After blowing away the field at the Northern Trust last week, Dustin Johnson is trying to win in a different way at this week’s BMW Championship.
The sign of a truly great player in the game of golf is one who can win in a variety of ways and on different types of courses. After dominating the field last week at the Northern Trust, Dustin Johnson is in position to win again this week in a totally different way.
Last week at TPC Boston, Johnson was clearly the best player all week long. He shot a dazzling 60, that easily could have been lower, on Friday, then kept up his solid play throughout the weekend. When the dust settled, Johnson had put together one of the most dominant tournaments in recent memory on the PGA Tour.
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He finished at 30-under par. That was the lowest score, relative to par, ever shot on the mainland of the United States. Only Ernie Els, in Hawaii in 2003, had ever gone further below par in PGA Tour history.
The impressive thing about last week was, while DJ was going super low, he was the only one. It wasn’t like everyone in the field was 20 or 25 under par. In fact, DJ won by a whopping 11 shots. So, in one week, he nearly set the tour scoring record and he beat one of the best fields in golf by 11 shots.
This week’s BMW Championship in Chicago is a totally different type of event.
Rather than players racing out to scores that are way under par, the field this week is just trying to stay somewhere around even par. The greens are hard and fast, the win has blown and scoring has been extremely difficult.
That is almost completely opposite from last week, yet one thing remains just like it was in Boston. And that’s the fact that DJ finds his name at the top of the leaderboard again. He’s tied with Hideki Matsuyama at 1-under par after 54 holes of play. Those two are the only players under par in the 69-player field.
If Johnson were to win this week, it would mean a couple of things. First, it would mean that he would have a huge advantage heading to East Lake next week, where he will be trying to win the FedEx Cup for the first time.
Second, it would prove once again just how good of a player that DJ really is. He’s been overshadowed in his career by his contemporaries, and due to the fact that he has only been able to win one major. But you don’t win 22 times on the PGA Tour by accident.
On Sunday, DJ will have a chance to prove that he can win in a variety of ways and on different types of courses. And if he can close out the win on Sunday, it will be an impressive feat for sure.