Johnson: Baltusrol course suits my game


Dustin Johnson thinks the layout of the Baltusrol course gives him a chance of winning his second major at the US PGA Championship this week.

The world number two was crowned U.S. Open champion last month and has since won the Bridgestone Invitational.

Johnson also finished in a tie for ninth at The Open Championship and joint-second in the Canadian Open last week.

The 32-year-old, who could replace Jason Day at the top of the rankings after the upcoming tournament, feels he can challenge at the top of the leaderboard yet again at the final major of the year.

He said on Wednesday: "I'm feeling good. I've got a lot of confidence in the game. I feel like I've been playing really consistent all year. I feel like every week I've gone out, I've had a chance to win.

"Right now, I feel like everything is going pretty well. I feel like I'm driving it good. I'm hitting my irons good.

"My wedge game has really improved. I think that's probably the biggest difference this year than years past, is my wedge game, it's a lot sharper. I've got a lot more control with my wedges. I think that's the big difference for me."

Johnson added: "I like the majors, and I feel like they are always played on really tough golf courses, which I feel like I do very well on really hard golf courses where pars are good scores, where you've got to drive it in the fairway, you've got to hit it on the green. 

"You know, you've really got to control your ball. I feel like it keeps me mentally in it longer. When I'm on really tough golf courses, I feel like I'm more focused because I'm really trying to hit the ball to a certain spot, instead of a lot of times when I struggle sometimes is just staying mentally focused on every shot."

Johnson thinks the nature of the Baltusrol course ought to work in his favour as he prepares to group with Henrik Stenson and Danny Willett - 2016's other major winners - for the first two rounds.

He added: "My first time playing Baltusrol was yesterday. And I like the golf course. I think it's in really good shape. I feel like it sets up well for me. It's pretty long, you've got to drive it straight. It's definitely a premium on hitting the fairways.

"The rough's pretty deep and thick. But I like the shape to the holes, the big greens with a lot of slope on them. This is a golf course that I like."