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Monday, September 13, 2010

Dustin Johnson wins the BMW Championship

Dustin Johnson pulled in the victory on Sunday at the BMW Championship in Lemont, IL. It is good to see him earn the victory given all he has gone through this summer. He also taught us all a lesson on being persistent and not giving up. Johnson had his share of difficult setbacks this year at the US Open and PGA Championship. Most players will go through their entire career without ever experiencing those types of incidents. Johnson on the other hand, had to deal with two in one season.

Dustin Johnson could have easily thrown in the towel after the PGA Championship and said this year was a wash. However, he did just the opposite; he hung in there and kept fighting. He was humble in his responses and gracious with his time to be interviewed and answer some tough questions. David Feherty practically pulled him out of the shower at the PGA to interview him after the final round. Do you think Tiger would have been so gracious?  Let me think, AHH NO. Tiger would have politely declined and went on his way.

At a time when the “Golf Analysts” are constantly questioning “where are the Americans on the PGA Tour”, Dustin proves, the USA has a lot of young talent waiting to explode.

We should all be thankful that the USA has good, strong, humble, gracious young players like Dustin. Not only has he taught us how to deal with adversity this summer with grace. He also taught us to hang in there, keep fighting and you will eventually win. Given our current economic crisis in this country we could all pay head to that lesson and learn from it.  These are lessons we can all use in everyday life on and off the golf course.

Dustin now heads to the Ryder Cup with confidence and positive vibes. Interestingly enough, he beat Paul Casey at the end of the BMW Championship and Casey did not even make the European Ryder Cup team. HMMM, maybe Monty did overlook one of the hottest European players on tour.  Oh, by the way, Casey also is the 9th ranked player in the world.

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