Dustin Johnson, USA

During his career American golfer Dustin Johnson has managed to establish himself amongst the biggest names in the sport. With numerous wins on the PGA Tour under his belt and a series of respectable finishes in major championships, including his 2016 U.S. Open win at Oakmont.

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, in June 1984, Johnson played collegiate golf at Coastal Carolina University before storming to victory at the Monroe Invitational and Northeast Amateur in 2007. After competing on the winning 2007 Walker Cup and Palmer Cup teams, the promising youngster earned his PGA Tour card by finishing in a tie for 14th place at qualifying school during the same year.

The talented TaylorMade player is widely regarded for his powerful drive and was ranked third for his distance from the tee for three consecutive years between 2009 and 2011. Johnson held a one shot lead entering the final round of the 2010 PGA Championship, but slipped to fifth place after incurring a two-stroke penalty for grounding his club in a bunker.

At the 2011 Barclays tournament, Johnson saw off competition from compatriot Matt Kuchar to take the crown after opening the final round with back-to-back birdies. Poor weather conditions - notably the occurrence of Hurricane Irene - shortened the competition to 54 holes after the third day just hours before the storm would hit at Plainfield Country Club. However, Johnson was able to show off his fine form before the rain struck to shoot a 29 on the front nine holes for the second consecutive day, while playing this part of the course in 17-under-par for the week. The tournament saw Johnson move up to number four in the official world rankings, as he enjoyed the fifth victory of his career, becoming the first player since Tiger Woods to win in each of his first four years on the PGA Tour after graduating from college.

Having sustained a back injury off the course, Johnson was forced to miss part of the 2012 season, but returned to the PGA Tour in May, winning the FedEx St Jude Classic just a couple weeks later. The golfer’s fine form continued in 2013, when he won the season opener, Hyundai Tournament of Champions. In November of the same year Johnson won his first World Golf Championship at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai, finishing three-strokes ahead of the defending champion, Ian Poulter.

Johnson continued to be a player to watch throughout the 2014 season, finishing T4 at the U.S. Open in June. But at the end of July the TaylorMade player made an announcement he would be taking a leave of absence from golf, effective immediately. Johnson cited personal issues as the reason and stated he would also be unable to play in the Ryder Cup later that year.

Johnson returned to competitive play on the PGA tour in February 2015. After missing his first cut back at the Farmers Insurance Open, the American went on to record Top-Five finishes in his next two events before winning the WGC - Cadillac Championship at Doral in March.

By 2016 Johnson remained one of the top performers on the PGA Tour. Racking up six Top-Ten finishes in his first ten events. In June Johnson finally secured his first major win. Winning the U.S. Open at Oakmont amidst a rules controversy that led many to question the USGA’s handling of a penalty stroke handed to Johnson after the final round. On the fifth green, Johnson’s ball appeared to move as he was about to address it. The TaylorMade player immediately stepped away and called over a rules official to explain he had not yet addressed the ball, with playing partner Lee Westwood corroborating Johnson’s story. At that time the rules official agreed that no penalty would be given. However when he was later leading the tournament he was approached on the 12th tee to be told the incident would be looked at again after he finished the round to assess whether or not a penalty was in fact needed. In the end it didn’t matter, Johnson was able to hold his nerve to finish the day with a 68. Even after he was given a 1-stroke penalty for the incident on the 5th the American still won at Oakmont 3-shots clear of his nearest competition.

In February 2017 Johnson reached another important milestone with his win at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles, California.  After completing both his third and fourth round on Sunday due to bad weather, Johnson won his 12th PGA Tour title and reached Number One in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career.

Career Wins:

2020 - Masters Tournament
2020 - Tour Championship
2020 - The Northern Trust
2020 - Travelers Championship
2019 - WGC-Mexico Championship
2018 - RBC Canadian Open
2018 - FedEx St. Jude Classic 
2018 - The Sentry Tournament of Champions
2017 - The Northern Trust
2017 - WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play Championship
2017 - WGC - Mexico Championship
2017 - Genesis Open
2016 - BMW Championship
2016 - WGC - Bridgestone Invitational
2016 - The U.S. Open
2015 - WGC - Cadillac Championship
2013 - WGC-HSBC Champions
2013 - Hyundai Tournament of Champions
2012 - FedEx St Jude Classic
2011 - The Barclays
2010 - BMW Championship
2010 - AT&T Pro-Am
2009 - AT&T Pro-Am
2008 - Turning Stone Resort Championship