If the modern professional game is about power, Dustin Johnson’s name has to be in the discussion.
In a relatively short time, now just four years into his PGA Tour career, Johnson has certainly made his presence known. Currently averaging over 311 yards per drive, the 6′ 4″ Johnson is known as the best athlete on tour, capable of easily dunking a basketball, among other things. He has four tour victories all before his 27th birthday, and many observers feel he will not only win a major, but multiple ones at that. The year 2010 certainly was a coming-out party of sorts for Johnson in the majors, even though he did not win. He led at the US Open going into the final round by three shots, but a final-round 81 derailed his chances. Just two months later at the PGA Championship, he would have been in a playoff with eventual winner Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson, but he soled his club in a bunker that he thought was just a waste area, and the resultant two-stroke penalty left him in third place. Johnson is listed as one of the favorites for the upcoming Masters tournament, and it would be no surprise to see defending champion Phil Mickelson slip the green jacket on Johnson’s shoulders in this year’s edition.