Jersey City, New Jersey – A short memory is one of Dustin Johnson’s greatest assets, given all the horrific conditions Dustin Johnson has endured on the golf course for many years.
It doesn’t suggest that he forgot everything.
Johnson extensively recalled his debut in the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2008. The format was different back then, with 144 players in the first event and 120 in the next round. Johnson was number 117 and felt a rare sense of urgency.
“In fact, I remember being about 4 feet on the 36th hole to reduce the number. I would have needed next week. And I made it horseshoe-shaped and I missed the cut, ”he said on Wednesday. “That’s why I took three weeks off.”
The pressure remained as in the fall of 2008 players ended up in the top 125 money list to hold the PGA Tour card. Johnson was 128 when he won his first 24 PGA Tour wins at Turning Stone.
Johnson is not where he expected when the FedEx Cup playoffs kicked off Thursday at Liberty National’s Northern Trust. He doesn’t feel any urgency either.
He is 17th in the FedEx Cup. It’s a product that hasn’t won the PGA Tour since the Masters last November and counts this season, but it’s rarely a competitor.
“Of course it will take a few weeks here,” he said.
Liberty National’s 124-man field (# 8 Louis Oosthuizen sits to ease neck pain) fell into the top 70 FedEx Cup qualifiers outside of Baltimore next week, with the top 30 being Tour champions. Ship.
Johnson just needs to look at the past year to understand how quickly it’s changing. He was 15th in the FedEx Cup a year ago when the switch was turned on hard.
He won the Northern Trust with 11 strokes at TPC Boston. He lost in the BMW Championship Playoffs when Jon Rahm made a 65-foot birdie putt on Olympia Fields. And with a staggered start at East Lake – seeded number one, Johnson started at 10 under par – he eventually won the FedEx Cup and a $ 15 million bonus.
He showed some form at least a year ago and finished second in the PGA championship two weeks ago. However, it is clear that Johnson can appear without notice.
“Why? I don’t know why,” he said. “Of course I know I’m a good player. I’ve been a really good player for a long time, so I don’t mind playing a few bad rounds … anytime no matter how badly you play, one shot or one shot will make you feel good and everything will turn. “
Collin Morikawa has already won a $ 2 million bonus by leading the FedEx Cup after the regular season in the World Golf Championship title in March and the second major at the British Open in July. 1 seed.
In contrast to Johnson, Morikawa also devotes himself to the lessons of last year.
He left his first major in the PGA Championship, his second win of the year. Whether it was complacency or just getting out of his routine, it was practically no show in the lucrative postseason.
Morikawa missed a cut at the Northern Trust and finished nine strokes late at Olympia Fields. In the final FedEx Cup ranking, he had to be content with fifth place.
“Just because I won the PGA my standards were high so I might have thought I could play better,” said Morikawa. “I had a slightly different view of golf than it should be, so I had to go back to what I was doing and what I was doing to play great golf.”
Jordan Spieth is the second seed, followed by Patrick Cantlay, Harris English and Jon Rahm.
For now, the more important numbers are way below the list. JT Poston is at number 70, the next week’s cut-off time. People around the 60th place who missed a cut (this is the only post-season event with a cut) can take place during the season.
At the bottom is Chesson Hadley, number 125, don’t expect it to get too stressful. He is happy to be here. Hadley was in the top 125 when he made a hole-in-one in the final round of the Wyndham Championship last week, shooting 62 and drawing in 15th place. It brought him one point to the last qualifying place for the FedEx Cup.
The perks were more about keeping your full card than chasing after a $ 15 million bonus at the end of the playoffs.
“I play with my house money,” said Hadley.
And he is already guaranteed real money. Just reaching the postseason is worth the $ 101,000 bottom line bonus.
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