Johnson sees another promising major chance at Baltusrol

Wed Jul 27, 2016 3:51pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - While many players bemoan the short turnaround between the British Open and PGA Championship, jammed closer together to accommodate the Rio Olympics golf tournament, the implacable Dustin Johnson just rolls on.

The long-hitting, poker-faced American, who won last month's U.S. Open for his maiden major, is in a groove and welcomes the challenge posed by Baltusrol when the PGA Championship gets underway on Thursday.

"I'm feeling good. I've got a lot of confidence in the game. I feel like I've been playing really consistent all year," Johnson told reporters on Wednesday.

"I feel like every week I've gone out, I've had a chance to win. Right now I feel like everything is going pretty well."

Johnson tied for second at last week's Canadian Open for his sixth consecutive top 10 finish, a stretch that included back-to-back wins in the U.S. Open at Oakmont and the WGC-Bridgestone and a tie for ninth at the British Open.

The easy-going Californian, who will be grouped with Masters winner Danny Willett and British Open champion Henrik Stenson for the first two rounds, was unfazed about facing the year's last major just two weeks after Royal Troon.

"It's definitely different, playing so many majors pretty close together. But I don't know, I've done pretty well this year, so I kind of like it," he said.

Earlier this year Johnson also enjoyed four top-fives from five events including a tie for fourth at the Masters and a tie for fifth in the WGC-Dell Match Play.   Continued...

Jul 27, 2016; Springfield, NJ, USA; PGA golfer Dustin Johnson practices his putting during a practice round for the 2016 PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol GC - Lower Course. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports