Johnson: This is not a links course

Zach Johnson believes that while Whistling Straits in Wisconsin may be labelled as a links course, it certainly does not play like one.

The 2015 PGA Championship will tee off on the Straits course on the shores of Lake Michigan on Thursday, but Johnson is preparing for a different battle.

The American, who is fresh off his Open Championship win at St Andrews, indicated that the course will not offer the field a “true links” experience this weekend.

“This golf course is the furthest thing from links,” the 39-year-old told Reuters.

“Outside of maybe the sand traps and the way they look, it’s not a links golf course. Links golf is using the land, using trajectory control, running things on the green, using the bounces and the rolls.

“This course is all aerial. It may look like links, standing from the clubhouse looking down, but it does not play like a true links course.”

The world number 12 is playing through a purple patch at the moment, with four top six finishes in his last six events, including his second major win following a thrilling three-way playoff at the Home of Golf last month.

The PGA Championship was held at the same venue in 2010 and Johnson was in the mix come Sunday afternoon, but his final round of 70 would leave him one shot shy of a place in a playoff with Bubba Watson and eventual winner Martin Kaymer.

“I missed a lot of makeable, short putts that week and still had a chance to win coming down the stretch,” added the two-time major winner.

“I feel like I’m a better player than I was five years ago. I feel like my technique and fundamentals are probably a bit more polished. I hit a lot of fairways, which you have to do here, and I hit a lot of greens in regulation.”