Dustin Johnson hasn’t made a Top-10 since the Masters, where he was expected to win another Major, but instead withdrew due to a freak accident at his rental home.
Speaking with the media at this week’s RBC Canadian Open, Johnson admitted he’s not fully healthy from the staircase incident.
“I’m still feeling the effects of it,” Johnson said on Wednesday. “No pain or anything like that. But it’s still a little tight. I’m having to get worked on a good bit just to try to loosen up those muscles and those tendons where it got injured.”
It’s only physical issues that ail the golfer, but mental too. It’s hard to head into the most watched and revered events in golf thinking you’re going to win, and then have to pull out because of an injury.
Even after finishing tied for second at the first tournament after returning from the staircase fiasco, multiple missed cuts have put a damper on Johnson’s confidence.
“Mentally, little lack of confidence. Just because I was playing so well leading into that,” Johnson said. “Probably for 10-to-12 months leading into the Masters, a year into the Masters, I was playing really good golf.”
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Although Johnson may not be at one hundred percent, he is happy with his progress at The Open, where he made the cut and ended with a T56. Not the best result but he’s heading into a tournament at Glen Abbey, where the 33-year-old has enjoyed success in the past, with runner-ups in his last two appearances.
“It’s been a bit of a struggle, but I’ve put a lot of work to get back to where I was,” Johnson said. “And I’m starting to see signs of it. It’s all good, it’s all positive and it’s all moving forward.”
Maybe with another win under his belt, DJ can get back in the game and keep up with newly crowned champion Jordan Spieth. If anyone is going to slow Spieth’s down, it’s Dustin Johnson.