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‘A Lot of Work’: Dustin Johnson Finally Opens Up About Major Chances After Career’s Biggest Slump

Published 02/10/2024, 10:21 PM EST

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After eight months of no success, Dustin Johnson finally won his third LIV Golf title. The 39-year-old sailed through the tough field and when the lead was tied with six others at one point, Johnson’s three birdies at the back nine propelled him a single stroke ahead of all others to earn the victor’s crown.

However, despite his huge win at Las Vegas Country Club, the 4Aces GC captain’s primary concern would be the upcoming major events. In the last sixteen years, Johnson, for the first time, has dropped to the lowest rank in his career. Even then, the veteran golfer seems to be confident about the majors.

Dustin Johnson gears up for the Masters 

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The win at Las Vegas Country Club was huge for Dustin Johnson; if the LIV Golf events had received any Official World Golf Ranking points, Johnson’s rank would have catapulted him inside the top 100 at the very least. However, as this is not the case, the 39-year-old has to sit outside the top 200. It was reported that Johnson had fallen to 202nd on OWGR, his worst rank since 2008.

The rank has dropped further, and he is currently 218th in the world. Despite his falling rank, Johnson is quite confident about his majors appearances this season, especially the Masters. At the post-win presser, the 2-time major winner said, “The game is feeling in really good form for this early in the year, and so I’m excited for the rest of the year.”

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However, he did say that there’s still “a lot of work to do.” Johnson detailed his ongoing plan and said he would take two days off and “get back to work on Tuesday.” Moreover, since the weeks leading up to the Masters, there have been many planned events for the 1-time Masters winner, starting at LIV Golf Jeddah in March. He said, “I want to be in good form for the foreseeable future at least. Got a lot of big tournaments.”

Before he plays at the Masters, Johnson would be in “Saudi, Hong Kong, come back [home],” and then be at “Doral” for the early April event. The schedule is packed for the 24-time PGA Tour winner and he will be eyeing his second Masters victory. Though the Masters is cleared for Johnson for the rest of his life, can he still play in other majors?

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Dustin Johnson’s major event’s chances explored 

The last time Dustin Johnson won a major was in April 2020. It was at the Augusta National and the last major for the 39-year-old in the past three years. Before that, Johnson had also won the 2016 U.S. Open, his first major victory. With two majors on his resume, Johnson enjoys a lifetime exemption from the Masters and is exempt from the U.S. Open until 2026.

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When it comes to the two other major events, the Open Championship and the PGA Championship, Johnson cannot qualify for them based on OWGR ranks as of now. However, because of his 2020 Masters win, he is exempt from playing the PGA Championship and the Open until 2025. With all four major events secured for the 2024 season, Johnson is looking forward to another successful major, just like he did in 2020.

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