World Number one Dustin Johnson is in the midst of what can only be described as the best vein of form of his career. Having won four times on the PGA tour in 2017, Johnson has finished runner-up in two events this year, while winning one.
Johnson has been nearly untouchable at the top of the rankings of late but found himself floundering after the first two rounds at this week's Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in California.
Normally, the Genesis Open is rather a happy hunting ground for Johnson, who went into this year’s championship as the reigning champion having romped to victory in 2017
However, the 33-year-old had dropped way off the pace and sat 8 shots behind the leaders going into the third round and it looked certain that he would be relinquishing his title come Sunday evening.
Jonson though showed that a player of his calibre is never beaten when he - out of nowhere - delivered one of the finest rounds of his career as he soared up the standings to finish the day only four shots behind leader Bubba Watson.
Johnson showed the kind of steely determination that he is so commonly associated with throughout the day starting off with an incredible eagle and two birdies within the first five holes.
Johnson, however, gave an insight into his incredible mindset after revealing what he said to his caddy in the midst of his scintillating round.
“I knew making the turn, I looked over at [my caddie] and I said, We’ve got 27 holes to see how good we are,” he said.
“We can get back in this thing if we play really well.”
Remarkable when someone can make a claim like that and actually back it up - especially on a golf course! Johnson then went on to sign for a seven-under 64 having shot a blistering 29 on the front nine as he shifted through the gears with terrifying ease.
“I felt like I played just solid today, I had looks on most of the holes. Even the greens that I missed, they were just right on the fringe and they were fairly close to the hole.” said Johnson in the aftermath of his brilliant 18.
Just a solid effort then. Imagine how good he must have to play for him to feel he played well!
Johnson will now have to chase down Watson on the final day if he wishes to retain his title but has proven himself more than capable of doing so so far this week.