This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
For years, the prevailing thought was that losing majors in excruciating fashion time after time didn't really bother Dustin Johnson. The belief was that he was able to simply shrug it off, pack up the NetJet and move on to the next tournament.
Now, we know that that wasn't the case – or at least isn't the case anymore.
After running away with the 84th Masters, Johnson showed how much winning this major did matter to him. He finally proved it to all of us and – more importantly, as he said in the Augusta National interview room – to himself. He was so moved that in a separate interview with Amanda Balionis he could barely speak.
Winning can't possibly mean that much if losing means so little.
So he was either putting on a brave front all along or something changed at some point. Maybe he got tired of blowing big tournaments. We can all recite the list: Pebble Beach, Whistling Straits, Chambers Bay. We won't include Harding Park. Johnson played very well, but Collin Morikawa played better.
By all accounts, Johnson works harder now. Much harder. When you can roll out of bed and beat 99.99 percent of the world, maybe you don't think you have to go above and beyond. And there's a certain logic to that. However, his fiancee's father, Wayne Gretzky, played a large role in changing that mindset.
Don't discount the effect Johnson's younger brother/caddie, Austin Johnson, had as well. He has worked