"I can go back and really tear this golf course up".
"My main focus was my mother, and now that's kind of taken care of, I'm starting to get all my touch and feels back in my swing. It's a lot of fun". Earlier this year, Clemson captured the NCAA football title, and Johnson's alma mater (Coastal Carolina) won the 2016 NCAA baseball title. Others have certainly taken note of his play, however.
"I mean, golf, it's a amusing game", the US Open champion said.
It's a good thing for Rory McIlroy that he's coming in to this event under the radar a little.
Butch Harmon looks ahead to the opening men's major of the year and assesses the form of Dustin Johnson ahead of Augusta.
Spieth's 2015 victory here holds a special place in his heart as his first major championship.
Last year, Johnson was in contention late Sunday, but his chances were partly undone by his inability to make putts for birdie down the stretch.
"I think it's become more instinctive and more intuitive for me to just know where the pins are that I'm going to play a certain way", explained Mickelson.
Calmness is unfortunately not in the weather forecast, with winds of around 30mph predicted for the first two days which could favour the big hitters such as McIlroy, Johnson and Spain's Jon Rahm. He has made 86 percent of his putts inside 10 feet. This tournament on the PGA Tour is like no other.
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Spieth seems to be in a good frame of mind as he enters his fourth career Masters.
Jordan Spieth is also one of the favorites at +800, and he is the only golfer with odds of less than +2800 that has actually won a green jacket.
"It s a amusing game", Johnson said. "You're going to have to be careful where you hit it and try to make pars". Same goes for this week. "Going into the tournament, I had no expectations about winning, at all. but I would say Phil is far better prepared than I am from playing".
From what I understand, it's going to blow 25-30 miles per hour at times this week, with gusts perhaps up to 40, which I don't know will be enough to move balls on the greens or not.
Johnson does at least have the advantage of being in the final group out on Thursday at 2.03pm local time.
Armed with the added confidence that comes with being a former Masters champion and having Steve Williams on his bag again, Adam Scott has revealed his comfort level at Augusta National has reached an all-time high on the eve of his bid for a second green jacket.
McGirt, who will be making his fifth major appearance when he tees it up Thursday at 11:07 a.m. with Rod Pampling, punched his ticket to Augusta with a win last season at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial tournament.
Luck, who will play with defending champion Danny Willett in Thursday's opening round, is the world number one amateur, having qualified to play Augusta with victories at the U.S. and Asia Pacific Amateur Championships.