LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dustin Johnson hasn’t played much golf since becoming the first American in more than 40 years to win all five of his matches in the Ryder Cup. He still remembers the basics.
“You try to keep it in the grass and not the desert,” he said Wednesday as he stood on the eighth tee at The Summit Club.
And then he pulled his tee shot into the rocks and desert bushes.
It was only a pro-am round for the CJ Cup at Summit, and Johnson is confident some of the best form he had all year at Whistling Straits is not about to leave him now.
But he is running out of time.
The CJ Cup, which has moved from its home in South Korea to Las Vegas for the second straight year because of the pandemic, might be the last PGA Tour event he plays this year. And that means his last chance to win on the PGA Tour, something Johnson has done all but one of the 14 years he’s been on the PGA Tour.
Rory McIlroy didn’t realize that until he sat down for breakfast with the world’s No. 2 player.
“I said, ‘Oh, are you going to start in Maui like you usually do?’ He said, ‘I’m not in,’” McIlroy said. “I was like, ‘Oh, sorry.’ There you go. DJ is the second-ranked player in the world and he didn’t win. It just shows you how tough it is.”
There is no additional sense of urgency with Johnson — there rarely is — though it’s another layer of motivation for him.
The year hasn’t been all bad. He won the Saudi International on the European Tour in early February. He went 5-0 at the Ryder Cup (his performance in the winning news conference might have been even better).
But he’s been eligible for the winners-only Sentry Tournament of Champions every year except for 2015. He has won it twice. And right now, he’s not in the field.
“That’s definitely something that I’ll always shoot for, and it’s a golf tournament that I always love playing,” Johnson said. “I feel like that’s a good start to the year if you’re playing in Maui.”
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