Scientists have finally found a cure for Dustin Johnson choking in the final round of golf tournaments: hurricanes! (The kind that blows off the ocean, not the kind you drink before getting behind the wheel of a car… er, too soon?)
Despite falling short of its predicted end to one-quarter of humanity, Hurricane Irene did shorten this weekend’s Barclays Classic to 54 holes, and that development fit squarely into the wheelhouse of the guy who may be the world’s greatest three-round player.
Johnson, who infamously blew up on the final 18 at the U.S. Open and PGA Championship last year after heading into Sunday with the lead, felt none of that pressure on Saturday at Plainfield Country Club as he fired a 65 — including a sterling 29 on the front — to put him at 19-under for the win in the abbreviated tournament.
DJ walked away from the event $1.4 million richer and in the driver’s seat for the rest of the FedEx Cup playoffs. The good news for Johnson is that hurricane season does not end until Nov. 1, so three-round tournaments are not entirely out the window for the remainder of the schedule. The bad news is the odds of that actually happening are pretty minimal, especially when he plays the Western Open* at Cog Hill in Lemont, Ill. in two weeks.
Thus, it appears that science will not be able to save Mr. Johnson from the fact that he needs to learn to not forget how to play golf on Sundays. So much for breakthroughs.
*= Sorry, BMW. I refuse to comply with your name takeover, as well as the tournament’s move from Fourth of July weekend, for eternity.