Do you know what Rory McIlroy’s two major wins have in common?
Yes, they were decided by eight-shot margins. But there’s something else: Dustin Johnson played with McIlroy for the first two days in both.
Johnson was paired with McIlroy last June at Congressional before the world No. 1 took down U.S. Open scoring records en route to an eight-shot major breakthrough. A week ago, Johnson played with McIlroy for the first two days on Kiawah Island. The result: another eight-shot McIlroy win.
“I played with him the first two days; also played with him the first two days at the U.S. Open he won last year, too,” Johnson said Thursday, who finished T-23 and T-48 in those majors, respectively.
Told her was McIlroy’s good luck charm, he said, “I know.”
Johnson, who has won at least once in each of his five seasons on the PGA Tour, would like to be a major winner himself, but is happy to see players in their 20s, like Webb Simpson and Rory McIlroy, winning, as well as 33-year-old Bubba Watson.
“I would like to see especially young guys playing well, winning majors,” he said. “We need that. This year, we did pretty well. Webb won the U.S. Open. Bubba won the Masters. It was pretty cool. And then Rory winning the PGA. I think it was a good year for the young guys so far, we still have a lot of events left, and I would like to see some of the young guys stepping up.”