DUSTIN Johnson may have put on a phenomenal display of golf at the BMW Championship last week, but the world No.2 drew more attention for his “gobsmacking and gob-emptying” spitting habit then his 23-under par total.
During his victory at the third event of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the reigning US Open champion drew the ire of Telegraph on Wednesday golf correspondent James Corrigan, who penned a furious column in which he claimed DJ was in danger of transforming from “the game’s biggest hitter” to “the game’s biggest spitter.”
— Alan Bau (@alanbau) July 19, 2015
The 32-year-old heads into the FedEx Cup final – the Tour Championship – leading the season-long points race with good chance of locking up the $10 million ($AU 13 million) cash bonus, but Corrigan believes the bomber has an an “issue that needs sorting out”.
“After Sunday’s gobsmacking and gob-emptying performance in Indiana, the world No 2’s reputation as the game’s biggest hitter is in danger of being updated to ‘biggest spitter’ as well,” he wrote.
“It is a shame that so many viewers’ enjoyment of the latest Johnson masterclass was marred by a feeling of disgust, as the languid American repeatedly expectorated.
“Granted, golf has bigger problems with its image at the moment, from slow play to the unwelcoming nature of some of the more high-profile clubs, but still, this is an issue that needs sorting out.”
But Corrigan wasn’t the only fan appalled by Johnson’s habit:
Someone @pgatour please tell Dustin Johnson to stop spitting. Not gentlemanly golf conduct at all
— Arthur MacMillan (@arthurmacmillan) September 11, 2016
I wish Dustin Johnson would spit more, I just can't get enough of his vile habit. #OpenChampionship
— Rob (@Berty23) July 17, 2015