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QUICK TAKE: Johnson Trying to Keep Tiger-Like Run Going

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson speaks to the media following his Masters withdrawal in April. REUTERS/Mike Segar

WILMINGTON, N.C. – If you think about it, Dustin Johnson hasn’t been beaten on the PGA Tour since early February.

That’s the way Johnson sees it, even though he’s been away from competition since March 26.


He won the Genesis Open near Los Angeles and two World Golf Championship events in his last three starts and now he’s back for the Wells Fargo Championship after withdrawing from the Masters after suffering a lower back injury on Wednesday before the tournament began.

Johnson slipped going down a stairway, injuring himself in the fall. An MRI showed no structural damage but Johnson missed The Masters while at the top of his game.

“Crazy things happen,” Johnson said. “The only time it was really tough was watching the tournament.”

Johnson has been hitting balls for a while now but said it was last Friday before he could make a full swing without feeling the injury. He is attempting to be the first player to win four straight starts since Tiger Woods won six in a row 2007-08.

“Those kinds of runs are like what we saw from Tiger for so many years where he just continued to perform at a high level every time he pegged it up,” Adam Scott said.

“If (Johnson) keeps it going, then he’s on track to being one of the greatest players that’s ever played because he’s got all the weapons.”

Because the PGA Championship will be played at the Quail Hollow Club in August, the Wells Fargo Championship has moved to Eagle Point Golf Club, a big, beautifully conditioned Tom Fazio design near the Intracoastal Waterway.

Its sprawling design would seem to play to Johnson’s many strengths but so far this season every course has fit him.

“Obviously I was on a good roll, playing the best golf of my career going into Augusta,” Johnson said. “I definitely had more time off than I would have liked.

“I still feel like I’m swinging well. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

 

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