Friday 24 November 2017

Johnson's positive spin

Dustin Johnson will aim to put his US Open collapse behind him when he opens his account in the AT&T National at the Aronimink GC in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania today.

Johnson had been in contention for the top prize, but a three-hole collapse early in the final round left the way open for Graeme McDowell to take the honours at Pebble Beach.

He has received kind words from Tiger Woods and will have no qualms about returning to the Californian venue in the future.

"I still love the golf course. Any time I can play a tournament there, I'll play it. All you can do is put yourself in a situation to win a US Open, and I still finished in the top 10, so it's not like I had a terrible week or anything," Johnson told the PGA Tour website.

"I've got to take out the positives that I can from that week. But it was just one of those days where I was just a little bit off and it just got magnified."

Johnson will be playing the first two rounds at the AT&T with Woods, who has expressed his sympathy over his US Open troubles.

Woods said: "Well, it happens. And just because it happened doesn't mean that you can't ever win again. If he has the talent and the game to give himself that type of lead at a US Open, there's no reason why he can't do that again and finish it off. It's just a matter of picking yourself up and doing it all over again."

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