Monday, February 16, 2009

Easy Money. More Respect?

Normally, you don’t hear much about a professional golfer’s criminal past, as it usually doesn’t exist or in this case, rear its ugly head.

But in the case of Dustin Johnson, perhaps time has healed the wounds.

After inclement weather forced officials to cancel the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the 24 year-old Johnson (the leader after 54 holes) was declared the winner, notching his 2nd career tour victory.

But it can be argued that Johnson’s victories may have been easier to obtain than his freedom.

In 2001, he was caught up in a burglary/murder in his home state of South Carolina. Johnson was 16 years old at the time and was intimidated by his brother’s friend, Steve Gillian, who coerced Johnson and four others to aid him in his crime spree.

Johnson ended up testifying against Gillian (now serving a life term in prison) and was forced to pay restitution for the burglary.

The editors at IB18 are happy to see that Johnson’s career is on the up-and-up and hopes that his success on Tour continues… for it’s hard to focus on making birdies when you’re a prison punk.

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