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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 6 Dustin Johnson


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 6: Dustin Johnson

Born: June 22, 1984, Columbia, S.C. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 9 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $5,509,467 (5th) | World Ranking: 9

Gary Williams' Take: With a win this year, Johnson will extend the longest active streak of winning at least one event on Tour every season going back to 2008. The difficult losses at majors give fans pause, but the fact that he has been so close so often makes it inevitable that he will break through. He also finished tied for sixth at Augusta last year, marking his best result at a course, tee to green, that is built for him. He rarely misses a cut, and his top 10 production ranks with the best on Tour. He may be the player best conditioned to deal with defeat, because he is virtually oblivious to the consequences while others are busy suggesting that he will never recover. He always does, and with playoff wins, two World Golf Championship victories and a sure spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, it’s time to focus on the details. Johnson and swing coach Butch Harmon are working on his approaches from 50-125 yards and on improving his wedge play. He should have major championship scar tissue, but he never shows it.

Major Championship Résumé

Starts: 27

Wins: 0

2015 Performance:

     Masters – T6

     U.S. Open – T2

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     British Open – T49

     PGA Championship – T7

Best Career Finishes:

     Masters – T6 (2015)

     U.S. Open – T2 (2015)

     British Open - T2 (2011)

     PGA Championship - T5 (2010)

Top-10 Finishes: 10

Top-25 Finishes: 14

Missed Cuts: 4

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