Johnson favourite to bag Masters

New Straits Times - - Sport -

World No 1 Dustin Johnson is play­ing the “best golf in the world” and will start as the favourite to win the Masters next month, Jor­dan Spi­eth has said.

Johnson main­tained his im­pres­sive form by win­ning the WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin last week­end to mark his third vic­tory in as many starts in 2017.

Spi­eth, who has a vic­tory and two run­ner-up fin­ishes at Au­gusta in the last three years, said he would have to be on top form to de­feat Johnson at the first ma­jor of year, which starts on Thurs­day.

“I think Dustin Johnson is the guy to beat in golf no mat­ter where you are,” Spi­eth said at a news con­fer­ence ahead of the Houston Open on Wed­nes­day.

“If I play my best golf, I be­lieve that I can take down any­body, and you have to be­lieve that.

“But I think that he is the guy that ev­ery­one is say­ing he’s play­ing the best golf in the world right now.

“Ma­jor cham­pi­onships have huge weight and I’m not fo­cused on try­ing to win ma­jors to get to num­ber one any more,” the 23year-old added.

“So, that side of things, get­ting num­ber one isn’t the pres­sure that I feel, but that’s the only way to re­ally take big strides to­wards him be­cause I don’t think he’s let­ting up any time soon.”


Dustin Johnson is play­ing the best golf in the world, says Jor­dan Spi­eth.

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