We sit down with the World No.1 to find out how he climbed the sum­mit to be­come a ma­jor win­ner and what his hopes are for 2018.

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Why don’t you talk to us about when you felt your tim­ing was at its op­ti­mum, when it was per­fect?

Well, for me, it started at the US Open in 2016. Ev­ery­thing was lined up per­fectly. My tim­ing was on, the swing couldn’t have felt any bet­ter and I had com­plete con­fi­dence in what I was do­ing. I knew I was play­ing re­ally well lead­ing into the US Open, I just hadn’t won any­thing, but I was play­ing re­ally good golf. I had a lot of con­fi­dence I was go­ing to have a good week. I felt re­ally com­fort­able on the golf course, start­ing from day one on the 1st tee. The swing, the tim­ing with ev­ery­thing was spot-on and I knew I was go­ing to play re­ally well. For me, that tour­na­ment ar­rived just as all the pieces of the jig­saw fell into place. It was the per­fect tim­ing.

What were the signs for you that you had achieved per­fect tim­ing? Was it the sound, was it the strike … was it the flight?

Ev­ery­thing. It was the strike, the con­sis­tency of the shape, the flight was con­sis­tent – ev­ery­thing was un­der con­trol. I was driv­ing it very well. I know when my tim­ing’s on and I’m hit­ting the driver well then ev­ery­thing else lines up and I’m go­ing to play well, es­pe­cially on a course like that where it’s so im­por­tant to put the ball on the fair­way. On a golf course that is long and the rough is re­ally deep, if I am hit­ting into the fair­way with my length then I’m go­ing to have a good week.

You had been on a jour­ney to get to that point?

It’s been a long road, but it’s been a good one. I had a lot of fun do­ing it and ob­vi­ously, since the US Open win, I’ve had a lot of suc­cess on and o† the golf course.

I had my sec­ond son over a month ago and that’s been un­be­liev­able, two sons, both of them are healthy and the fam­ily couldn’t be bet­ter. I couldn’t be hap­pier.

Peo­ple talk about the close calls in ma­jors and all that stu† but I just choose to view all that as a pos­i­tive, they pre­pared me to win a Ma­jor and then re­ally build on it, which I feel I have. I’ve been ready for this suc­cess and feel I can con­tinue it. When the mo­ment ar­rived, did you re­alise that you were go­ing to take ad­van­tage of it? In the US Open was there one crit­i­cal mo­ment in the fi­nal round when you thought you had the op­por­tu­nity and you were go­ing to take it? For some rea­son I felt, even from the 1st hole,

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