‘If I put myself in a position come Sunday… I like my chances’: World No 1 Dustin Johnson believes he is in the best form of his career as he hunts second major at the Masters this week
- Dustin Johnson returned at last week’s Houston Open after 11 days in isolation
- The world number one received a positive coronavirus test in October
- But the 36-year-old is full of confidence heading into the Masters this week
- He is looking to win the Green Jacket this week and add to his sole major title
World number one Dustin Johnson believes he is in the best form of his career ahead of the Masters as he seeks a second major title.
After being confined to his hotel room for 11 days following a positive test for Covid-19 in October, Johnson returned to action with a tie for second in last week’s Houston Open.
That was the 36-year-old’s sixth consecutive top-six finish and the 2016 US Open champion is rightly among the favourites for the year’s final major at Augusta National, where he finished in a tie for second behind Tiger Woods last year.
World number one Dustin Johnson is one of the favourites for the Masters starting on Thursday
Johnson, with Rory McIlroy (above), is full of confidence heading into the final major of 2020
‘I feel like I’m playing really, really well,’ Johnson said. ‘It’s probably the best I’ve played in my career, yeah, but it’s more consistent.
‘I feel like there’s still a lot of room for improvement, but it’s very consistent as far as day in and day out, my shot shape, my flight and controlling my distance. I’ve put in a lot of work on especially the wedges, being able to control my distance with wedges.’
Johnson has won twice this season and famously recorded three consecutive victories in the build-up to the 2017 Masters, only to be forced to withdraw minutes before the start of his first round after suffering a back injury in a fall at his rented house on Wednesday afternoon.
Asked to compare his form now to 2017, Johnson added: ‘I would say it’s really similar. Very similar.
The 36-year-old says his current form is ‘similar’ to that of 2017, when he had to withdraw
‘Obviously I was playing great coming into the Masters in ’17, coming off three wins in a row. They weren’t back-to-back weeks, but three starts in a row I won. Yeah, the game was in really good form. But I think it’s really similar to what it was then.’
Johnson held a one-shot lead after 54 holes of the US PGA Championship in August and carded a closing 68, but had to settle for a share of second place after Collin Morikawa’s superb final round of 64.
Numerous other chances to win major titles have also gone begging and, as a native of nearby South Carolina, Johnson would love nothing more than putting that right in Georgia.
Johnson has had chances to win more majors but is hoping it all comes together in Georgia
‘Of course I would love to win a lot more majors. I’d like to get my second one first, but then, you know, add on to that,’ he added.
‘I feel like if I can put myself in position come Sunday I like my chances, but we’ve got to get there first. I’ve still got a lot more years ahead of me, so I’m not really too stressed about it.
‘Growing up as a kid, being only about an hour way from here, on the putting green, hitting chips or putts, it was always to win the Masters. Because it was so close it was a tournament that everybody dreamed about winning.’
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