Johnson confident this Players Championship will be different
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[May 11, 2017]
(Reuters) - Sterling play has
been a challenge for Dustin Johnson at The Players Championship, but
the American world number one is hoping this week's tournament will
be more indicative of his recent success.
"I think my game as a whole has gotten a lot better," Johnson, whose
previous best finish in eight starts at The Players has been a tie
for 28th, told a news conference in Ponte Vedra, Florida on
Three victories and a tie for second in his last four starts have
given the big hitter plenty of confidence, but he admitted TPC
Sawgrass, where accuracy off the tee is often more important than
length, will be a challenge.
"I haven't had a lot of success around here, so it's definitely a
challenge for me," Johnson said. "But I feel like if I'm going to
play well here, this is the time.
"Everything throughout my whole game is in really good form right
Johnson rebounded from an unlucky fall that ruled him out of the
Masters to tie for second in last week's Wells Fargo Championship,
coming on strong over the last 36 holes after barely making the
His confidence -- and game -- are continuing to improve, Johnson
said, as he prepares to face Masters winner Sergio Garcia, newlywed
Rory McIlroy and defending champion Jason Day.
"I played a lot better on the weekend," Johnson said. "I've had a
couple good practice days the last two days, so I'm excited to get
the tournament started."
But Johnson, who has only broken 70 twice in 26 rounds at TPC
Sawgrass, knows the Florida layout can challenge the best.
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Dustin Johnson hits out of the third fairway during the final round
of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Eagle Point Golf
Club. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
While a couple of holes have been lengthened since last year, the
course still favors precision over power, especially when conditions
are firm, as they were on tournament eve.
"This golf course is tough," he said. "You've got to have all facets
of your game working if you want to contend around here.
"You've got to be doing everything well because you've got to hit
all kinds of different shots, every club in your bag, and you've got
to really control your golf ball."
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by
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