Brooklyn, Massachusetts – After a string of guys gave diplomatic – and perhaps insincere – answers to the same question on Friday, Dustin Johnson finally gave the answer one reporter was hoping to hear.
The question was whether the big names of golfers had heard about the lesser-known names that shared the leaderboard in the first two days of the US Open. And Johnson admitted he was like most golf enthusiasts watching at home.
“I mean, the only guy who’s been driving for a little while, he’s obviously playing really well,” said Johnson, who has been in the news more recently about his move to the LIV Golf Series than his playing. “But it’s the US Open, and there are a lot of different players here. But, yeah, it’s great to see.”
Moments later, Johnson confirmed that he was referring to M.J. Dafoe as “the guy who’s been driving for a little while.” Earlier that morning, Dafoe moved to level six underground and advanced three shots at one point. He even tried – and pulled – a ridiculous shot from a hospitality area behind the 14th hole. But a series of late fouls including a double bogey on 18 brought him back to one under.
However, it was an amazing first two days for the 33-year-old South African playing the best golf of his career. Currently at number four on the Korn Ferry Tour financials, Daffue has climbed to number 296 in the Official World Golf Ranking: It’s no surprise that DJ wasn’t aware of MJ’s accomplishments.
But he’s also not surprised to see someone like Dafoe competing at the US Open. At least that’s early in the tournament.
“Yes, it always happens here,” added Johnson, who enters the weekend trailing Dafoe by two shots. “Obviously, when Sunday comes, we’ll see what the leaderboard looks like.”