CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Dustin Johnson perceived his appearance prize Tuesday afternoon during Carnoustie Golf Links.
He’s a usually actor in a margin during a 147th Open Championship to get one.
At a end of his pre-championship press conference, Johnson supposed a Mark H. McCormack Award for holding a No. 1 mark in a Official World Golf Ranking for a biggest series of weeks in 2017. It was a unequivocally good year.
He can’t contend a same for a stream season, yet he has won twice and has regained a No. 1 ranking after losing it to Justin Thomas for 4 weeks. But he also has engrossed several disappointments, including his third-place finish during final month’s U.S. Open during Shinnecock Hills when he led after any of a initial 3 rounds before Brooks Koepka overtook him. Johnson became a 10th actor in a championship’s story to reason a lead after each turn yet a final one.
Is his potion now half dull or full? Or does he even care? The man does take insouciance to an art form, after all.
“I’m kind of in a middle,” he said. “I feel like it’s left flattering well. we feel like I’ve played unequivocally well. I’ve played consistently well. To me, a usually partial of my diversion where we feel like I’m struggling a small bit is with a putter, yet we don’t feel like I’m struggling putting. we feel like I’m putting it good and rolling it good. we only haven’t unequivocally done a lot of putts. There’s been utterly a few tournaments where, if we only putt flattering good on a weekend, then, we know, we win.”
And a U.S. Open was one of those.
“I played good adequate to win. we didn’t putt good adequate on a weekend to win,” Johnson, 34, said. “You know, we didn’t feel like we was attack bad putts, yet we only wasn’t creation anything. You know, that’s golf.”
The golf thing is something Johnson has figured out. In his 11 stroke-play starts this season, he has finished no worse than T-17, that came during a Players. Winner of 18 PGA Tour titles, he leads his peers in a slew of categories: scoring (68.682 average), birdie average, par-4 scoring, par-5 scoring, strokes-gained/off a tee, strokes-gained/tee to immature and strokes gained-total.
Obviously, then, he’s been struggling on a greens. Well, not so much. Johnson is 18th in strokes gained/putting and seventh in putts per round. So, where’s a fissure in a armor? Well, he alluded to his U.S. Open finish, and certain enough, a South Carolina local is a rather walking 51st in fourth turn putting. From 10-20 feet, he languishes in a 150s in a rankings among 201 players.
Unfortunately, round distinguished competence not be as vicious as prior championships during Carnoustie, given a links are drier than an English wit. Fortunately, Johnson, who has 3 top-10s in 9 Open appearances, couldn’t caring less. While other players are considering how most they will suppress their drivers, Johnson intends to let lax on as many as half a holes. This is called personification to your strengths.
It’s what Johnson does best. What he doesn’t do quite good is strategize, yet he knows when to power in his game. But, then, does he unequivocally need to? He concluded that he is not prone to overanalyze. But he’s intelligent adequate to commend prudence, such as when he plays a brief par-4 third hole this week where he’ll opt for 7-iron off a tee.
But autopilot is his best option. He knows it.
“But that’s because we do put a work in so when I’m out personification we don’t have to consider about it,” he said. “I only play golf, have a good time.”
About that prize he supposed Tuesday; he wore a faraway laugh when he perceived it. Winning a claret jug, that would be a good time. His potion would seem a lot fuller.