Dustin Johnson: Winning the Masters is a 'dream come true'
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Former world number one Dustion Johnson has provided a simple explanation as to why some players do not succeed at the Ryder Cup – due to it being like any other golf tournament.
Johnson gave his straightforward explanation ahead of this week’s opening FedEx Cup play-off event at the Northern Trust.
The two-time major winner – who has appeared in four Ryder Cups – believes like any other tournament, players can have a bad day regardless of where they are playing and what they are playing for.
Johnson said: “Golf, as we all know, is a very frustrating and difficult game, But the Ryder Cup, it’s match play. It’s a lot different because you know you’re not out there just playing for yourself. You’re playing for, obviously, your teammates, your captains, your country. So it’s a little bit different of feelings out there.
“But as far as why people play good and some don’t, it’s a golf tournament pretty much. So we’re out there playing golf. It’s whichever guys have their game that week are the ones that are going to play well and win their matches.
“You’ve got to get a little lucky too because sometimes if you’re playing every match or four matches, most likely you’re going to be a little bit off in one of them, and that’s the one where you need, obviously, a little help from the other side.”
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The 37-year-old’s discussion on the biennial event comes a day after he secured qualification into USA’s team ahead of next month’s event at Whistling Straits, giving him his fifth appearance at the Ryder Cup.
Johnson was joined by Open champion Collin Morikawa in claiming the first two spots in Steve Stricker’s team, as it became impossible for them to finish outside the top six in the USA Ryder Cup standings with two week’s of qualifying left.
Before the former world number one can firmly set his sights on Whistling Straits though, Johnson’s next task at hand is the upcoming FedEx Cup play-offs across the next three weeks.
As a result, the American heads into this week’s opening event at Liberty National 13th in the rankings, meaning he has some work to do if he is to regain his FedEx Cup crown that he claimed last year.
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Despite not picking up a PGA Tour win this calendar year, the American will no doubt be backing himself heading into this week’s Northern Trust, a tournament he also won last campaign on route to his FedEx Cup title.
In spite of his recent woes, Johnson more than backs himself to be in contention across the three play-off events.
He commented: “It’s a lot closer to what it was last year… No matter how bad I’m playing, it only takes one shot here or one shot there where I get a nice feel and it turns everything around.”
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