Unlucky Johnson optimistic of chances

Dustin Johnson believes that luck was against him at The Players Championship on Thursday but is confident that when the tides turn his game is in good enough order to put him in contention come Sunday.

Johnson is in a tie for 32nd after shooting a one-under-par-71 at TPC Sawgrass on the opening day of The Players Championship.

While in the same post-code as the leaders, Johnson’s first round could have been so much better if a few things went his away.

On the first hole he hit his approach stiff but the ball ricocheted off the flag and ended up rolling off the green as Johnson started with a bogey when a birdie seemed more likely.

He also missed short putts on both the second and 12th holes.

Speaking afterwards, Johnson admitted that he was frustrated by his bad luck on Thursday but added that if his fortunes change, he feels he is hitting the ball well enough to compete for golf’s unofficial fifth major – a tournament the world number one has never won.

"I hit two perfect shots on the first and I end up making a five," said Johnson.

"That about summed up my day – one-hopping it into the flag and I make a bogey.

"I hit two good shots on the second too, but horseshoed a four-footer. I did the same on 12 as well.

"That's just kind of how my day went. I could never really get any momentum. I hit some good shots, but would lip out the putt.

"I just kind of hung in there and ultimately I'm okay with the round. Obviously it could have been really good today – I could have finished four or five under – but it ended up just being okay.

"But, all in all, to end up under par is a good finish, especially if I go out and post a good score on Friday, put myself in position for this weekend."