The FedEx Cup playoffs are here, and that means there are just 30 guys with a chance to win the biggest monetary prize in all of golf. Let's continue to run down the list, shall we?
Let's face it; Dustin Johnson hasn't had the type of year most thought he would. A guy coming off a two-win season in 2010, most thought the long-hitting American who had been oh-so-close in the past few majors was ready to take the leap.
He had the length, he had the touch around the greens, and from what we could tell, Johnson had the confidence that you need to move from good to great. But 2011 wasn't so kind to him. He struggled in the final round at Doral to finish second alone. He put together a great Sunday at the Memorial, but it wasn't good enough to vault him to the top after a shaky first three days, and he infamously shanked a lay-up out of bounds on a relatively easy par-5 at the Open Championship to give Darren Clarke an easy walk to his first major.
But that just shows how good Dustin is. He can have a "bad" year, and still be second in the FedEx Cup, because when the playoffs begin, he seems to step his game up. A year ago, Johnson won the BMW Championship to get in the mix, and this year, it was The Barclays.
Now, Johnson is just one man from the $10 million bonus the FedEx hands out, and will be building on a final-round 66 he posted a year ago at the Tour Championship.
Sure, Johnson hasn't played so great after The Barclays, finishing T42 and T65 in the other two playoff events, but it seems in the big events, when the pressure is turned up, Johnson is one of the few ready for the challenge, as I'm sure he'll be this week in Atlanta.
- Dustin Johnson