ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – New week. New country. New event.
Everything about this week's Open Championship is new (well, except for being played on the Old Course, but you get my drift). Yet so many of the queries directed at Dustin Johnson (eight of 15 to be exact) on Monday in St. Andrews caused him to reflect on what happened 22 days ago at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
Rightly so, as DJ went MIA after he 3-putted the 72nd green for another near-miss at a major championship. So many questions left unanswered then, left for so many questions to be answered now.
For starters, Johnson claimed he "didn't know" he was supposed to attend the awards ceremony and that he "had had enough" and was ready to go after his 4-footer failed to drop that would have forced a Monday playoff with Jordan Spieth.
"I played really well that week," Johnson said. "I did everything I was supposed to. It wasn't too difficult to get over it. Obviously I was a little disappointed I didn't get the job done, but you know, I was definitely happy with the way I played."
Johnson was in the final pairing that Sunday, one group behind eventual winner Spieth. This week, DJ and Spieth will play together for the first two rounds of the Open, with Hideki Matsuyama rounding out the threesome.
DJ appears to have shaken off the unfortunate events of that final hole four Sundays ago, and plans to very much be a factor in the season's final two majors.
When asked what Johnson thinks of Spieth's Grand Slam chances this year, DJ deadpanned, "I'm playing in the next two, so we'll have to see."
New week. New country. New event. New winner?