The mystery of why Dustin Johnson vanished from the PGA Tour at the end of the 2015 season remains a mystery for water coolers and sports bars. The question of whether his game vanished along with it was answered time and again during an impressive 2015 season
Just a few weeks after his son was born, he returned to the PGA Tour after a five-month layoff. In 21 events, he recorded one win, two runner-ups, 11 top 10 finishes and 13 top 25 finishes.
After missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, he went on a great run, fourth at Pebble Beach, second at the Northern Trust Open, a huge win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, tied for sixth at the Valero Texas Open and again at the Masters Tournament.
He missed out on his chance for a Major at the US Open, but didn’t let it get him down as he finished tied for seventh at the PGA Championship, ninth at the Barclays, seventh at the BMW Championship, and fifth at the TOUR Championship.
With a full focused off-season, a running start to the 2016 season, and still only 31, Johnson is a legitimate threat not only to win a Major in 2016, but also to move into the top 5 from his current spot at eighth.