Monday, April 4, 2016

Playing consistent golf, D. Johnson aims to carry form to Masters

Dustin Johnson is getting closer.

In each of his last three starts, Johnson has improved his finish, from a T-14 in a title defense at Doral, to a Round of 16 exit at the WGC-Dell Match Play, to a third-place finish last week in Houston. 

Johnson could kill two birds with one Tour Preferred this week if he could win his first major at Augusta National.

A year ago, Johnson enjoyed his best Masters finish, a tie for sixth, which is his only top-10 finish in six Masters appearances. Perhaps it took Johnson some seasoning to figure out a game plan that works for Augusta National.

“Last year I felt like I played a little bit better around here," Johnson said Monday. "This golf course is one of those courses where all parts of your game need to be working. This year, I feel like I'm coming in with a pretty solid game. I feel like every part of my game is improving.”

Over the last two seasons, Johnson has played the most consistent golf of his career. However, there's still the Big If: Can Johnson overcome the scar tissue of so many close calls in majors, including the 72nd-hole three-putt that cost him the U.S. Open?

We'll only know that if he dons a green jacket on Sunday.

Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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