Even though he’s missed some big events (including the Masters) due to a back injury, Johnson is the top dog in the FedEx Cup Rankings and the money list.
In 11 events, Johnson has made the cut nine times, has won three times and has six top-10 finishes. Before his tumble down the stairs at Augusta, the lanky power hitter had won twice and had four top-three finishes in his last four events.
Since returning from his injury, we’ve seen a bit of mixed bag from Johnson. He came back with more heat, finishing in second place at the Wells Fargo Championship. Since then, however, we’ve seen Johnson just outside the top 10 at THE PLAYERS Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson, followed by a missed cut at the Memorial Tournament.
It’s really hard to know what to expect from Johnson this weekend. He broke through with his first career major last year at the 2016 U.S. Open, so nobody would be surprised if he ends up with a big-time performance again this year.
However, making things even more interesting, for the second major in a row there is a bit of uncertainty surrounding Johnson. His fiancée, Paulina Gretzky, has yet to deliver their son, who is expected to arrive soon. Because they are waiting for their baby to be delivered, Johnson has yet to arrive at Erin Hills as of Sunday.
We can’t think of a better way to cap off a momentous occasion like the arrival of your son like winning another major.