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So you want to be the next big thing? The avatar of tomorrow's game? Hit the ball a mile, chip with the precision of a watchmaker, drop putts like a pool shark running the table? What would that look like? Whom would you model yourself after? Try Dustin Johnson.
At 27, Johnson has five PGA Tour wins, the most of any player under 30. His grandfather and younger brother played college basketball. Dustin probably could have too. Instead he took up golf. A jock with a staff bag. He's long, averaging more than 306 yards a tee shot (seventh best on Tour), putts well in streaks and led the Tour in par-4 birdie average last year. Although he has suffered some major heartbreaks (2010 U.S. Open and PGA Championship and the '11 British in particular), it seems inevitable that he will eventually hoist one of the game's biggest trophies.
But representing the next generation is about more than style of play, it's about style. Here's how DJ wears it.
Soul patch, to indicate Gen Y style and individuality
DJ fitted, a custom look he requested based on MLB caps
Large enough that he could palm a basketball in seventh grade