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Top 20 Golfers for 2012 Majors: No. 10 Dustin Johnson


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2012 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Throughout the month of March, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 20 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 10:Dustin Johnson

Born: June 22, 1984, Columbia, S.C.| Career PGA Tour Wins: 5|2011 Wins (Worldwide): 1| 2011 Earnings (PGA Tour): $4,309,961 World Ranking: 11

Brandel Chamblee's Take:

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With every swing of the club, Dustin Johnson lights up the game and holds his peers and fans alike in awe. He had a measured drive in 2011 of 463 yards, which was the longest of any player, and his win at the Barclays kept alive his streak of having won in every year he’s been on Tour (four years). 
In the last two years, though, it is his play in the majors that has elevated our expectations. At first glance, The Masters seems to be a perfect fit, but his suspect short game makes that the least likely place for him to win his first major. The harder the course, the longer the course and the more intimidating the course, the better his chances, which makes the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course a likely place for him to become better known for a big win than for his big drives.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 13
Wins: 0

2011 Performance:
Masters - T38
U.S. Open - T23
British Open - T2
PGA Championship - Cut

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T30 (2009)
U.S. Open - T8 (2010)
British Open - T2 (2011)
PGA Championship - T5 (2010)
Top-10 Finishes: 4
Top-25 Finishes: 6
Missed Cuts: 2

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.