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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 158 - PGA Preview
F irst, if you take out the grounded club disaster that cost him a place in the 2010 PGA playoff, he knows that for 71 holes he can be the best player around a layout many of his colleagues describe as the most difficult in the world. If he can manage to wade through the endless questions about THAT rules violation and actually make it to the first tee, to erase his near-miss memories here would be fitting. Then there’s the timing. Almost exactly a year has ticked by since his much publicised and still mysterious six-month hiatus from the PGA Tour began. And since returning from that break, he’s been in some of the best form of his career, securing a win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and collecting another six top-10 finishes. Finally, while most of us see each of his memorable failures as an extra bit of baggage for Johnson to carry with him, the man himself chooses to see them as a sign he’s getting closer. At least that's the public face presented. “I’m disappointed that I three- putted the last hole. Other than that, I had a good week. I’m happy with the way I played. I’m happy with everything in my game right now. I had another chance to win again a major on Sunday,” he said after missing out at Chambers Bay. That said, there are signs that for a man many accuse of caring too little out on course, results are really starting to matter. And maybe that’s the edge he needs. At the US Open, there was a special chair reserved for the runner-up. It remained conspicuously empty as Johnson chose not to face the sight of Jordan Spieth collecting a prize that should have been his. “It was time to get out of there,” Johnson said later. “I had had enough. I was ready to go. Obviously, right after, I was done.” Johnson and his supporters have spent much of the last couple of months telling the world that he’s a changed man, who matured dramatically during his yearlong layoff. The final test of his newfound maturity will be whether he can make one of these golden chances stick. OTG FLIP IT & RIP IT. TM GAME CHANGED Two CG settings. Two flight paths. More distance for all golfers.
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OTG Express 159 - PGA Wrap