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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 239
M OMENTUM is a funny thing in golf. Find it and you’ll stroll around the course, wondering if it’s physically possible you’ll ever hit a bad shot again. Lose it and those greens start to look about the size of a 10-cent piece. Unfortunately for most, careers often consist of a lot of the latter, mixed with tiny little bursts of the former. Just ask Hideki Matsuyama, who could have brained the field with his eyes closed late last year as he hit what was potentially a once-in-a-lifetime patch of form: three wins, two second-place finishes and a fifth-place result at the Tour Championship. Had that hot streak happened six months earlier, he’d have been in the major equation up to his eyeballs. And now? A T-11 at the Masters has been the lone high point for the world No.4 in the last two months, with a missed cut at the Genesis Open and lowly finishes making up the rest of his output. So it’s with momentum in mind we wait with intense interest for Dustin Johnson’s reemergence this week at the Wells Fargo Championship. Four weeks ago the world No.1 had the rest of the PGA Tour playing for second on a weekly basis as he embarked on a romp that took in the Genesis Open and back-to-back WGC victories at the Mexico Championship and Dell Technologies Match Play. Then he combined socks and a wet floor with disastrous effect on the eve of the Masters, and we never got to find out whether his sublime form and crushing momentum would be strong enough to secure him a green jacket. While there’s every chance the 32-year-old will pick up exactly where he left off before his untimely slip down some stairs at his Augusta rental home, his unwanted hiatus may turn out to have thrown a fire blanket on his searing form.
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