Bob Gillespie



Home boy: Dustin Johnson promotes 2012 PGA Championship on Facebook, YouTube

Posted 1/8/2012 6:09:00 PM

When last we saw the PGA Tour’s Dustin Johnson, a Columbia native and former All-American at Coastal Carolina University, the world Top 10 star was coming oh-so-close in yet another major championship – in this case, the 2011 British Open. A year earlier, Johnson came within a poor closing round and a final-hole penalty of perhaps claiming both the 2010 U.S. Open and PGA Championships

But Johnson – like many of his fellow South Carolinians on Tour – is already looking forward to a “home-court advantage” when the 2012 PGA Championship comes to Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course in August. Not only that, but the five-time PGA Tour winner is using social media to both express his determination and call attention to his home state’s first men’s major championship.

In a recent Facebook post, Johnson (or, more likely, a member of his marketing team) wrote: “After a disappointing finish at the 2011 PGA Championship, Dustin Johnson looks to rebound in 2012 at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C. – Johnson’s home state.”

The entry also provides a link to a collection of YouTube videos about both the tournament and The Ocean Course. Included in the available videos are a promotional spot for the 2012 PGA, an video about The Ocean Course featuring architect Pete Dye, a commercial for ticket sales, and even several clips from the movie, “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” which starred Will Smith and Matt Damon and was shot at various site in the S.C. Lowcountry.

In fact, in the conclusion of the movie, Damon’s character battles legends Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen on a fictional golf course – and the 18th hole was created specifically for the movie on beachfront land now occupied by The Ocean Course’s driving range and clubhouse.

To view the videos, go to Dustin Johnson’s Facebook page, or click here.