Dustin Johnson relishing return to Pebble Beach


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World number one Dustin Johnson knows how to win the AT & T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and is eagerly awaiting the chance to try again.

Johnson has twice before triumphed in the three-course event on the spectacular Monterey Peninsula in California.

The PGA Tour’s finest join a talented cast of amateurs and celebrities this week, with the event being played across Spyglass Hill, Monterey Peninsula Golf Club and the iconic Pebble Beach courses.

Two of the four rounds take place on the classic US Open layout, including Sunday’s final round. Johnson claimed back-to-back successes in 2009 and 2010, while he was runner-up in 2014, third 12 months ago and also boasts a further three top-ten finishes.

Little wonder then that the American is relishing his latest return to the stunning California coastline.

“I just really enjoy coming here. I enjoy the courses. This event is a special event. It’s a lot of fun out here, especially when the weather is like this, it doesn’t get any better,” Johnson said.

“Usually generally it’s really soft and cold and wet. But this year the ball’s going, the fairways are pretty firm, greens are firm.

“So, yeah, I think it’s going to be a great week, especially the weather looks really good all week and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Johnson claimed victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii last month on his first PGA Tour outing of 2018, before finishing tied ninth on the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

He is happy with his game as the season gets set to gear-up a notch towards the Masters at August in April.

“I think I’m in a really good place. The game feels really good. I got a lot of confidence in it and I’m looking forward to the rest of this year,” added Johnson.

Johnson is 6.50 to win the AT & T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week, while Rory McIlroy is 10.00 to make a winning start on his return to the United States.

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