Dustin Johnson is confident heading into Masters

"He was so relieved ... just so relieved", she said on Tuesday just after watching Jason Day hit his first shot of a practice round at the Augusta National Golf Club.

In 2016, quite the event unfolded before everyone in Augusta.

"Everything has got to be working this week", Johnson said Tuesday. Like anything, you go through ups and downs in life, go through ups and downs in life and in golf.

Who will win? You have got to look at guys who have been hot coming in to Augusta.

He talked about his father dying from cancer when Day was just 12, how his mother took out a mortgage on their home and borrowed enough money to send him to a golf academy seven hours away, and how a coach he met there named Col Swatton - who remains his caddie to this day - turned him around and taught him to play golf. I feel like my game's gotten a lot better. The only player to make the Masters his fourth straight victory was Jimmy Demaret.

"I've realised that the more I can get comfortable with this golf course. and the more I can get comfortable in the environment and the surroundings, the better", the 27-year-old Northern Irishman said.

Johnson has been on a tear in 2017, posting consecutive wins at Riviera Los Angeles, Mexico City and the Match Play in Austin. Same goes for this week.

"I've got a lot of confidence in my game right now, especially with the way I've been playing the last few tournaments".

Among the newcomers hoping to become the first Masters debutante to take a green jacket since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 is Spain's Jon Rahm, who won his first PGA crown in January at Torrey Pines. He was more interested talking about the grass that he just put on the greens. I mean, if you want to win around here, you're going to have to putt it well. "I feel like if I putt very well, I m going to have a chance to win on Sunday".

It's been 15 years since the world's No. 1 player won the Masters. Jordan Spieth was on his way to defending his title in Sunday's final round a year ago only to find a watery grave twice into Rae's Creek and take a quadruple bogey at 12, helping England's Danny Willett take the title. "But for me, I just felt like I've always learned from them and tried not to do them again". I always thought it suited my game very well.

"When I first drove in, I think it was a bit mixed", he said. I feel selfish being there playing and I was stuck between two worlds.

Part of Johnson s work ethic comes from his father-in-law, ice hockey icon Wayne Gretzky, the NHL s all-time leading scorer.

Johnson uses his top ranking to channel extra energy into workouts. "The women won the other night, which is nice, and Coastal won the baseball", Johnson said.

"I'm trying to hit this low hook around and catch the hill, and trying to get it up on to the green and hit this heroic shot, and it goes in the water and I make a six".

Day revealed that he probably would have played regardless, but he doesn't think he would have fared very well if the surgery had not been successful or his mom needed chemotherapy.

  • Julie Sanders