KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina (Reuters) – World primary Dustin Johnson on Wednesday declared himself absolutely match forward of this week’s PGA Championship at Kiawah Island after sitting out the ultimate tune-up occasion with knee discomfort.
The South Carolina native, a PGA Championship runner-up in every of the final two years, has not been in the very best of type of late however prompt his knee wouldn’t be a problem as he chases a significant title in his house state.
“Yeah, health is good,” Johnson mentioned in his pre-tournament information convention at Kiawah Island, the place first-round motion begins on Thursday on the Ocean Course.
“I just wanted to spend more time on making sure I was feeling 100% for this week and done a lot of work at home, and yeah, I feel really good coming into this week.”
Johnson, who had arthroscopic surgical procedure in 2019 to restore cartilage injury, mentioned the newest emotions of knee discomfort had been “off and on” for the final six months.
The long-hitting American, who gained final November’s Masters however missed the lower in his title defence at Augusta National in April, additionally mentioned an MRI confirmed all the pieces was effective.
“Just got together with the doctor and physio down there that I use for my rehab and just put together a little bit of a plan to get a little bit stronger,” mentioned Johnson. “Yeah, it feels good, though.”
Johnson, who completed forty eighth when the PGA Championship was final held at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course in 2012, mentioned the format will present a tricky take a look at because it requires golfers to hit lengthy golf equipment into exhausting greens amid swirling winds.
Johnson has not posted a top-10 end on the PGA Tour since February and whereas he mentioned his knee was partly accountable for that drop in kind he stays filled with confidence as he chases a 3rd profession main title.
“I feel like it’s been close the past few months,” Johnson mentioned of his recreation. “Just haven’t put it all together at the same time. But everything feels really good right now. I’ve got a lot of confidence coming into this week.”
(Reporting by Andrew Both; Writing by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Toby Davis)