Dustin Johnson hit one of the most insanely impressive drives we’ll ever see on the first playoff Sunday at The Northern Trust.
Seriously, a 341-yard bomb on an outlandish line right over a huge water hazard at Glen Oaks Club’s par-4 18th. We’re getting excited, let’s watch this again.
This left Johnson just 94 yards to the hole … on a 467-yard par 4. From there, he would smooth a wedge to 4 feet and birdie the hole to defeat Jordan Spieth, who hit a brilliant 315-yard drive but came nowhere close to what Johnson produced off the tee. Spieth’s drive was 25 yards shorter and on a way more conservative angle, leaving him 182 yards to the hole.
Apparently this struck a nerve with a few PGA Tour players. Ian Poulter was among those who took great umbrage with the 18th hole in the aftermath of the playoff.
He wasn’t alone. Wesley Bryan expounded a bit on Poulter’s complaint, noting the unfairness of a wide fairway at a greater distance and the huge discrepancy in difference in driving distance vs. difference in remaining yardage.
The discussion of the ball going too far is certainly not a new one in golf. And a fairway being that wide at a 310+ carry and actually a bit narrow 30 or so yards back doesn’t really make sense to us either.
Are these players raising fair points or is this sour grapes? It’s an interesting debate.