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No. 1 Johnson looking for major No. 2

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Golf

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- For the third consecutive year, Dustin Johnson comes into the PGA Championship at No. 1 in the world rankings. That hasn't translated into victories in the biggest tournaments, though, as his one win in a major came at the 2016 U.S. Open.

"I mean, disappointed I wouldn't go with, but a little frustrated sometimes just because I've had quite a few chances and I've felt like a few of them I really didn't do anything," Johnson said. "I played well. But that's just how it is. It's hard to win majors. If it was easy, a lot of guys would have a lot more than they do."

He said the prodigious length of Bethpage Black fits his game well.

"I really like this course, especially if you're hitting it well," he said. "For me, it's all about driving. The fairways are generous in some spots. Some holes are narrow. But you've got to hit the fairways here. The rough is pretty penal. It's not super deep, but it's just really thick, and you've just got to drive it straight."

MUCH RESPECT

Clearly, there's strong mutual respect between Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning.

 

In Monday's edition of the Los Angeles Times, Manning recounted discussions he had with Woods about carrying on with a career after a string of major operations. Manning won a Super Bowl after four neck surgeries; Woods won the Masters after four back surgeries.

Woods elaborated on the topic in his news conference Tuesday.

He remembers playing at Medalist Golf Club in Florida with Manning in 2012, after the quarterback had left Indianapolis and had signed with Denver. At the time, Manning told Woods he was able to do only six pushups -- yet he went on to win comeback player of the year that season, and his fifth most valuable player award a year later.

"So just because someone doesn't have the strength to do something, he's going to figure out a different way," Woods said. "And that's what we were talking about when we played, is that I don't have a fastball, he can't zip the ball into those tight little windows or in -- he has to anticipate more. He has to do more work in the film room. I had to do more work on managing my game, my body, understanding it, what I can and cannot do, shots that I see I could pull off or better save it for another day. And more than anything, trying to figure out how to be explosive day in and day out.

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