It’s been 80 days since Dustin Johnson played his last competitive round of golf — that was on Sunday, March 12, at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, where he placed a meh T35. That sounds like a long time even though it certainly doesn’t feel like it.
DJ was sidelined for the second time of the season — he missed a few tournaments in the beginning of the year due to knee surgery last November — when he suffered a back injury while trying to help a friend move a jetski just before the Masters, forcing him to withdraw (though he also missed Bay Hill two weeks previous, which is on his usual schedule). Nearly three months later at the Memorial Tournament, he felt admittedly “out of the routine,” causing him even to forget to unpack “some stuff, mainly belts.
After braving the holiday travel mayhem and flying cross-country to Seattle, I was looking forward to a home-cooked meal and some R&R. You know, it was a slow news day — the perfect kind to spend seven hours on a plane. But upon landing, I turned on my phone only to discover I’d missed watching one of those Twitter melodramas that call for microwave popcorn. I mean, it sure would have beat suffering through Zac Efron’s hack acting in Charlie St. Cloud!
On Thursday morning, the Open Champ tweeter spotted Tiger and former swing coach Butch Harmon hugging it out. (I love you, man!) At least that’s what it sounds like — I mean, did they talk and then hug, or hug and then talk? Because that makes a big difference. In the spirit of British tabloids and pure speculation, perhaps the two are trying to forgive and forget the mysterious reason why Tiger dumped Butch in the first place (subsequent fallout). Or they’re just two adults are happy to see each other because they’re over it.
While I was out of pocket as I wandered around Pebble Beach, apparently there was a new Tiger-sex-scandal-related item filed. Let me see if I can get this straight. According to The Sun, Neal Boulton, a journalist who alleges he helped Tiger hide his affair with alleged cougar mistress Theresa Rogers, alleges a TV documentary will allegedly uncover proof of Tiger’s alleged lovechild. Is that enough alleged evidence for you? Me too!
Who’s got dibs on asking Tiger about it in his presser at noon (on Tuesday)? Uh, yeah.