Dustin Johnson remains relaxed despite disruption ahead of US Open title defence

Dustin Johnson remains relaxed despite disruption ahead of US Open title defence”

Johnson had actually got his first look at Erin Hills last Saturday and immediately liked what he saw. Thanks to the birth of his second child on Monday, he won't miss another this week.

McIlroy however, who is returning from a hip and back injury, put a courageous face on his second consecutive missed cut at a US Open following his exit at the halfway stage in 2016.

Johnson avoided a potential scenario in which he could have teed off in the U.S. Open, but was prepared to leave if the baby arrived, much like Phil Mickelson at the 1999 edition of this event.

Johnson, who had bullishly expected to do well on a course he believed to be perfectly suited to his game, admitted he was surprised to be out after only 36 holes.

Although Johnson hasn't been in Wisconsin this week, he played two practice rounds at Erin Hills after missing the cut at the Memorial.

If Johnson manages to win again this week, he will become the first player in nearly 30 years to successfully defend the tournament after Curtis Strange in 1989.

"It just gives you a whole new perspective on things", explained Johnson, who also has a 2½-year-old son named Tatum. In total, he cashed checks for more than $9 million, best in professional golf, while leading the Tour in scoring average and top-10 finishes. "Name to come." He added that the pic was courtesy of Johnson's grandfather and former L.A. Lakers player, Art Whisnant, and that the family approved its release.

The Northern Irish star has played only one event since the Masters after rib and back problems forced him to withdraw from the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Johnson, the top-ranked player in the World Rankings and FedEx Cup standings, didn't play in the Masters after suffering a deep bruise in his lower back the Wednesday before the opening round. "So, yes, I watched a lot of it, unfortunately, from the couch". So it was definitely disappointing not to be able to play. "I've still got some work to do to get back to when I was playing that good". "If I can get that in my hands more regularly, and I think if the field has to hit driver more, as well, that plays into my hands, too".

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