Dustin Johnson, former number 1 in the world (now thirteenth in the world ranking), will play the first tournament of the Arab Super League (the LIV Golf) scheduled from 9 to 11 June in London. The American has backtracked and will be the most anticipated star of the competition.
Dustin Johnson, Arab Super League
With him also other Major champions such as Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen. In the field, among the 42 golfers announced, there are also the English Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter. Phil Mickelson does not appear in the list. And now there is expectation for the reaction of the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour, powers of the green that in recent months have threatened the hard line towards those who have decided to take part in LIV Golf events.
Equipped with extraordinary physical power and a very powerful swing (with a left wrist at the top of the swing that is not very academic, but very loaded), he is one of the longest players on the circuit, and for three consecutive years (2009-2011) he has finished in third place in the ranking of average distances.
Turning pro at the end of 2007, he has won 20 tournaments so far, and is currently the only player on the PGA Tour to have won at least one tournament each season. He also boasts four WGC titles, of which the second, won in 2015, after returning from a period away from the fields, due to personal problems. In fact, between 2009 and 2014, Dustin Johnson tested positive in three different drug tests, once for marijuana twice for cocaine. Following this, the PGA Tour did not issue any disciplinary measures, nor did it spread the news, but it was the player himself who decided to retire from professionalism for 6 months.
In 2010 he was the protagonist of an unfortunate episode when, at the head of the PGA Championship, the last major tournament of the season, he incurred two penalties at the 72nd hole, for having intentionally placed his club head in a bunker, not having recognized him because very ruined and in a passage area for spectators. After having pocketed the last putt at 18 thinking he was on par with Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer, the latter graduating then winner in the subsequent play-off, he was informed of the two-stroke penalty that took him from first place equal to fifth.