No post-Open blues for Johnson


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Anyone still wondering how Dustin Johnson was dealing with his post-U.S. Open blues can find another project to worry about.

Since Pebble Beach Johnson has tied for 14th (Open Championship), 15th (WGC-Bridgestone Invitational) and is one good Sunday away from a PGA Championship.

That final-round 82 at Pebble Beach, it seems, only fueled Johnson’s already healthy confidence.

“I know I can get myself into those situations now,” said Johnson, whose third-round 67 at Whistling Straits has left him three strokes off the lead. “When you know you’ve worked hard it’s easier to perform at that level.”

Johnson’s caddie Bobby Brown said he’s seen an increased intensity from his man on the practice tee and during practice rounds and his trainer Randy Myers said the hardest thing to do now is dial Johnson down.

“He knows now that he belongs,” said Myers, who said the two had an hour and a half session following Friday’s marathon day at the PGA Championship.