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Dustin Johnson eyes Masters redemption

132   //    27 Dec 2017, 15:31 IST
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Dustin Johnson in action at the 2017 Hero World Challenge

World number one Dustin Johnson is eager to erase memories of this year's Augusta mishap with an impressive showing at the 2018 Masters.

Johnson arrived at the first major of 2017 in prime form, having won three tournaments in a row including two World Golf Championships events.

However, the American's hopes of claiming a first green jacket were dashed when he injured his lower back slipping down stairs in a freak accident at his rental home.

The incident led to Johnson withdrawing from the tournament and he was unable to recapture his very best form in the remainder of the year, although he did add to his trophy haul by winning The Northern Trust in August.

Speaking courtesy of Hublot, Johnson told Omnisport: "Last year going into the Masters, I won three in a row and was playing the best golf of my career, and to have a freak accident where I slipped and hurt my back is just frustrating because I was playing so well.

"So this year is important to me. I want to go back and play some good golf at Augusta this year."

Another priority for Johnson in 2018 will be the Ryder Cup, which will take place in France for the first time at Le Golf National.

The USA were emphatic winners of the last edition at Hazeltine, but have not triumphed on European soil since 1993.

"We probably won't be the favourites going into France but it doesn't matter," added Johnson.

"The Ryder Cup, as we know and everyone knows, it's going to come down to the singles matches and it's going to be close. Whichever team plays the best that week is going to win. So we have to go into that week thinking we are the underdogs and not the favourites.

"We're still going to have to play really good golf if we are going to win, especially on their home turf ... it's always harder to not play on home soil."

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