After his record-breaking win at the Masters, Dustin Johnson has been tipped to complete a Grand Slam of major titles within the next 3 years.
The world number one powered to a first title at Augusta on Sunday, winning by a total of five shots after carding a record 20 under par. After witnessing Johnson’s dominance last week, Sky’s golf expert Rich Beem believes the American could complete his collection of majors over the next few seasons.
“If Dustin is able to repeat what he is doing right now, I’m hard-pressed to say anybody in the game of golf is going to be able to chase him down. He is going to be awfully tough to beat in years to come.”
After playing magnificently through the first three rounds, Johnson went into the final day at Augusta four shots ahead of the rest of the field. After a few nervy holes and with Australia’s Cameron Smith hot on his heels, Johnson’s lead was cut to one shot and it looked as though his advantage was about to disappear.
But the 2016 U.S Open winner kept his cool and began to hit the ball well again, before extending his lead and eventually sealing the victory in convincing fashion. Beem believes this composure provided the key to victory for Johnson.
“It was clinical. He never really got flustered. He might have got a little bit anxious at times but you never saw any panic in his game whatsoever and you never got the sense that he was going to blow the lead like he has in certain tournaments throughout his career.”
Johnson now has two majors under his belt, and in order to complete the Grand Slam he needs to win the Open Championship and the PGA Championship, which will both return next year.