over the rest of the field. He takes a wild power move and makes it controllable by applying speed. It’s borderline illogical, but it’s why he’s such a freakishly long driver of the golf ball.
That ability was demonstrated on this eagle from this past weekend:
Yes, that is an iron from 322 for @DJohnsonPGA.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 4, 2017
And here are some long DJ drives:
Dustin Johnson led the #ADGolfChamps with an average drive of 323 yards.
That's nearly a third of a kilometre! pic.twitter.com/VYa2Zs1q7x
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) January 22, 2017
CBS Sports’ Kyle Porter was impressed with other aspects of Johnson’s game:
He won (the tournament Sunday) with a sick sand save on the final hole, too. Johnson called it, “probably the best shot I hit all week,” and it was certainly that. He had 122 yards and two putts to the win, but a wicked lie and a tough stance. It was a shot that showed why being long and punishingly athletic comes in handy when you’re trying to play world-class golf.
Here’s the shot:
"It was probably the best shot I hit all week." pic.twitter.com/MQHTkZlmJq
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 6, 2017
ESPN’s Jonathan Coachman sees few weaknesses:
The only time he makes mistakes is on the greens, and he is barely doing that. He has become a player for whom par is 68. And if you play against a player that in your mind is starting four shots ahead of you, that is hard to deal with. He makes most courses look like a pitch and putt. Two straight wins proves my point.
And ESPN’s Bob Harig says other golfers should be scared of Johnson:
It is tough not to be spooked by a guy who can get it around so effortlessly. His length overcomes many mistakes, and even on a course that he can’t overpower, he is able to take advantage by having shorter shots into the greens.
It is fair to point out, Johnson’s putting was awful over the weekend:
Dustin Johnson: 16 missed putts inside 10 feet; tied for most of any PGA Tour player in a win last 10 seasons
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) March 5, 2017
Regardless, Johnson is now the co-favorite to win this year’s Masters at 13-2. Jordan Spieth is the other favorite:
Spieth is the current king of Augusta, and it will probably remain that way for a long time. Spieth has finished second twice and has one green jacket in his three trips there. He is widely considered the favorite to win in 2017. But now he has company.
Others expected to perform well are Rory McIlroy (10-1), Jason Day (12-1) and Hideki Matsuyama (15-1).
The Golf Channel’s “On the Clock” debated the chances of Johnson taking home this year’s green jacket:
What do you think? Should Johnson be favored to win this year’s Masters?