Dustin Johnson is in the midst of his best stretch of golf in his 14-year PGA Tour career. It might even be the best stretch of golf we’ve seen on Tour since Tiger Woods circa 2000. Johnson is winning seemingly every tournament he enters nowadays. And when he’s not winning, he’s still breathing down the leaders’ necks come Sunday afternoon.
Before he tees it up at this week’s Genesis Invitational, though, Johnson sent a scary message to the PGA Tour that he still sees room for improvement in every aspect of his game.
Dustin Johnson is playing flawless golf of late
On the PGA Tour, every golfer who enters a tournament has a chance to win. Well, except if Dustin Johnson is in the field. The No. 1 player in the world is playing the most dominant golf of his lengthy career, and he’s simply unbeatable at his peak.
In his last nine starts, Johnson has four wins, three second-place finishes, a T6, and a T11. Most players on Tour would be thrilled with an 11th place finish, but for Johnson in his current form, that’s just an off week.
Johnson won the Saudi International (of course) two weeks ago in his last professional start, and he’s back on the PGA Tour this weekend for one of his favorite tournaments.
DJ will tee it up this weekend at the Genesis Invitational
After taking a week off to spend time with his family, Dustin Johnson is back on the PGA Tour circuit this weekend for the Genesis Invitational. That’s already bad news for every other golfer in the field, but it’s especially bad news considering The Riviera Country Club is one of Johnson’s favorite tracks on Tour.
In 13 starts at Riviera, Johnson has nine top-10 finishes and a victory. He’s the clear betting favorite to hoist another trophy this weekend at +500 odds to win.
“This is a big tournament, it always is,” Johnson told reporters Wednesday. “It’s always got a great field, it’s at a great venue. It’s just a really good golf course. It plays tough always, especially with the conditions this year, it’s firm and fast. And it looks like we’ve got good weather for this week so it’s going to continue to get firmer and faster.
“I just like this golf course just from tee to green, everything about it. It’s a fun golf course to play. It always plays a little different depending on the wind.”
Dustin Johnson sends a scary message to the PGA Tour
After what we’ve seen out of Dustin Johnson over the last few months, it’s nearly impossible to believe he can play any better. But, somehow, Johnson believes he hasn’t even played his best golf quite yet.
“I feel like I could always be better with every part of the game, but definitely can roll the putter better always,” Johnson said Wednesday. “I feel like the short game, you can always improve with that, too. But I feel like I’m swinging it pretty good, I’m happy with the way I’m swinging it, but there’s room for improvement I think throughout the bag.”
Wait, what? Room for improvement? Coming from the guy who’s matched or broken par in 32 of his last 36 professional golf rounds? The same guy who has a 44% winning percentage over his last nine starts? Impossible.
If Johnson is correct and he somehow does have another gear, please pray for the rest of the PGA Tour in these trying times.