In sports, it is quite natural to talk of win streaks. However, golf does not seem to follow the same formula. Unless you are Tiger Woods in his prime, or Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in their heyday, PGA Tour pros today consider themselves lucky to win one tournament a year as long as they achieve the goal of staying in the Top 30 in the FedEx Cup Standings, thus being eligible for The PGA Tournament of Champions at the end of the year.
By any standard, it can now be stated that Dustin Johnson is simply not playing fair. The PGA WGC Match Play Tournament in Austin this week was his third win (following the Genesis Open and the WGC of Mexico) of 2017.
For a week that began with off-the-course drama (Jason Day tearfully withdrew early due to his mother’s impending surgery), Johnson apparently was trying to ensure that there wasn’t equal amounts of anxiousness once play got underway. Whereas most tournaments test golfers skills against the individual course, Match Play is unique in that golfers take on each other mano-a-mano in a series of matches over a span of days.
In any event, golf should not be as easy as Dustin Johnson has made it look in 2017. Any weekend duffer attempting to play this frustrating game will attest to the difficulty of mastering the task, appearances to the contrary.
By Sunday, Johnson had dispatched six fellow Tour Pros and had a five-shot advantage on Jon Rahm, who has a win himself on the young season, the Farmer’s Insurance Open. Rahm fought valiantly to erase the large deficit once the pair reached the back nine. Rahm would fall short, dropping the match 1 Up, giving Johnson his third tournament in as many starts this season.