August 27, 2011
If there is one man that will never complain when a golf tournament is shortened to 54 holes, it'll be Dustin Johnson.
The now five-time winner on tour took home the Hurricane Irene-shortened Barclays with closing rounds of 63-65, with the latter coming on a Saturday where Johnson got hot early, and then coasted home with nine straight pars over his final nine holes, claiming his first win of 2011 and his second weather-shortened win of his career.
How did Johnson do it? By overpowering a golf course that was soaked by weather all week, and showing that no matter what people say about golf, there is no substitute for scary distance.
Johnson is one of the brightest young Americans on tour, and on a week when he traded in his golf gear for a FedEx truck to deliver a golf club for a sponsor, Johnson let his clubs do the talking when the tournament began, and took advantage of a week that never reached Sunday.
What can we take from this? For one, we know that Johnson is great for 54 holes. The guy has been in the final group after three rounds three times in majors over the last seven, and seems to get himself in the mix during the week, even if it all doesn't seem to come together on Sunday. Also, it shows that this kid is still one of the most consistent players on tour, winning for the fourth straight year, and claiming a FedEx Cup tournament for the second straight season.
Johnson is fun to watch, mostly because he booms it a mile and never seems to get rattled, but his touch around the greens is what has made him a consistent winner, and might just make him the FedEx Cup champion if he keeps up these putting stats (t-8th this week in putts per round).