Wednesday, 6 April 2016

How well will Dustin Johnson putt at the Masters?

I think Dustin Johnson has a fabulous golf swing and, as I doubt it had anything to do with performance improvement, I'm not too bothered about his "time out". He's now in that group of "best players never to win a major". Can he do it?

Famously, Dustin blew up in last year's U. S. Open at Chambers Bay, missing a difficult eagle putt to win and then the one coming back to evade getting in a play off. He also came near in the 2010 US PGA when, with a one shot lead going into the last, he grounded his club in sand that had been well trodden by spectators and was ruled to be a bunker. The players had all been well briefed beforehand. And just the other week, Dustin shot 79 in the final round of the WGC Cadillac championship after being in strong contention.

Dustin's PGA tour putting stats are revealing. Once he gets to the green, his putting average of 1.7 ranks him 7th on the tour. But it's his putts per round stats that are fascinating:
Round 1: 27.29 putts on average, ranked 3rd. Round 2: 28.43, ranked 46th. Round 3: 28.14, ranked 51st. Round 4: 29.71, ranked 142nd.

So it's not just in the big events that Dustin has a problem. No wonder the betting folk have him down as a good bet for first round leader at the Masters!

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