Dustin Johnson, uninformed off a stunning T2 finish after losing a lead in Sunday’s Pebble Beach finale, heads this week to Riviera Country Club and a initial of 3 true pretension defenses heading adult to the Masters, as good as a intensity showdown with tourney horde Tiger Woods.
“Absolutely,” a world’s No. 1 golfer would like to go head-to-head with Woods with all on a line on Sunday during a Genesis Open, Johnson told SB Nation during a Monday phone interview.
“I usually don’t know if he wants to see that,” Johnson jokingly combined about Woods, who will be creation his second central PGA Tour start after returning to foe 3 weeks ago following mixed behind surgeries. “It would be good for TV, good for everybody, and a lot of fun.”
Woods will have to seaside adult his play off a tee if he’s to have any possibility of contending, let alone battling Johnson down a stretch. Though Woods played his initial debate event as a 16-year-old pledge during Riviera, it’s a lane on that he has never won. Indeed, with his initial top-20 outcome given 2015 within strech during a Farmers Insurance Open, Woods had to settle for a share of 23rd place, interjection mostly to drives that found usually 17 of 56 fairways all week during Torrey Pines.
Johnson, who likely Woods would make a cut this week, took note of a pushing woes.
“He looked to be in good form in San Diego, yet he could have driven it a hair straighter,” pronounced a leader of 17 debate events, including a 2016 U.S.Open. “The rest of his diversion looked flattering good and he’ll figure out a driver.”
Johnson, for his part, is bullish on his possess skills, notwithstanding unwell to hang adult a feat for a seventh time in 12 tries when entering a final turn with a share of a 54-hole lead or better, according to a Associated Press. He blamed being “a small off” with his wedges, a few putts early in a turn that “just burnt a edges,” and removing held in between clubs for most of a day for entrance adult short.
“I got a small undone that we didn’t win since we felt like we should have,” pronounced Johnson. “Even with not carrying my best stuff, we felt like we still should have been a lot closer.”
Johnson chalked adult losing to journeyman Ted Potter Jr. by 3 shots as “just one of those days” when things weren’t going his way.
Even so, Johnson, who kicked off his 2018 debate with an eight-shot win during a tour’s initial competition of a new year, a Tournament of Champions, believes his diversion is in “really good form,” that should send shudders by a ranks.
His colleagues positively remember Johnson was personification a best golf of his career — with those 3 wins during a Genesis and a dual WGC tilts (the Mexico Championship and Match Play) — before spiteful his behind and carrying to withdraw from final year’s Masters.
“That was really a bummer,” he pronounced about a tumble down some stairs that forced his WD.
Johnson pronounced he was vehement to get behind to Augusta, though initial things first.
“I’ve got 3 tournaments in a quarrel where I’m fortifying a title,” he noted. “I’ll start worrying about Augusta a week after compare play ends.”
In a meantime, a new orator for BodyArmor spent Monday in Los Angeles sharpened a commercial, and was looking brazen to drifting underneath a radar during this week’s clash.
“Tiger hasn’t played in such a prolonged time so he’ll apparently get a lot of attention,” pronounced Johnson. “It takes a vigour off me.”