THE INTERVIEW: DUSTIN JOHNSON
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.
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,