Having finally broken his major championship duck, Dustin Johnson is understandably self-assured ahead of this week’s Open Championship.
The American is the form player heading into the tournament, having triumphed so spectacularly at the US Open in Oakmont last month before going on to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in his only competitive outing since.
He could even end the week atop the world rankings, should he lift the Claret Jug and Jason Day finish outside the top ten.
In the middle of a streak as hot as this, Johnson isn’t resorting to false modesty – and who could blame him.
“I like my chances, but I go into every tournament liking my chances,” he said.
“I always feel like I’m the best player in the world, but that’s just me. I’ve got a lot of confidence in my game. Obviously I’m playing very well right now.
“I always expect to come out and perform and to contend but it’s definitely a little bit different coming out and not trying to win that first major. That’s the biggest difference.
“It’s a good feeling, for sure. On Sunday, if I’m in contention, just knowing that I can get it done is a big confidence booster coming down the stretch.”
With golf at the Olympics the hot-button issue of the day, Johnson said he had to consider his family when deciding to withdraw.
“I wanted to go play but, just for me at the end of the day, me and Paulina, we’re going to have more kids,” said Johnson.
“I know the risk is very low but, if something were to happen, I’d never forgive myself for that.
“For me, it just came down to my family being more important. So that was the biggest decision for me.
“It was all family. Me and my team just sat down, and I made the decision ultimately.”
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