Johnson primed for Korean challenge

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Dustin Johnson is taking his trip to Korea to participate in this week’s Ballantine’s Championship very seriously.

Dustin Johnson is taking his trip to Korea to participate in this week’s Ballantine’s Championship very seriously.

The big-hitting American (at an average of 307 yards off the tee, the third longest on the PGA Tour) plans to make use of all aspects of his game to try and come away with a victory on the European Tour.

“I’m here to win the tournament,” he said.

“I want to come out and contend and have a chance to win. There’s other parts to my game besides the driver.”

With the likes of world number one Lee Westwood, Ryder Cup stars Ian Poulter and Miguel Angel Jimenez, and three-time major champion Ernie Els all set to take part, Johnson won’t have it all his own way.

The 26-year-old realises that the European Tour regulars will have the advantage in playing in foreign conditions, and said that some of the American players could learn from their example.

“It’s important to get out and play,” he said.

“Obviously the European players are more traveled, they play more events in Asia and also in the States. We get comfortable playing on our tour, but you can’t blame us. I think it’s the best tour — a lot of people do.

“It’s hard to get the guys to come over here to play but it’s important for us to come over and play a few times a year to acknowledge our overseas fans.”

Johnson believes he is in with a good chance of victory, and that all aspects of his game will need to fire.

“(My game) is getting better each week and I’m looking forward to this week,” he said. “I’ve been hitting it really well these past two days.

“I’m starting to get a little more comfortable with the putter, which is probably what has held me back a little bit so far this year. It’s finally starting to come around.

“I’ve been working hard on the putter, so I’m looking forward to getting out there this week and maybe rolling in some putts.”

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