HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Dustin Johnson’s reign as Masters champion was the shortest on document when he had to leave his inexperienced jacket at Augusta National after lacking the lower because the defending champion final week.
With rounds of 74-75, Johnson missed the weekend by two pictures simply 5 months after his record-destroying triumph within the November Masters wherein he turned the one participant in event historical past to attain and end at 20 beneath.
Instead of creating a spirited title protection the ultimate two rounds, Johnson was left solely to assist Hideki Matsuyama slip on the inexperienced jacket Sunday night.
“I would have liked to have kept it, but I’ve got one, so it still felt good,” Johnson stated Wednesday forward of Thursday’s begin of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. “And obviously very happy for Hideki. He played great. I think it’s great for golf. It’s great for him.
“It was definitely neat to be a part of the ceremony, and I enjoyed being their champion for five months. I don’t care how long it was for, it’s still cool. I’m always going to be a Masters champion.”
No longer in possession of the coveted inexperienced jacket, the world No. 1 is eyeing a unique sports activities coat – the purple plaid quantity that goes to the winner this week. If he’s to add to his wardrobe, he has to deal with what ailed him at Augusta.
“The game is OK. Obviously last week I really struggled with the putting, so I’m putting in a lot of work this week on it,” he stated. “Probably the worst I’ve putted in a long time.”
That’s an correct assertion – Johnson had two three-putts within the first spherical and 4 three-putts within the second spherical.
“It was disappointing,” Johnson stated of not placing up a greater protection of his title. “Thursday was tough. But still, a couple three-putts on Thursday and then double the last hole, even though I kind of got it around pretty well.
“And then the same thing on Friday; I played good enough to shoot a good score. You’ve got to hole putts if you want to play well, and I did not do that. I had four three-putts on Friday and missed the cut by a couple. Hit it in the water on 15, felt like I hit a really good shot there.
“You take those away and I’m right in the mix starting the weekend.”
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Johnson has labored on his setup – he stated it was just a little funky at Augusta – and his velocity on the greens since arriving at Harbour Town.
“I got it fixed,” he stated. “It’s better, feels better, a lot more comfortable. I put in some work, but that was kind of the big issue last week. Other than that, I feel like the game is in pretty good form.”
And he seems like he’s within the excellent place to flip round his non-Dustin Johnson like type of late. Since he returned from the Middle East after winning the Saudi International in February, the reigning FedEx Cup champion has only one top-10 in 5 begins, his missed lower within the Masters and three finishes outdoors the highest 25.
At Harbour Town, he’s completed in ties for 16th, 17th and 28th the final three years.
“I love playing this event,” he stated. “I think it’s a great golf course. It’s always in good shape, and it’s a tough course, too, so you know you don’t have to shoot real low, which I like.
“You use every club in your bag. You’ve got to hit all different types of shots. You’ve got to shape it around here. It’s treelined. You just really have to golf your ball. Small greens. You hit a lot of greens you’re going to play well.”
If you putt nicely on them, that’s.