Dustin Johnson looks to re-write history at Whistling Straits

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Dustin Johnson is once again, topping the leaderboards at a major championship, thanks to a superb six under par round, of 66. Having been joined by David Lingmerth ever so briefly, but the Swede gave the American his overnight lead.

Johnson has been hovering around the top of the previous two major championships, having infamously three putting to give Jordan Spieth his second major title of the year.

However, this week is more than just 'getting over the line' and joining the major championship winner's circle.


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It was exactly five years ago, that the long hitting American was on course to win the PGA Championship, but come across trouble with the finish line in his sights.

Having lead the tournament and look set to finally break his 'major' duck, he was awarded a two shot penalty for grounding his club in what was apparently a bunker. This is despite the crowd trampling through, sitting on and messing up the 'bunker' all week long.

Without the penalty, he would have been in the playoff. If he hadn't been rattled, he may have holed the putt which would have won him the championship.

As a golf professional, if its not green, I never ground my club. It is just a habit I have got into and I know many more players like it. However DJ obviously wasn't one of them and nobody in that field would want redemption more than him.


If Johnson was to go on and win the PGA Championship this year, he would be part of something very special. In fact, if anyone who has the stars and stripes next to their name on the leaderboard, they will complete "All American Grand Slam" for the first time in 33 years.

Not since Raymond Floyd, Craig Stadler and a Tom Watson double in 1982, have the Americans taken a clean sweep of the major championships.

The last time the Americans hadn't won any of the majors was back in 1994 where it was only Olazabal who stopped an All African Grand Slam, with a brace from Nick Price and Ernie Els' US Open.

As long as McIlroy and Co. can avoid an upset on US soil, it seems that the history books will be re-written this weekend and prove Tony Jacklin right

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