Uh, O.K. But three months ago Johnson united with Joe LaCava, the old-school, no-nonsense caddie who, thanks to two decades as Fred Couples's bagman, knows how to push the buttons of a laid-back, vastly talented underachiever. At 8 a.m. on Monday of Barclays week Johnson was grinding on the practice putting green, and he holed a series of must-make putts during his Saturday dogfight with Kuchar. Johnson again went out in 29 to take the lead, and Kuchar eventually cracked in the face of such an onslaught. Johnson slammed the door at the captivating finishing hole, a 285-yard uphill par-4, by smashing his drive just off the back of the green—with a three-wood. "If you could have any one attribute as a golfer, you would want to drive it like Dustin Johnson," said Kuchar, typically classy in defeat. "You would want to hit it that far and that accurate. From there, golf gets a whole lot easier."
Johnson's fifth career victory gives him more than any other player in his 20s, including the would-be boy king, Rory McIlroy. In a week dominated by the weather, this Barclays was a reminder that Johnson, too, can be a force of nature.