Over the span of his career, Dustin Johnson has had a hard time finishing strong late in tournaments; but this year, he is in prime position to be at the top in the 2013 British Open.
Johnson is the only golfer in the world to finish in the top-15 in the past three British Opens. No player has ever come so close, especially at the British Open, to win his first major in their career. While most analysts and fans believe that either Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson will win, Johnson has a tendency to make things interesting.
Two years ago, he had his chance to win his first major at the 2011 British Open held at St. Royal George. Trailing with five holes remaining, he misfired on the green and tied for second with Mickelson. Even though most people may assume that Johnson “chokes” in the big moments, he puts himself in position to win more often than people expect.
In 18 major starts, Johnson has finished in the Top-10 five times, which is not a bad track record. Despite the disappointment in coming so close in capturing his first major, the timing seems right for Johnson to finish strong in what will be a competitive event.
So far this year, Johnson hasn’t necessarily been playing his best golf, as he continues to struggle after opening the year with a win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. In 14 events, he has only ended up being in the top-10 four times and has been stumbling downhill this year.
Even so, it is not too late for Johnson to turn it around and make it a season to remember.
Though his recent play is a cause of concern, he is one of the best at keeping himself alive, especially in an event where he has come so close to winning. If Johnson can find a way to hang on and find the ability to finish, he will indeed be the last golfer standing and outlast the likes of Woods and Mickelson on his way to sweet redemption.