Dustin Johnson's Heavy Return

When Dustin Johnson returns to Whistling Straits, it will be with the lingering memory of his major blunder there five years earlier.

Released on 8/5/2015

Credits

Executive Producer: Harris Levinson

Transcript

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Dustin Johnson's disappointments
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have been severe, but I definitely don't think
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he's destined to be, you know,
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this generation's Sergio Garcia.
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Dustin's like a sleek, beautiful NASCAR.
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The powerful engine, but when he gets
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the thing into gear, the transmission slips.
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Something always seems to go wrong.
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Dustin Johnson is a mystery right now.
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He's arguably the most talented player in the game.
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He's stupid long, I mean,
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that gives him an advantage over everybody to begin with.
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Granted, when we think of Dustin Johnson,
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Whistling Straits, we think of the mishap,
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but we kind of forget that he was
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right there going in to the last hole.
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He lost the PGA there, in 2010,
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in such an unfortunate way.
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Putting the club in the bunker, incurring the penalty,
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that really was a crushing blow to him.
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Then, when you factor in what happened
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at the US Open, and the British Open,
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he's gonna go into Whistling Straits
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with even more pressure.
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I think Dustin Johnson's greatest capacity
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is to forget everything that's happened before.
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Almost like a football player
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with a fresh set of downs, or a basketball player
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heading back down the court again.
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It might be his greatest weakness as well,
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because he doesn't remember that he's
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about to fall into the same traps
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that he's had, in terms of failing,
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in the lead, at a major.
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I think this one, when he really thought
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he had a great chance at St Andrews,
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to fizzle so monumentally, I actually expect
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there's gonna be a hangover here,
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and we're not going to see that bounce back this time.
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