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Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson: Will be playing in his second Ryder Cup

Dustin Johnson: Will be playing in his second Ryder Cup

Biography

Described by captain Davis Love as "probably the best athlete on the team" Johnson's long-hitting game is said to be perfect for Medinah.

Fact Box

  • Johnson's highest place in the world rankings is fourth, a spot reached after his win in the 2010 BMW Championship.
  • His grandfather Art Whisnant played basketball at South Carolina and was a three-time all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in the early 1960s.
  • Johnson can dunk a basketball and could palm a basketball as a seventh grader.

That ability to crush it off the tee allied to some excellent form in the play-offs - third at The Barclays, fourth at the Deutsche bank - secured DJ his wildcard spot when it looked for a time as if he could miss out.

And since his pick he's stayed hot with a sixth place in the BMW.

Johnson is one of a group of new young stars on the US Tour but what separates him from the pack is his ability to rack up wins. He has six of them already, the first in 2008 and the most recent in June's St Jude Classic.

He's flirted with major victories too, giving himself strong chances in the 2010 US Open and USPGA and also at the 2011 Open when he finished joint-second behind Darren Clarke.

Johnson's Ryder Cup debut came two years ago at Celtic Manor but it wasn't a happy one.

He lost twice in tandem with Phil Mickelson, a regular practice partner, and was also beaten when given the steadier hand of Jim Furyk.

However, the singles was a different story as he demolished Martin Kaymer 6&4.

Johnson has been a winner with the US Palmer Cup, Walker Cup and Presidents Cup teams so a Ryder Cup victory would complete the set.