SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Dustin Johnson’s well-documented near misses in major championships are not something that the bomber fixates on, at least not in a negative way.
On Wednesday at Whistling Straits, where in 2010 he was penalized two strokes on the 72nd hole after he grounded his club in a bunker and finished two shots out of a playoff won by Martin Kaymer, Johnson said his inability to win a Grand Slam event is more motivating than it is maddening.
“It's frustrating sometimes, but I try not to let it bother me,” said Johnson, who also came up short at this year’s U.S. Open and the 2011 Open Championship. “I love the game, and at the end of the day, it is just a game.”
Johnson said just being a part of the conversation when it comes to major championships is an indication that he has the game to compete at golf’s biggest events.
He also said he hasn’t spent much time thinking about the penalty that cost him a chance to win the 2010 PGA at Whistling Straits, and added that it won’t be an issue this year.
“I don't have to worry about it, there's a grandstand there. Thank you, PGA. I appreciate that,” he laughed.