Dustin Johnson is a professional golfer from the United States of America, currently a member of the prestigious US PGA Tour.
One of the longest drivers on Tour, Johnson is also the first professional golfer since Tiger Woods to win a title every year for the first seven years since coming out of collegiate golf.
He had a very successful amateur and collegiate career where he represented Coastal Carolina University. In amateur level, Johnson won the prestigious Monroe Invitational as well as the Northeast Amateur tournaments in 2007 and was also a part of the victorious United States teams that won the Walker Cup and the palmer Cup that same year.
He turned professional in 2007 and became a full member of the US PGA Tour in 2008, going on to win his first title as a member of the Tour towards the end of his first full season at the Turning Stone Resort Championship.
A very controversial character on the US PGA Tour, Dustin Johnson has found himself in the public eye for all the wrong reasons on more than one occasion, none more so than in July 2014 when he announced all of a sudden that he would be taking a break from the sport altogether for some time in order to focus on some challenges in his personal life.
It soon emerged that he was actually suspended by the US PGA Tour for six months for testing positive for cocaine in what was his third offence in five years following two earlier ones in 2009 and 2012. However, the officials of the US PGA Tour denied this report and asserted that Dustin Johnson had taken a voluntary leave of absence from the sport and will return to action once the year is out at the beginning of the new season.
Laura Davies and Mark O’Meara are two among four players chosen to be inducted into Golf Hall of Fame, Class of 2015. The other two players are David Graham and A.W. Tillinghast.
For the first time, a committee of sixteen, made up mostly of Golf Administrators chose the players to be inducted unlike the previous years when independent Golf writers made the choices. In order to be selected, one would have to get approval from 12 members at least.
In spite of having a great record, O’Meara was not selected in the previous years. He was hoping to get the award for quite some time now and he considers himself to be fortunate for being able to have this honour. He said that a golfer dreams of this day from the beginning of his/her career. He considers getting inducted into the golf Hall of fame to be the greatest achievement for a golfer.
Laura Davies could have received the honour years ago. To be eligible for getting inducted into the hall of fame, a player must have 27 points. Davies was stuck at 25 points since 2001. She was busy participating in events worldwide and she even refused enter her name in international ballot for the last ten years because she wanted to earn her way into the hall of fame.
The day before Davies was announced to be inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame, she received her insignia as the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace.
The induction ceremony is scheduled to be held at St Andrews University on the Monday of the next year’s British Open.
O’Meara won 16 PGA Tours and 34 International Titles. He was awarded the title “PGA Tour Player of the year” in 1998. He was the winner of 1979’s US Amateur Golf Championship. He was in five, Ryder Cup teams and also in two Presidents Cup teams.
Davies was victorious in 70 worldwide tournaments and Four LPGA majors. She was the winner of the US Women’s Open in 1987. She won LPGA Championship two times and won du Maurier Classic in 1996. She represented Europe in Solheim Cups for a record 12 times.
With Tiger Woods set to be out of action at least till December, Brandel Chamblee has found a new object of scorn in his path in the form of Phil Mickelson, with the analyst for the Golf Channel claiming that the veteran Ryder Cup star should start owning up more about the string of defeats that the United States has suffered in the event in recent years.
The veteran American blasted US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson for his strategies during the event following the press conference after the event. He also said that Paul Azinger was a much better captain than Watson as he allowed the players to become invested.
The repercussions of those comments made by Mickelson have been widespread with Watson himself saying that there was definitely some communication gap between him and the players and Chamblee blaming everyone from Phil Mickelson from Tiger Woods, despite his absence from the event for the corruption of the entire Ryder Cup experience.
And now, Chamblee, who is known for his outspoken outbursts at players, has called Mickelson a liar.
Chamblee stated that Mickelson had claimed during that press conference that Watson’s players didn’t have a say in the team decision but he knows for a fact that Watson walked with the players and their caddies and asked them who they wanted as their teammates.
So, Chamblee believes that Mickelson was not entirely being truthful with his comments and claimed that Watson went about his captaincy in very much the same way as Paul Azinger had done in 2008.
He also said that these comments by Phil Mickelson makes Watson the scapegoat whereas all the players especially Lefty should be taking responsibility for the string of losses that the United States has suffered in the Ryder Cup over the past couple of seasons.
As PGA USA championship gets underway the round one saw Adam Scott currently world number 2 faced problems of in the first round as he lacked the edge of scoring it big. Currently a week ago he was dethroned from world number 1 position and this week he was finding problems in making things the way he wanted to. Currently he was at 71 at even par on a day which was perfect from scoring. After his dismal performance in the first round of the PGA championship the player was found heading directly for a practice session. After his dismal performance he attended the press conference where he exhibited his disgust over the first round performance.
He in the press conference stated that this was no doubt one of the easiest upset that one can see. He described that the conditions were a piece of cake for anyone out there and he failed to score points easily. He had 6 shots off the pace and tied up on the 54th. The next here days will be a tough chase testing the character of world’s 2nd best player in the sport. The world no. 2 was found off pace from the tee itself. He also said that that he was not in rhythm today and found it difficult to play his shots. He was finding it difficult in hitting the shots in his line. He also said that when one player is not hitting it well he is required to hit all his puts but he failed to do so in this round. The game changed for him when he got two back to back bogeys in the 5th and 6th holes and thus failed to move up the charts in round one. Hopefully his comebacks strong in the next round else it will be game over for Scott.
The US captain Tom Watson this week named a six member squad for the Ryder cup this year. The Ryder cup is all set to begin from September this month and will see the US and the European team fight for the ultimate glory. The current six member squad of US has some injury concerns and that is one of the biggest concerns for Watson. There are speculations on many players in the top 6 suffering from injury. Despite of the injuries the players have been selected for the championship. A team must have in total top 9 players in the squad and currently only 6 have been selected keeping a place for more 3. Watson holds the right of choosing the remaining 3 members for the squad as the wild cards. Steve Stricker was named as the third assistant captain of the team along with Watson this week.
Stricker was made the third deputy captain a week ago and it has all the chances of been selected as the wild card entry to the US team for Ryder cup. Steve deserves to be selected for the team as his current performance in the PGA championship is remarkable. He currently is 5 points beyond the leader Rory Mcllroy. The 47 year old Stricker has made all the progress in the three rounds and beaten almost all his rivals in the championship. His performance has been a noticeable one and if now his captain avoids him in selection as a wild card then for sure Steve may never get a call for the Ryder’s cup. The positive point that will work for Stricker is that the Ryder’s Points gets doubled in the PGA week and this can easily help him qualify for the Ryder’s team because of his great form.
: The Pinehurst layout meant for the esteemed US Open championship has received huge praise from famous golfer Luke Donald. The star golfer has expressed great appreciation for the renovated layout & remarked that lack of roughness assured by the court would add on much excitement to the tournament.
“I really love this renovation work & the very fact that USGA is bold enough to play the championship without roughness on court”, stressed the former world #1. “It is quite a genius act on their behalf.”
“Short-cut grass all across the course offers more options. In case you are hitting in the long rough, there is the option to grab lob wedge”, Donald continued with his praise for Pinehurst.
“Here you are getting several options off tee, around greens. I really love what they have done.”
Luke plays with another British Paul Casey & American golfer Harris English. Defending champ Rose (Justin) would be playing with Matt Fitzpatrick & Phil Mickelson. Open champ Phil finished joint 2nd at Merion a year back in the sole major that was not won by America.
For the 1st time in 4 years, US Open organizers set aside the lure of placing top 3 world rankers together- which has been a very popular ploy leading to immense hype & packed galleries during earlier US Opens.
Whilst world # 1 Adam Scott & 3rd Watson (Bubba) have been teamed together with Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champ- world # 2 Swede Stenson would be playing alongwith American golfer Matt Kuchar & English player Lee Westwood.
Sergio Garcia from Spain plays would be bidding for his 1st major golf title alongside Aussie player Jason Day & American golfer Brandt Snedeker.
3 of the youngest stars- Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama & Jordan Spieth have been grouped together.
While Tiger Woods’ unfortunate absence from the Masters has saddened the golf world it has also cleared the road for some other potential names at the esteemed tournament. It is especially true for Adam Scott who seems firm for the 2nd green jacket after Tiger Woods’ withdrawal from the event.
The World number one would be missing out on the Masters event for the 1st time in his entire career given a critical surgery on his back. Apart from Woods, Mickelson, another favorite at the Masters, might be absent as well given a muscle injury which he sustained while hitting at Texas Open last month. The very absence of two stalwart golfers has shortened odds for Adam Scott.
Bookies cut the defending champ’s (Adam) odds to 8.50 USD in the claim of one more green Masters jacket at Augusta. Woods has been a 4-time champ at the same event.
The Aussie is a 2nd favorite for Masters 2014 behind McIlory (7.50 USD) with countryman Day (15 USD) equal 3rd. Their odds would drop further in case the 3 time champ Phil (15 USD) follows Tiger in pulling out from the tour.
The 14-times major champ Tiger himself confirmed the news of his back surgery on his site. “After an attempt to prep up for Masters & failing to go through required progress, I took the decision, consulting with doctors, to get the procedure done”, says Woods’ website. “The week’s really special for me. It seems like I would be compelled to miss out on different upcoming tours to focus on my rehab & health. It’s frustrating but something which my doctors for my long-term & immediate health.”
Mickelson, however, has expressed interest in playing for Houston Open and is hopeful that he would be fit enough for masters next week.
Upon hearing the term globetrotter, the name of American golfer Jason Dufner is not one that immediately crops up to the mind but according to the one time major winner, getting to travel the world and being able to see different places is something that he is learning to enjoy and cherish.
He stated that travelling the world, as he has started to do recently, and being able to play in different countries as well as a variety of golf courses is something that he hopes will help him become a better professional in the course of time.
He went on to add that if one looks back at some of the greatest names of the of game from the past, the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and some others – they all travelled the world, winning titles in many different countries. Jason Dufner added that they are a bit spoiled in the United States of American, considering the schedule they play in as well as the purse they are given but in this way, he gets to see the world.
And according to Dufner, the situation is a win-win for him.
And many would agree with the American without a shadow of a doubt, especially tennis or golf pros. Being able to get out of one’s comfort zone is something that makes a better player of even an ordinary one and Dufner is one of the best talents around at the moment.
Jason Dufner mentioned that he will be looking to play in four to six international tournaments this year before going on to add that he might be stepping out of his comfort zone in this way, but that is something he wants to do and is looking forward to enjoying traveling the world and become a better player.
There are several ways through which women can improve their skills or learn the skills into playing golf. If you read this article it means that you are interested into finding out how can you, as a woman, train into golfing techniques. This sport is not the prerogative for men only, but women can also perform this sport for recreational purposes. With more and more training programs available out there it makes only good sense that as a woman passionate for golf to reach for them and acquire more knowledge of golfing activity.
You will find that many lady golfers have been involved and still are in training programs that are more aggressive such as weight lifting for instance to help them make their muscles stronger for having a better golfing experience. With training programs it has been proved that the skills in golfing can be improved while gaining more strength for a better performance on the golf course.
These programs are specially designed to assist you into developing those muscle groups that are primarily used into golfing activity. It makes no sense to be trained into muscle building and strength building exercises that address other sporting activities that require an overall building of the muscular mass.
Once you resort to the specially designed golf training programs you will find that your golf performance will increase considerably out there on the course. You will be able to hit longer drives with a more consistent power and focus.
US PGA Tour star Dustin Johnson has become the latest big name player to confirm his participation at the Perth International, scheduled to held at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club this month.
The American golfer has managed seven wins on the US PGA Tour since he earned his card back in 2008 including making it to the Tournament of Champions in 2013, an event that he went on to win. His continued his strong start to the season as he finished in second place in the Canadian Open in July.
And speaking about his first trip to the city of Perth to take part in the event, Johnson stated that he loves playing in Australia and mentioned that his fall schedule was such that he couldn’t turn down the chance of playing at the Perth International. Dustin Johnson went on to add that he has heard a lot of great things about the city, the people and their lifestyle from people who have already been there and he cannot wait for the event.
And he mentioned that he is really looking forward to teeing off in Western Australia for the first time in his career. David Rollo, the Vice President as well as Director of Golf for the IMG group in the country has stated that as a member of past Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams, Dustin Johnson is a very exciting addition to the event lineup and he is confident that he will be treat to the eyes on the greens of the course.
He stated that the player is a great athlete as well as one of the most exciting players to play the game at this time and it was great for the event that he accepted the chance to play at the Perth International this season.