“I’ve been really close a few times and to finally get there this year, I couldn’t be more excited about it.”
Entering the US Open later this month, Johnson is unquestionably the in-form player in golf and the one to beat.
That he was able to get back into shape was somewhat of a surprise, even to him, given the injury issues the American has faced.
“I didn’t play any [tournaments] last fall because I had knee surgery, “he recalls.” Then I played a few events and played well. Obviously the game is in very good shape, I am really excited about the current status of the game.
“Even though I just won the FedEx Cup, it will be nice to be able to celebrate a bit with Paulina [wife] and the kids and my brother – but only for a few days because then I have to start preparing for the US Open. “
The Tour Championship – the final tournament of the FedEx Cup – featured the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup rankings, based on points accumulated throughout the season.
As the highest-ranked player, Johnson started the tournament in East Lake, Atlanta, on par of 10 under, with starting scores dropping to par for players ranked 26-30.
Johnson held a seemingly comfortable five-stroke going into the final day, but endured a nervous end down the home stretch after seeing his lead reduced to just two while playing partner Xander ScHotele.
But the 36-year-old has said he’s “close” to playing the best golf of his life – and when he does, Johnson is very difficult to catch.
“I’m playing really well, I’m really confident in everything I’m doing right now,” he said. “But there are still improvements to be made
“So I’m going to go home, I’m going to take a few days off, let the mind rest. Basically I’m fine, I could play every week, physically, but the mind has to rest. That is. the most important thing in golf is mental preparation. “
This mental preparation has never been tested more than this year. Golf, like many other sports around the world, has suffered a truncated season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The sport returned in June after a three-month hiatus and fans are still not allowed to attend the events. It will certainly be a prejudice for Johnson in the upcoming US Open, the tournament he won in 2016 for his only major to date and in a place where he could usually count on home support.
“It was definitely a tough year, a tough year for everyone, not just us,” Johnson said. “But we [golf] did a great job with what we did and we were able to come back and play and do it safely.
“It’s been very interesting not playing in front of all the fans, it’s something you must have got used to because obviously I’ve played in front of fans my whole career.
“But I can’t wait for them to come back because it’s something that I love to do, I love that the fans are here and I can’t wait for them to come back next year hopefully . “