FedExCup spotlight: Dustin JohnsonROCHESTER, NY - AUGUST 06: Dustin Johnson of the United States hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on August 6, 2013 in Rochester, New York. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)August 06, 2013
Dustin Johnson will look to end his run of major heartbreak and boost his FedExCup hopes this week at the PGA Championship. The 29-year-old who has had Sunday opportunities to win at three different majors since the start of the 2010 season is still chasing his first major title.
Johnson is no stranger to winning on big stages, however. His seven PGA TOUR victories include two events in the FedExCup Playoffs and this year's season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Johnson joined the TOUR in 2008 and won his first event that fall after being eliminated from the Playoffs at The Barclays. He's gone on to win an event in each of the following five seasons and never again finish outside the top-15 in the FedExCup standings. In fact, he's one of two players (joining Luke Donald) to finish inside the FedExCup top 10 in each of the last three season.
Currently 14th in the FedExCup standings, Johnson is in good position to extend his streak to a fourth consecutive season finishing inside the FedExCup top 10. One of the TOUR's best when the calendar turns to August, Johnson has improved his FedExCup position in the Playoffs each of the last four years and boasts eight top 10s in his 17 Playoff starts. He's one of seven competitors to win multiple Playoff events and, a season ago, became the third player in Playoff history to score four top-10 finishes in a single Playoffs.
Johnson's form has been down of late. He's secured just one finish better than tenth since the calendar turned to April and has finished outside the top 25 in more than half of his starts (including three of his last four) since winning the season opener.
But much of that can be overlooked for DJ when this time of year rolls around. In 2009, Johnson traveled to the PGA without a top-10 finish since May and went T10-T15-T4 in his next three starts to make a run all the way to East Lake. Two years later, he went from April to the start of the Playoffs with just two finishes inside the top 20 (one on U.S. soil) in nine starts before winning The Barclays and securing a career-best fourth-place finish in the FedExCup chase.
No matter the circumstances, it appears Johnson will always be a threat in August and September and it shouldn't come as a surprise if he again finds his stride this week.
Johnson's FedExCup finishes 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 134th 14th 5th 4th 8th FedExCup highlights • Dustin Johnson is one of seven players with multiple victories in the FedExCup Playoffs (2010 BMW Championship, 2011 Barclays) • In 17 Playoff starts, Johnson has eight top-10 finishes along with his two victories. • Johnson has earned seven TOUR victories and finished inside the FedExCup top 10 three times since becoming a member in 2008. • Last year, Johnson became the third player in history to earn four top-10 finishes in a single Playoffs. • Johnson’s 463-yard drive on the seventh hole at TPC Boston in Round 4 of the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship is the longest drive Playoff history (Yes, it was cart path assisted) Johnson's PGA Championship results, FedExCup standings Year FedExCup before PGA result Points earned FedExCup after 2009 18th T10 70.67 19th 2010 11th T5 110.0 11th 2011 18th MC 0 19th 2012 24th T48 20.5 24th