Dustin Johnson says there is "room for improvement" as he returns to PGA Tour

The World No.1 feels well rested after a "nice week at home" with Paulina Gretzky and is excited for the challenge awaiting him at this week's Genesis Invitational.

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Thu, 18 Feb 2021

Dustin Johnson believes there is "room for improvement throughout the bag" despite winning three times in his last eight starts and the World No.1 is eager to return to the PGA Tour in style this week after spending time at home with Paulina Gretzky and his family.

The 36-year-old's last start was on the European Tour where he went on to win the Saudi International, before deciding to withdraw from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am.

This week, Johnson returns to take on Riviera, where a star-studded field tees it up at the Genesis Invitational, with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau all competing.

Johnson, who has been in devastating form as of late, believes there are still areas of his game that he could improve.

“I feel like I could always be better with every part of the game, but definitely can roll the putter better always,” Johnson said ahead of the Genesis Invitational. “I feel like the short game, you can always improve with that, too. But I feel like I’m swinging it pretty good, I’m happy with the way I’m swinging it, but there’s room for improvement I think throughout the bag.”

 

 

Not to pick out any negatives in Johnson's pretty flawless game, but "roll the putter better" is certainly something he could work on that would perhaps somehow make his game even stronger than it already is.

In Strokes Gained Putting, Johnson currently ranks in a tie for 105th, a position that he will look at as a weakness in his game. In fact, at the Saudi International, his putting was extremely poor and he probably could have won by 10 shots if he'd performed better on the greens.

That aside, Johnson feels very good about his current level of consistency and is pleased with his recent performances.

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“This game is never easy. Every day something is different,” Johnson said. “Obviously, the confidence is pretty high right now. I feel good about what I’m doing, I’ve got a lot of confidence in everything that I’m doing.

“I’ve just been playing really consistent and solid golf.”

It was probably a relief for the rest of the field that Johnson decided to go home and spend time with his partner and Instagram sensation Paulina instead of compete at Pebble Beach, but the Masters champion is now focused and ready for Riviera.

“It was just nice to be at home for the week with the kids and the family, Paulina. I had a nice week at home,” Johnson said, “And now, obviously excited to be back here at Riviera. I think it’s going to be a really good week.”

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