You probably heard that Dustin Johnson is the current U.S. Open Champion. It was a well-deserved victory given the rough history he has with Majors; he had the reputation of being the best player never to win a Major championship.
His results stats in major championships before winning this past weekend at Oakmont were impressive with 11 Top-10 finishes and 5 Top-5! This spectacular record might look good on paper but if you were to watch live some of these tournaments you will see the unbelievable meltdowns Johnson went through. Here is brief description of these horrible instances:
- 2015 Open Championship – Leading after Round 2 only to shoot a couple of 75´s in a row for a T49th place in the British Major.
- 2015 U.S. Open Championship – You probably remember this one; one the last green Johnson three-putted to miss a playoff with Jordan Spieth, brutal!
- 2011 Open Championship – A pretty unnecessary out-of-bounds at the Par-5 14 cost him the 1st place and finished tied in 2nd.
- 2010 PGA Championship – With a one shot lead in the final round, Dustin took a two shot penalty on the last hole to miss the playoff!
- 2010 U.S. Open Championship – Johnson had a pretty comfortable 3-shot lead on to the final round just to shoot a whooping 82 to finish in 8th place.
After learning a bit of DJ´s history with Major Championships, how do you think he managed to overcome all of these experiences to claim his 1st big one?
Clearly Dustin is much more than an incredibly gifted athlete with crazy flexibility and power under his belt. We can see that his mental game is rock solid given the circumstances that surrounded him on the road to his first Major victory.
On top of it all Dustin was almost penalized again, for a ball that moved when he was about to putt on the fifth hole and he had to finish the round knowing this!
So please, whatever situation you are going through, use Dustin Johnson as an inspiration to overcome these challenges and to rise above them! Use your experiences as fuel for positive improvement. After all, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?
By: World Junior Golf