"I don't know", Johnson said. He made no secret of that fact, either, in endorsing the confidence which has been justified by such a successful baptism in the professional game. "But I was able to hang in there".
"Being the number one player in the world kind of drives me to work harder and to get better". "The Masters is always a tournament that I look forward to every year".
If there was any doubt as to who the favourite was heading into Augusta, it was put to rest on Sunday as Dustin Johnson won his third consecutive start and second straight World Golf Championship event. He won the Nicklaus (player of the year), Palmer (money list) and Nelson (scoring average) awards on the PGA Tour in 2016 in what he called his "dream season". I three-putted 10. That was about the only hole I gave him.
"Absolutely", said Butch Harmon, Johnson's current swing coach who also worked with Woods from '93 to '03, when asked if the comparison is fair. After repeated fumbled major opportunities at Pebble Beach, Whistling Straits, Royal St. George's and Chambers Bay, Johnson once again found himself at the front of the hunt on Sunday at Oakmont.
Despite the final hole mishap, Rahm has enjoyed a stunning start to 2017, his approach to the game earning comparisons with his countryman Seve Ballesteros. He'd been cleared of wrongdoing by playing partner Lee Westwood and the walking rules official, but not in the judgment of those watching TV replays.
Rahm, 3-down with four holes left, came to life, winning the par-four 15th with a birdie before taking the par-five 16th with another birdie, sinking a 30-footer after an astonishing second shot from the rough that he somehow threaded through an oak tree. I feel like there will be some more to do it. "There's still a lot of room for improvement in my game so I'm gonna just keep working on it". But I'll probably - I'll get there Tuesday night, I would imagine, if I'm going to go.
"I don't know; ask me that in the morning when I wake up", he said.
Be sure, he is the next big thing. "He is a great player and with all that potential is going to be a great player for a long time".
It's just getting harder to find a candidate to stop him. But I believe in my ability. Yet Rahm displayed the tenacity which served him so well all week by holing from off the green at the 7th before winning both the 9th and 10th to keep Johnson just about within view. "And I think maybe he was a little exhausted as well as I was".
That makes him the first player to capture all four World Golf Championships. The last few years, Woods has not been eligible, and he skipped it twice when he was. He rallied with birdies at Nos.
That hole was most notable for the ridiculous distance of the two drives.
Rahm's comeback bid fell short when he was unable to birdie the 18th hole to extend the match.
"Even missed quite a few short ones, not necessarily bad putts, just burning the edges". "Unfortunately for me, I had the hottest player on earth". "It was just like, 'Wow!' I just hit in the fairway and I hit it right at the flag and tapped it in". "I didn't miss a shot".
The 32-year-old American's second WGC success of this year means he has completed the clean sweep of the elite events regarded as second only to the Majors in prominence. Whether he can get away with some mediocre putting at Augusta is another matter.
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