Dustin Johnson intends to be aggressive at Augusta over the weekend as he goals to go one higher than final 12 months’s runner-up end on the Masters. 

The world No. 1 started his bid for glory on the ultimate main of the coronavirus-impacted 12 months with a powerful 7-under spherical of 65 on Thursday. He was not fairly in a position to produce a repeat on Friday, although a birdie on the ninth — his final gap of the day — was sufficient for a rating of 70, placing him at 9 underneath par on the midway stage. 

Johnson is happy together with his total place and, with the change to November because of the COVID-19 pandemic making for various course situations, made clear the necessity to hold taking part in positively all through the rest of the event. 

Requested about situations for the upcoming rounds in his media convention, Johnson mentioned: “I believe it might probably agency up a bit bit, however it’ll be robust for it to get agency.   

“I believe it’ll be gentle sufficient to the place you are going to need to assault the golf course and play aggressive and hold swinging like I’m.  

“I like the place I am at. I like my place. Clearly, I really feel like I will be someplace across the lead, in all probability not within the lead, however inside just a few photographs, at the least, and in place heading into the weekend.”

Johnson, who ended up in a share of second behind winner Tiger Woods in 2019, made clear the par-5 holes can be pivotal to his possibilities of success. 

The 36-year-old was runner-up in Houston on the PGA Tour previous to the Masters and is happy together with his total recreation, elevating hopes he can get pleasure from one other main success so as to add to his 2016 triumph on the U.S. Open. 

On his scenario after 36 holes, he mentioned: “Earlier than I teed off, I believe I might have taken it.  

“Clearly I really feel like I performed a bit bit higher than my place proper now, however you already know, I am nonetheless pleased with the best way I am swinging it, how I am controlling the golf ball and every part I am doing. You understand, rolling the putter good. Simply hopefully can see just a few extra go in over the weekend.   

“For me, [I] simply have to play the par-5s a bit bit higher over the weekend. I believe that is the one factor that I would like to actually do any higher is simply work out the best way to get some higher seems to be on the par-5s.”