Johnson looking to right Sawgrass wrongs

Dustin Johnson is the first to admit he doesn’t have the best record around TPC Sawgrass, but that could change this week.

As superb as the American has been over the last 12 months, if he has one weakness, it's the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass, home of The Players Championship.

Only boasting a best finish of T28 last year, Johnson has only broken par six times in 26 rounds and only broken 70 twice. While he has become accustomed to winning with six titles in the last 16 months, these rounds at Sawgrass are not numbers to write home about.

"I haven't had a lot of success around here, so it's definitely a challenge for me," admitted the world number one in his press conference.

"But I feel like if I'm going to play well here, this is the time. Everything throughout my whole game is in really good form right now.

"This golf course is tough. You've got to have all facets of your game working if you want to contend around here.

"You've got to be doing everything well because you've got to hit all kinds of different shots, every club in your bag, and you've got to really control your golf ball."

Indeed, it would appear the time is right for Johnson to finally tame the Sawgrass beast.

The 2016 US Open winner is on a superlative run at the moment, having notched up three wins, a solo third and a T2 at last weeks’ Wells Fargo Championship, one stroke behind winner Brian Harman.

"I played a lot better on the weekend," added Johnson.

"I've had a couple good practice days the last two days, so I'm excited to get the tournament started."

Standing in Johnson's way is the defending champion Jason Day, world number three Rory McIlroy and Masters winner Sergio Garcia, making it a high-class field.