Dustin Johnson won the FedEx Cup for the first time in his PGA Tour career last season. Can he become a two-time winner this year?
With the 2020 portion of the PGA Tour schedule in the books, we at Pro Golf Now will be taking a look at the current top 50, and some selected others, in the current FedEx Cup standings and whether they are contenders or pretenders for the 2021 FedEx Cup. Our latest subject is the current No. 1, Dustin Johnson.
Best career FedEx Cup finish: DJ has made it to the Tour Championship in all but his rookie season in 2007. Since then, he has finished in the top five six times (fifth in 2010; fourth in 2011; second in 2016; fourth in 2017; fourth in 2018 and first in 2020). His dominant playoff performance last season led to him finally winning the tour’s biggest prize.
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So far this season: Johnson is the best, and the hottest, player in the world right now. He has proven that with his performance, in a limited number of events, so far during the 2020-21 season.
He opened his season at the U.S. Open, where he was among the favorites as the week started. He started the event with a 73 on Thursday to fall eight shots behind. He shot 70 on Friday to make the cut, but he was still seven shots back.
DJ slipped back to a 72 on Saturday and trailed Matthew Wolff by 10 shots with 18 holes to play. DJ shot 70 on Sunday, on a day when scoring was tough, to climb into a tie for sixth place.
After six weeks off, Johnson returned to action at the Houston Open, an event he would use as a tune-up for the Masters.
DJ showed a little rust on Thursday, as he shot a 2-over par 72. However, he bounced back with a 66 on Friday. On Saturday, he shot another 66 to jump into a tie for fifth place. Then on Sunday, DJ shot a 65 to climb into a tie for second.
At the Masters, DJ was dialed in all week.
He opened play with a 65 on Thursday to share the lead with Paul Casey and Dylan Frittelli. DJ shot a 70 on Friday to share the lead with four other players with 36 holes to play.
The verdict: This one is simple. The best, and hottest, player in the world is not only a contender for the 2021 FedEx Cup – he’s the favorite.