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TURN­ING SHORT INTO LONG ut as long as he is play­ing from short grass, John­son feels he can neu­tralise his in­her­ent dis­ad­van­tage.“If you put me in the fair­way at my av­er­age dis­tance into a par 4, 175 to 180 yards, and you put an­other player in the rough 120 yards from the green,” he says,“over time, I’m go­ing to wear him out.”

Con­versely, be­cause he is so straight, John­son is able to hit a driver more fre­quently than his longer-hit­ting peers, who of­ten drop down to a 3-wood or hy­brid o the tee on more nar­row fair­ways. So there are many holes where John­son has the long­est tee shot in his group.

Sec­ond, John­son is a vir­tu­oso with the wedges. He has used

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