Ex-Chant Johnson shoots for back-to-back majors

dustinjohnson3Coastal Carolina crashed the College World Series party last month with the school’s first national title. Now the Chanticleers may be ready to take over the world as its most famous alum goes for a major international championship.

Former CCU All-American Dustin Johnson enters this week’s 145th Open Championship as one of the favorites after winning his last two outings. DJ claimed his first major title in the U.S. Open at Oakmont and captured the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, stealing the spotlight from the “Big Three” of Jason Day of Australia, the United States’ Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland.

“I’m excited and looking forward to going over to the British with the golf game in good form,” DJ said. “It definitely gives me a lot of confidence, and maybe frees me up, too. I don’t know, I’m definitely a little more relaxed out there on the golf course, especially coming down the stretch. … Really calm, collected, just focusing on what I was doing. Just playing golf.”

Johnson had more than his share of major championship heartbreak before breaking through at Oakmont despite a huge controversy when he was told about a possible rules infraction in the middle of his round. However, he kept his head down the stretch this time and won by three strokes despite being assessed a one-stroke penalty after the round.

DJ has played well all the season, with 10 finishes in the top 10 and 13 in the top 25 in 15 tournaments without missing the cut, but didn’t find the winner’s circle until the second major of the year.

Then he shot 66-66 on the weekend to claim his third title on the World Golf Championships on the same weekend the baseball team at his alma mater, Coastal Carolina, captured its first title in the College World Series.

Finally, he seems to be living up to the opinion of many that he’s the most talented golfer in the world,

“That’s the goal, to get to that No. 1 spot,” said DJ, who finished in the top 10 on 11 occasions in the majors before winning at Oakmont. “But yeah, I mean, it’s important. I’ve still got a lot of work to do to get there. It’s not just getting there, you want to stay there. I’m looking forward to the challenge.” – Photo courtesy of PGA Tour

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