Dominated November’s Masters, holding at least a share of the lead after every round and eventually winning by five strokes with a tournament-best total of 268. That represented 20 under par, which equalled the major record of Jason Day and Henrik Stenson.
Johnson’s first major success came at the 2016 U.S. Open, where he started the final round four behind Shane Lowry and won by three even with a one-stroke penalty for his ball moving a fraction as he prepared to putt. He now returns to Sandwich, where he was joint runner-up behind Darren Clarke in 2011.
He also came second in the 2015 U.S. Open, three-putting the last to lose by one, plus the 2019 Masters and the 2019 and 2020 PGA Championships.
Johnson first led the world rankings in February 2017 and now has six World Golf Championship titles and 24 PGA Tour victories to his name. He might also have won the 2010 PGA Championship, leading on the final tee before being handed a two-stroke penalty for grounding his club in what was controversially deemed to be a bunker and not just a waste area.
He has four Ryder Cup caps and September’s Tour Championship success earned him the $15million FedEx Cup jackpot.