Dispatches from the Sporting World
(Carmel, IN)—Dustin Johnson is on the 16th green putting, two balls going at once, along with his caddie, who serves as the rebounder.
Johnson is putting towards a marker placed into the green, but to the casual onlooker, it looks like he’s just putting up a slope totally opposite of the hole location for Wednesday’s Pro-Am at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, site of the BMW Championship,
Johnson wants to test the break, slope, read and all that good stuff for the probable hole locations this week. This is pro golf and it’s kinda a big deal and those who engage in this profession are kinda serious about winning.
Johnson is driven, really driven. On an earlier hole he’s letting his caddie, his brother Austin Johnson, know something he didn’t like in no uncertain terms. It’s a pro-am but these guys are intense, focused competitors.
Dustin Johnson is an intense competitor focused on winning this week’s BMW Championship like never before.
Rory McIlroy is a couple fairways away, absolutely smashing his driver off the tee, with perhaps a sterling example of force created by sheer torque, is just as focused, just as driven and motivated, and oozing with golf talent.
Patrick Reed, intense and super ready to win the BMW Championship.
Jason Day keeps it light, but no one is more driven to succeed and dominate the world of professional golf.
Adam Scott is an intense golf competitor paying attention to every detail.
Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia might be a little more loose but none the less, no bigger lion exists within the minds and hearts of those two legendary golfers as they prepare for yet another week on the PGA Tour.
This place is teeming with golf talent. And they’re all capable of winning it here.
Of course so are the other 60 or so professional golfers here this week.
The popular pick is Rory McIlroy, coming off Sunday’s win at the Deutsche Bank Championship. McIlroy appears to be at ease but super focused, the kind of combination to bodes well for championship golf. People seemed convinced a change in putters has given McIlroy new life atop the golf world.
Mcllroy also won this same tournament here in 2012.
“Every time I stepped on to a tee box this morning, every single hole came back to me,” the 27-year old, who is ranked third in the world, said Wednesday.
Patrick Reed is No. 1 in the FedEx Cup Standings, the PGA Tour’s season long points system. He’s also a popular pick.
He’s not the sort to concede the value of a win this week.
“Because I’m just playing each event like I normally do, just trying to take care of business and get the win,” Reed said Wednesday.
“Because if you do that, that just takes care of everything else.”