AUGUSTA, Ga. — Rain has malleable Augusta National a bit some-more than a contest directors would like, though Dustin Johnson doesn’t consider it will make a march play any easier when a initial turn of a 83rd Masters gets underway on Thursday.
“I’ve played a march all opposite ways,” Johnson pronounced this week. “It doesn’t matter. If we play good, you’re going to fire a good measure either it’s organisation and quick or if it’s soft. You’ve still got to strike unequivocally good golf shots.”
Johnson’s supernatural length off a tee would seem to give a 2016 U.S. Open champion an advantage. It competence on many courses. But Augusta National’s categorical invulnerability is a contoured greens, creation a second shot some-more critical than a first.
“Obviously when it’s unequivocally organisation and quick and there’s some wind, it creates it really difficult,” Johnson said, “because a greens get really tricky. When they are a small softer, we have longer clubs in. But we can reason a greens a small bit easier. It’s still going to play sincerely formidable since it’s so long.”
His best finish during a Masters was a tie for fourth in 2016. A year later, he was a betting favorite, though missed a contest when he slipped and harmed his behind a night before a initial round. He tied for 10th final year. A 20-time leader on Tour and former No. 1 in a world, Johnson is staid to contend for a immature jacket.
“I mean, it all feels flattering good,” Johnson said. “For me, a biggest partial of my diversion is going to be a brief game. Especially around here, we have to chip and putt it good if you’re going to have a good week.”
Augusta National should dry out sincerely fast unless it gets some-more sleet after play concludes Thursday. Additional sleet is in a foresee for a residue of a weekend. Johnson is prepared for anything.
“I feel like a diversion is in really good form right now,” he said. “For me, it’s all going to be adult to my putting. we like these greens. They have a lot of slope in them. we like to see a round breaking. I’m gentle on a greens. we consider if we can hurl it well, we consider I’ll be right there come Sunday.”
Some competence advise Johnson, 34, is a bit of a underachiever, carrying won only one vital championship. He doesn’t disagree a point.
“I would have really favourite to have won a integrate more,” he said. “I’ve had some really good opportunities that we didn’t gain on. Whether it’s unhappy or frustrated, one of those would be OK to report that. But we mean, it’s golf. The game’s really frustrating and unsatisfactory during times. But we consider I’m happy with my career so far.”