Golf: Johnson's form could be U.S. trump card - North

Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:43pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Dustin Johnson's "ridiculous" ability to overpower golf courses with his length and precision could be the key to American Ryder Cup glory this week, according to twice U.S. Open winner Andy North.

The 32-year-old Johnson is ranked second in the world behind Australian Jason Day having won three PGA Tour events this season.

He secured his first major championship victory in the U.S. Open at Oakmont in June and has been a model of consistency all year, accumulating 15 top-10 finishes in 22 tournaments.

Europe's talisman Rory McIlroy may have landed Tour Championship and FedExCup series honors in Atlanta on Sunday but North believes his fellow countryman is as good as anyone in the game at the moment.

"Dustin is one good reason why I feel like the United States are the favorites," the ESPN analyst told Reuters in an interview.

"He wasn't on the U.S. team two years ago and he's a powerful player who is playing some of the best golf he's ever played."

North, who made one appearance in the biennial team event when the Americans lost for the first time in 28 years at The Belfry in 1985, said Johnson was as accurate off the tee as he was long.

"It's not just about length with Dustin, he's very, very straight too," the 66-year-old explained.   Continued...

Sep 25, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Dustin Johnson lines up his putt on the fifteenth hole during the final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports