July 18, 2024

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Dustin Johnson takes on tree head-on

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Dustin Johnson takes on tree head-on

Dustin Johnson hits his second shot on Friday on the 9th gap at Innisbrook.

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Dustin Johnson did not see the forest by means of a tree. He observed the environmentally friendly. 

In 1 of the a lot more risky shots you are going to see, and also a single of the far more deft, Johnson place to exam the outdated golf concept that swears that trees are designed of air. On the par-4 9th at Innisbrook, all through Friday’s next spherical of the Valspar Championship, DJ was not denied by a fairly shorter tree about a property in front of his ball, swinging into it and sending his second shot just over the environmentally friendly 114 yards away.    

“That’s a harmful shot,” analyst David Feherty claimed on the Golfing Channel broadcast. “The club can break it can go wherever damage your wrists or your forearms.”

It appeared both equally iron and Johnson were superior. Right after influence, which stopped his abide by-via nearly quickly, Johnson jolted momentarily, took three ways again and adopted his ball. The two-time big champion then started out strolling toward it, and he eventually chipped on and two-putted for a bogey 5. 

“When I walked up, I was like, oh, god, this could be a broken shaft just due to the fact — DJ’s not the style of participant which is going to again off from a shot like that,” on-study course analyst Notah Begay said on the broadcast. “I understood he was heading to get in there and see if there was a little window for him to assault the flag, but the shaft was heading to be in jeopardy. But I’m not absolutely sure it stayed intact. We’ll see.” 

“Well, he strike it challenging. He went right following it,” Feherty reported. “Yeah, he obtained a whole lot of electricity out of it. Modified complete and it just snapped back off of that tree trunk.”

But why strike these a shot, announcer Dan Hicks requested. Analyst Gary Koch was reminded of a very similar energy by Tiger Woods, on the 11th gap through the remaining round of the 2007 Masters. 

In that instance, Woods’ iron snapped. 

“Went forward and did it and the club broke on him,” Koch reported on the broadcast. 

“One matter is, as you know, these fellas have no back-off in them,” Begay said. “Talk to Tiger, Dustin, talking about gamers that have held the No. 1 planet ranking for a whilst, they reach those people heights for a cause — they’re just not ever heading to back off. If they can conserve a shot by taking a opportunity, even at times placing your human body in jeopardy, they are certainly heading to do it.” 

“Trick shot things,” Feherty reported.  

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Nick Piastowski

Nick Piastowski

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Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Journal. In his function, he is dependable for enhancing, composing and creating tales throughout the golf area. And when he’s not writing about approaches to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee indigenous is likely actively playing the recreation, hitting the ball still left, appropriate and limited, and consuming a cold beer to clean absent his rating. You can attain out to him about any of these topics — his stories, his video game or his beers — at [email protected].

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