Dustin Johnson is the hottest player on the planet and just won the FedEx Cup. There’s no reason to pick anyone else to win the U.S. Open.
When trying to pick a winner at this week’s U.S. Open, it might be best to not overthink it. Sure, nearly every one of the best players in the world are in this week’s field. But, if one were to make the obvious pick, it would have to be Dustin Johnson.
In case you have been living under a rock, you realize that Johnson is simply the hottest player in the world at the moment. Just two weeks ago, he completed a playoff run that resulted in the 36-year-old winning his first FedEx Cup.
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Not only is Johnson ranked as the number one player in the world, he has been nearly flawless over his last four starts. Just for the sake of review, let’s take a look back.
At the season’s first major, the PGA Championship, DJ came up just short as Collin Morikawa rallied to win on Sunday. Johnson finished in a tie for second place.
At the Northern Trust, Johnson had one of the more impressive performances in the last decade on the PGA Tour. He shot a crazy 30-under par score over four rounds and beat the field by a whopping 11 shots.
In the second playoff event, the BMW Championship, it took a 66-foot birdie putt from Jon Rahm on the first playoff hole to beat DJ. Still, it was another top-two finish for Johnson.
Then, at the Tour Championship, Johnson took advantage of his FedEx Cup lead to hold off the field and win again. That’s a T2-1-2-1 stretch over four weeks.
DJ won twice in three weeks and won three times overall last season. He’s simply playing better than anyone else in the world right now.
Johnson has been driving the ball long and straight, which could be a huge advantage to him this week at Winged Foot. Staying out of the rough will be key, and Johnson has been able to do that with great regularity over the last month.
DJ has also been putting very well lately. Winged Foot is known for its greens, and if DJ can keep his putter hot, he could either make up for any mistakes he makes on his way to the green, or take advantage of his ability to get the ball close to the hole.
While Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Rahm will have a say this week, it would be silly to pick anyone but Johnson to win the 2020 U.S. Open.