This weekend, Dustin Johnson won the hurricane-shortened Barclays just two strokes ahead of the defending champion Matt Kuchar. The opening FedEx Cup playoff event was cut short to 54 holes due to the arrival of Hurricane Irene, and Johnson made the most of it to take the win and first place in the FedEx Cup standings and No. 4 in the world rankings.
It's also the second time in three years that Johnson has won a weather-shortened event. He also won at Pebble Beach in 2009 when the rest of the tournament was canceled to rain. This time, some might say Johnson was saved by the rain. The weather held up just long enough for him to get the win. If the tournament had been called at 36 holes, Kuchar would have been declared the winner. Instead, Johnson had a chance to pull ahead.
Johnson is the first player since Tiger Woods to go straight from college and win in each of his first four years on the PGA Tour. This was his fifth win this season and many agree that he is stepping out to prove himself as a strong new player in the world of golf.
For Johnson, the win couldn't have come at a better time. It's been nearly a year since he won his last Tour event, last year at the BMW Championship. And while he is a strong golfer with the total package, he was overdue for another win under his belt.
Johnson is a solid, resilient player who expects nothing less than to win each year. He is a long hitter, and he has the confidence and young spark to not shy away from the difficult shots. His putting has been letting him down a bit this year, but he was able to pull it all together at The Barclays and play smart but aggressively to take the lead.
At only 27 years old (right about my age), Johnson has five career wins—the most of any American in his 20s. This was a very big win for him but the statistics don't lie, and they show us that Johnson may still has a lot more to offer fans in his golf career. While he has yet to win a major, I don't think we'll be saying this for long if he continues his success next year.
"Guys like Dustin Johnson can make golf seem really easy," said Matt Kuchar.
I'm betting we haven't seen the last of Johnson but instead that this is just the beginning of more great things to come.
Lisa is a recreational golfer, wife of an amateur golfer and mother to three young golfers.
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Lisa Mason, Yahoo Network Contributor www.GolfGreedy.com