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Dustin Johnson: His golf game and easy smile speak volumes

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Dustin Johnson is not one for many words, and he really doesn’t need to say much.

The easy smile behind the beard says it all.

If winning the U.S. Open champion wasn’t enough, Johnson added his third World Golf Championship on Sunday, the first time he has won back to back.

His U.S. Open title was popular because of the hard times he had to confront in the majors and the confusion he had to face from the USGA for not making up its mind about a penalty on the back nine at Oakmont. And because Johnson is simply fun to watch and be around.

He was loose all week at Firestone.

During the opening round Thursday, he checked a reporter’s phone for the score in the deciding game of the College World Series. His alma mater, Coastal Carolina, won the school’s first national title. Does that lessen his chances to be alum of the year? Johnson laughed and said, “Bro, I couldn’t care less.”

He is the U.S. Open champion and couldn’t be happier.

Paulina Gretzky, his fiancee and the daughter of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, had to leave Friday and Johnson kept their 18-month-old son, Tatum, with him in Ohio (with help from a nanny). Cameras caught him…

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