Dustin Johnson the story so far

At the time of writing, Dustin Johnson is the current world number one and it doesn’t look like he’s giving that spot up any time soon. Johnson has now spent the 9th longest amount of time at world number one since the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) came into play.

So… let’s have a look at how the 33 year old has got to this point.

Johnson was born on June 22, 1984 in South Carolina and now resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Dustin Johnson played collegiate golf at Coastal California University. Whilst an amateur player Dustin Johnson won the Monroe Invitational and the Northeast Amateur in 2007 and also played on the winning 2007 Walker Cup and Palmer Cup Teams.

Johnson turned professional in the latter part of 2007 and eventually won his tour card early in 2008 after finishing T14 in the 2007 qualifying school.

Johnson won his first tour event in his rookie season, in 2008, at the Turning Stone Resort Championship. This was a sign of things to come as he became only the third person after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win a PGA tournament in each of his 7 years after college.

2009 proved to be a real breakout year for Dustin Johnson, he managed to finish 15th on the money-list for the season, with 5 top-10 finishes and winning one event.

In 2010, Dustin Johnson bettered his previous year by finishing an astounding 4th in the money list list with 7 top 10 finishes and two wins. Johnson came close that year to winning his first major in the PGA Championship. Going into the final hole of the tournament, Johnson held a one shot lead, Johnson bogeyed the hole which meant he would go into a play-off with Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer. Unfortunately for Johnson he was handed a 2-stroke penalty for grounding his club in the bunker resulting in him finishing T5th.

2011 saw Dustin Johnson come one step closer to winning a major. A T2 finish in The Open Championship behind Darren Clarke and equal with fellow American Phil Mickelson, he also finished 5th in the year for money rankings and reached his highest point in the OWGR rankings at number 7.

2012-2014 were hit by injury, yet Dustin Johnson managed to continue his incredible feat of winning at least one tournament in each year since college. When 2015 came around, Johnson was on the incline again by finishing 5th in the money list for the year and recording 1 win and 11 top 10 finishes (including two 2nd place finishes).

2016 proved to finally be the year he cemented his name in the history books, he won a major. Dustin Johnson won the US Open by a margin of 3 shots, however, it was not without controversy. He was penalised one stroke for the slight movement of his ball before his putt on the 5th green (which he successfully sunk). Many golf stars from around the world, such as Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas took to social media to criticize the organizers decision and handling. This remains Johnson’s only Major to date.

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As well as winning his first major that year, he also took  home the unofficial title of the highest earning golfer of the season with a totaled amount of $9,365,185. Yes, that’s in the millions! He managed this feat across 22 events, which included 3 wins and 15 top 10 finishes!

In February 2017, Dustin Johnson reached the pinnacle, he reached number 1 in the OWGR after a win at the Genesis Open. Johnson, to date is still the current number 1 and is the 9th longest in history (based on number of weeks) to hold that position.

In 2018, Dustin Johnson won the first tournament of the year and extending his feat of 11 consecutive years of winning at least one tournament since leaving college, only Tiger woods (14) and Jack Nicklaus (17) have bettered that.

In total Dustin Johnson has 17 wins in his career, amassing $49,703,604 in career winnings (this does not include winnings from non-associated tour tournaments)

I think that Dustin Johnson will go down in history as one of the best players, but first, he needs to win a few more majors to be recognized for this.

I believe that he can win another major in 2018 and I’m sure he does to! Good luck for the year to Dustin Johnson.

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