Dustin Johnson can Master his demons

There’s always a chance that some obscure player—the next Zach Johnson—will come out of nowhere, VCU-like, in the Masters. And you can never discount a Kentucky blue blood like Phil Mickelson.
And even though he hasn’t shown much lately, there’s something about Tiger Woods in the Georgia pines. My guess is that when he breaks out of his extended slump, it will be on a big stage, because that’s what gets his juices flowing.
But if there’s an interesting pick to click at Augusta this year, it just might be Dustin Johnson. He’s “stupid long,’’ as Tiger mentioned at Pebble Beach last June. And he’s unflappable enough to shake off last year’s two major disasters—in the U.S. Open at Pebble and in the PGA at Whistling Straits.
I covered both of those tournaments. After Johnson fell apart in his final round at Pebble, I wondered if that cloud would hang over his head. But he proved at the PGA that he’s not one to let setbacks linger from a psychological standpoint.

He’ll need to pay attention to details at Augusta. On the positive side, the sandtraps are well marked there. And he won’t wilt under the pressure of Sunday at the Masters.

He’ll need to bring his A Game, same as anybody else who wants to don the green jacket.  In my mind, though, there’s no question about whether Dustin Johnson has mastered the lessons of his past mistakes.


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ABOUT: Herb Gould

Herb Gould's historical novel, `The Run Don't Count: The Life and Times of Frank Chance and His 1908 Chicago Cubs,' was published recently. A longtime Chicago Sun-Times sportswriter, Herb is a co-founder of TMGcollegesports.com, an in-depth and off-beat national college football website, along with Chris Dufresne (LA Times), Mark Blaudschun (Boston Globe) and Tony Barnhart (Atlanta Journal-Constitution). He remains a contributor of golf and college-sports commentary at the Sun-Times. Herb also is the author of Victory March, an account of Notre Dame’s 1988 national championship, and has written for many sports outlets, including ESPN.com, Lindy’s football and basketball annuals, Chicagoland Golf and other golf publications.

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