Most players would be content to win four career PGA Tour events. Dustin Johnson has that many alone just in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
DJ comes to TPC Boston seeking a third win at The Northern Trust but first at this venue.
The South Carolinian has played well here despite no trophy. Johnson’s 7-for-7 making the cut highlighted by T-4th in 2009 (68-65-70-66) and T-4th in 2012 (67-68-65-70). He owns three more top-20s, including T-7th (68-69-72-64) the last time the Tour came to Norton in 2018.
The way Johnson sees it, playing well here is a test of execution.
“There’s not really any holes where I can be more aggressive than anyone else,” Johnson was quoted by ASAP Sports in 2014. “It’s just the golf course is pretty much right in front of you. It gives you the spot where you need to hit it and that’s where you’ve got to try to hit it.”
The 36-year-old has been a bit up and down since the schedule resumed in June. He MC’d and posted a T-17th at the Heritage before emerging for a win at the Travelers Championship.
It was his first win in over a year, but a bad back lingered. It played a part in another MC and a WD that also would have been a missed cut at the 3M Open.
Johnson is never down too long as he showed with high finishes against elite fields at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude (T-12th) and the PGA Championship (T-2nd).
TPC Boston is a good setup as bentgrass greens are fairly common where he’s from in the Southeast. Plus, he ranks 15th in strokes gained off the tee (.559 per round). He’s second on the Tour in eagles (one per 74 holes).
The greens can be tough to hit if you’re out of position, but DJ ranks fifth in proximity both from the rough (4th, 38’4”) and the fairway (3rd, 28’4”).