Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

... and Dustin Doesn't Want to Be the Fall Guy Once Again

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

... and Dustin Doesn't Want to Be the Fall Guy Once Again

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Byline: John Huggan at Augusta

THE jokes started even before Dustin Johnson arrived in Augusta for what will be the world No1's eighth appearance in the Masters.

One year on from his tumble down a flight of stairs in his rented home and subsequent withdrawal from the event, the former US Open champion was rumoured to be staying in a bungalow this time round.

The accident itself was bad enough he injured his back but Johnson's string of strong performances in the lead-up to the 2017 event had made him a strong favourite to claim the Green Jacket awarded to the winner. So not to play was a huge blow.

"Coming into last year I was obviously playing very well," Johnson said. "So it was really disappointing not to be able to tee-up. But this year is completely different. I'm really looking forward to getting started. I feel like my game is in good shape and I've got a lot of confidence coming into this week."

Indeed, despite losing all three of his matches in the recent World Match Play Championship, the long-hitting Johnson has every right to fancy his chances this week on a course seemingly tailored to the strengths of his game big drives and pinpoint wedge play. …

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