AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dustin Johnson withdrew from the 2017 Masters just minutes before his Thursday tee time because of a back injury he suffered Wednesday night. Johnson, a Columbia native, fell down stairs at his Augusta rental home the day before the first round of the tournament. “Obviously, I can make some swings. I can’t swing full,” Johnson said. “I can’t make regular swings.” Johnson used ice and heat on his lower left back in hopes of keeping the bruise from affecting his swing. His agent said Johnson was hopeful Wednesday night that he would play. He showed up at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday, warmed up on the range and determined he could only swing at 80 percent. He then notified Masters officials and withdrew before speaking with the media. “It’s just so tight. Every time down, right at impact, it would just catch,” Johnson said. “I didn't think there was any chance I could compete.” … [Read more...] about Dustin Johnson withdraws from Masters
It was just two summers ago that Rory McIlroy was on fire. He won the British Open, followed by the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and then the PGA Championship at Valhalla. He was the first player to win three consecutive tournaments played since Tiger Woods did it in 2008, and a floodgate of reactions followed. People wondered if McIlroy was the next Tiger, whether he could win as many majors as Woods and if he would dominate the game in the same manner. Eight months later, a very similar conversation shifted to Jordan Spieth. A 21-year-old at the time, Spieth blew away the field at the 2015 Masters. He tied Tiger's record at 18-under-par for the tournament. He made a Masters-high 28 birdies and led wire-to-wire at Augusta National for the first time since 1976. Two months later, Spieth won the U.S. Open. Then he won the John Deere Classic the week before the British Open at St. Andrews. With McIlroy sitting out with an injury, Spieth flirted with winning his third consecutive major … [Read more...] about Column: Can Dustin Johnson keep golf’s hottest trend going at Royal Troon?
LOS ANGELES — A year ago, Dustin Johnson blew away a star-studded field at Riviera Country Club to win the Genesis Open. It was the first of three start of three straight wins for Johnson, helping the Sherwood Country Club member ascend to the No. 1 spot in the world golf rankings. Johnson also joined the select company of Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer as the only players to have won at least once on the PGA Tour in their first 10 seasons. Nicklaus and Palmer won at least one title for 17 straight years and Woods had a streak of 14. With his win earlier this year at the Tournament of Champions, Johnson extended his streak to 11 straight seasons. Johnson’s potentially big 2017 season came to a crashing halt during Masters week, when he fell down some stairs at the house he was renting, hurting his back and forcing him to withdraw. “Leading into the Masters I felt like I was in complete control of the game,” Johnson said during … [Read more...] about Dustin Johnson eager to defend Genesis Open title at Riveria
I have to admit that I managed to not see even one minute of live coverage of the U.S. Open this past weekend. However, I did follow the scoring on the U.S. Open app and saw occasional highlights. Following Twitter really was a great way to 'see' what was going on without having to be glued to the TV and wow, did Twitter ever blow up in the afternoon Sunday as the USGA fumbled its way through the ruling with eventual champion Dustin Johnson. For those of you not familiar, Johnson took practice strokes next to his ball on the 5th green and then started to move to address the ball. It should be noted that he did not ground his putter. He saw that the ball moved and immediately called in the walking official with the group to determine if there was any penalty. After discussion with the official, it was ruled that there was no penalty and the ball was to be played as it lay. He calmly made his putt and moved on. Rule 18-2 of the Rules of Golf states that if a player or caddie causes a … [Read more...] about Gail Graham on golf: Dustin Johnson handled ruling situation better than USGA at U.S. Open
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The state of South Carolina is on a roll athletically, and it’s not just in collegiate sports. Dustin Johnson, a Columbia native, is the No. 1-ranked player in the world and currently holds the U.S. Open title. He’s won his last three tournaments and is the odds-on favorite to win the Masters this week. Putting on his first Green Jacket would certainly be an impressive addition to what the Palmetto State has recently accomplished, and Johnson, who went to Coastal Carolina, has taken note. “Yeah, we've been on a good run,” Johnson said Tuesday from Augusta National Golf Club. “The (USC) women won the other night, which is nice, and Coastal (Carolina) won the baseball. Hate to say Clemson won the football. I'm a Gamecocks fan. It's good it was in-state, but I don't think I'll ever hear the end of that.” A busy McGirt Spartanburg’s William McGirt is taking it all in at his first Masters, but the Wofford College alum is … [Read more...] about Masters notes: Dustin Johnson deals with Clemson title