Johnson Has What it Takes
Dustin Johnson is not a man who takes too long to mull over disappointments.
Just four weeks after three-putting the last hole to lose the US Open to Jordan Spieth, the big-hitting American has arrived at the 144th Open Championship with that disappointment pushed very much to the back of his mind
“I was a little bit frustrated, a little disappointed, but it was still a good week. I was happy with the way I played and the way I handled myself down the last few holes. I thought I hit the shots I was supposed to hit.
“You know I did everything I was supposed to so it wasn’t too difficult to get over,” he added. “That night Paulina, Tatum, my brother and a few others made the short flight over to Coeur d’Alene in Idaho and just hung with friends and family. It was nice.”
In truth, Johnson has every right to be optimistic as he looks forward to the first two rounds of The Open in the company of Spieth and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama. He has already accumulated two second place and nine top-10 finishes in the Majors and in his last five starts in golf’s biggest events he has finished sixth or better on no less than three occasions.
“I think it’s very good, very positive,” he suggested. “It gives me the confidence to know I have what it takes to win. I think I showed that at the US Open. Coming down the back nine, I was hitting the shots I wanted to hit. Unfortunately, the ball wasn’t bouncing into the hole. You know, I believe I’ve got what it takes, so I’m excited to get this week started.
“I always enjoy coming over and playing in The Open,” he added. “I played well here in 2010 and then played the Dunhill a couple of times so I’ve got quite a few rounds out here. Like any Open, it depends on the wind. If the wind blows, it’s going to play difficult. If not, we’ll be able to make lots of birdies because the course is in great shape.”