2017 WGC Dell Match Play-Dustin Johnson’s Fire Putter, Masters Forecast


By Sean Sang

What a week it was for World No.1 Dustin Johnson, who secures his 3rd straight victory after defeating PGA Tour rookie John Rahm in a dramatic match play finale. Johnson never trailed a match once and only let two matches reach the 16th hole.  Rahm showed he was not going to back down to the current world number one taking the match all the way to the 18th after being 5 down through 8, but DJ proved why he’s the best player on the tour. As of late, the golf that Dustin Johnson has been playing is on par with how Tiger Woods had played in his prime. The long accurate drives, the short game magic, and an intimidation factor that is tough to ignore. With the ways things have been for DJ, it will be very unlikely that we see him step down from the number one spot for a while.

So what has made Dustin Johnson an even better player than he was last year? There’s a lot of contributing factors to Dustin Johnson’s great play as of late, but a huge part of his consistent success has to be credited to his new putter upgrade. His 2016 US Open Victory was won with a Scotty Cameron Newport Tour and he shortly made the switch to a TaylorMade Spider Putter during the WGC Bridgestone Invitational last year. It might have seemed as though Dustin Johnson was tinkering and experimenting with new putters but I think the TaylorMade putter won’t be making a switch out of his bag anytime soon especially since he’s won a mind blowing 5 times since the switch. The same putter that DJ is using is also the same putter that previous world number one Jason Day uses as well.

In my opinion, Dustin Johnson has been the best player on the tour for a while now. Nobody hits it further with the accuracy that he does and when his putter is hot, there’s no stopping the guy. Now that he’s gotten all the tools in his bag fully sharpen, there’s no doubt in my mind he’s out there trying to break all of golf’s records.

Masters Forecast: My pick for this upcoming Masters event is obviously going to be Dustin Johnson (who wouldn’t pick the guy?) but there are some dark horses and sleepers that can make a run against him as well. John Rahm is starting to look more like the real deal after his PGA Tour win at Torrey Pines earlier this year and even more now with his impressive runner up finish this week. Don’t count him out for strong finish at Augusta. As for world number two Rory McIlory, it just didn’t look like it was his week at the Dell Match Play who did not reach the sweet 16 bracket but didn’t play all to0 bad (67 scorecard during his lost to Soren Kjeldsen in the first round match).  Don’t feel too worried about Rory though, he’s been playing quiet well as of late with a runner up at the Arnold Palmer and two top 10 finishes in his starts before that. The way the Rory’s finishes have trended as of late, expect to see him in contention at the seasons first major. As for former world number one Jason Day, we will have to wait and see what his decision will be with Augusta. Day withdrew from the WGC Match Play so he could be with his mother who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.

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