Dustin Johnson has simple plan in bid for US Open glory
World No1 looking to stay on a roll as he heads into season’s second major
Dustin Johnson is hoping his “caveman golf” style of play – see ball, hit ball, pick ball up and repeat – can help him cap a blistering run of form with a second US Open victory.
The 2016 winner is heading into the season’s second major at Winged Foot in confident mood after winning two of the three play-off events – he lost in extra holes to Jon Rahm in the other one – to claim the FedEx Cup for the first time.
On the back of that success, Johnson, below, has just been named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year and now the world No 1 is hoping he can stay on a roll for at least one more week.
“I’ve just put in a lot of good work,” said Johnson on his hot form, having been 30-under in winning the Northern Trust in Boston then 21-under as he added the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
“I spent a lot of time with Claude [Harmon, his coach] and my brother working on the putting and everything just seems to be clicking right now. The game is good, and it feels good, so I’m very pleased with it.”
Johnson’s win in this event came at Oakmont and he is relishing another tough test this week. “So far it seems very, very hard, one of the harder ones I’ve ever played,” he said of Winged Foot. “But it’s fair. There’s nothing real tricky about it. You’ve just got to hit good shots. The rough is not super deep, but you just can’t play out of it.
“I’ve been fortunate to play two really difficult golf courses the last couple weeks – Olympia Fields and East Lake. They’re both golf courses where you have to drive it in the fairway and, even then, it’s not that easy to get it close to the hole.
“We’ve been playing courses like that, so I’m kind of used to it. For me, it’s just pick whatever club I can get it in the fairway with and go with that and then go find it and hit it again.”
A message from the Editor:
Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.
With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.
Subscribe to scotsman.com and enjoy unlimited access to Scottish news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.u2swisshome.com/subscriptions now to sign up.
Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.
Want to join the conversation? Please or to comment on this article.