Dustin Johnson (pic by SMP Images) ()
American Dustin Johnson hopes to emulate the success of compatriots Bo Van Pelt and Jason Dufner at the ISPS HANDA Perth International this week.
Van Pelt won this title after a Sunday tussle with Dufner 12 months ago, although Johnson ultimately has his eyes on matching the latter’s Major breakthrough at the US PGA Championship this season.
“Me and Duf are really good friends," he said, "so I would love to [emulate his feat]; hopefully Perth is a good luck charm.
“I think around here if the putter is rolling good, then I'm going to have a good chance to win. It's a golf course I think suits my eye pretty well, and there's a lot of birdies to be made out there.”
The World Number 21 is the pre-tournament favourite at Lake Karrinyup, but Johnson has had to deal with a bout of illness in the build-up.
“I feel a lot better today,” he added. “I think it's just a head cold. It's not too bad, hopefully starting to feel probably 70 per cent today, so hopefully tomorrow I'll feel a lot better. I think I just got something on the plane on the way over.
“I got a good bit of rest last night and definitely feeling better as the day goes on. Hopefully tomorrow be back to 100 per cent.
“The course is in great shape. The greens are tough; they are really fast and a lot of undulations. So it's tough to get the ball close to the hole.
“You've got to hit some really good tee shots, and then you've got to be really spot on with your irons coming into the greens. The par fives are pretty reachable and there's a few short holes where you can make a lot of birdies.
“I didn't really get to practice the last few days, but I was fairly pleased with it today.”