March 29, 2024

Dustin Johnson’s Masters boost thanks to Donald Trump’s ‘Blue Monster’ | Golf | Sport

Dustin Johnson believes LIV Golf Miami will be “good preparation” for the Masters – with the Florida event taking place just a week before the first major of the year. The LIV calendar resumes in Miami on April 7 after a four-week break.

The tournament will be held at Trump National Doral, a course owned by Donald Trump and nicknamed the ‘Blue Monster’. Seven former Masters winners will take part in LIV’s next event, including current champion Jon Rahm.

Phil Mickelson (Masters winner in 2004, 2006, 2010), Charl Schwartzel (2011), Bubba Watson (2012, 2014), Sergio Garcia (2017), Patrick Reed (2018) and Johnson (2020) will also tee off in Miami before heading over to Augusta. Johnson is confident of winning his second green jacket next month and hopes his game will be in good shape after the Miami tournament.

“We’re playing Doral, which is a fantastic golf course,” Johnson told LIV’s website. “I feel like it’s going be good preparation just going into Augusta just as far as it’s tough. It’s long. You have to use all your clubs in your bag. You have to hit quality golf shots.

“Obviously, Augusta is different. But toughness-wise, I feel like it’s fairly similar. It’s one of those golf courses where you have to take advantage of the par 5s… I like the golf course. I’ve always liked the golf course there. Anytime you’re playing a challenging golf course going into a major, it’s going be good prep.”

World No.1 Scottie Scheffler, who plays on the PGA Tour, is the big favourite to win his second Masters title next month thanks to his stellar form. Scheffler has won back-to-back tournaments in March, claiming the Arnold Palmer Invitational before defending his title at The Players Championship. He became the first golfer in history to achieve the latter feat.

Scheffler has also made a good start to this week’s Houston Open, shooting five-under-par in his opening round to sit one shot behind leaders Taylor Moore and Wilson Furr. Although Scheffler is in new superb form, Johnson’s LIV colleague Joaquin Niemann will also be confident of winning his first major at the Masters.

The 25-year-old from Chile has won two of the first four LIV events this year to earn a special invite to the Masters, despite sitting No.86 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). LIV events don’t carry OWGR points, causing several big-name golfers to miss major tournaments.

Niemann is also a fan of Trump’s ‘Blue Monster’ and thinks it’ll push him ahead of Augusta. He added: “It’s a great track. It’s one of the toughest courses we play around the world.

“It has everything – you’ve got to hit it long, you’ve got to hit it straight, you’ve got to hit greens and you’ve got to do everything right to have a great week. It pushes you a lot.”


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