World No 1 Dustin Johnson is fairly confident ahead of his defence of the Green Jacket at Augusta National this week.
The American cruised to a stunning victory in Georgia in November last year, strengthening his grip as the best player in the world.
With a record-breaking score and unbelievable accuracy around the famous course, Johnson showed all the signs of a player more than capable of adding more Masters victories.
Only five months has passed since his triumph in November and Johnson is feeling his approach coming together again ahead of Thursday’s start.
‘Maybe not quite as good of shape as it was in November,’ Johnson said on Tuesday.
‘But I feel like it’s coming together. I’m starting to hit a lot of the same shots and getting a lot more comfortable over the golf ball.’
Conditions, though, are somewhat more ‘normal’ compared to last year’s autumn Masters, but the 36-year-old admits the surface will be as challenging as ever.
‘With the course being firm and fast like it is, you’re definitely going to have to be a little more careful about where you hit the ball. It’s still the same golf course. I mean, the shots that you hit, it doesn’t really change. Just the spots where you land it kind of change depending on the firmness and where you’re at or what club you’re hitting,’ he added.
Johnson will tee off alongside Lee Westwood and Tyler Strafaci in a group for the first two rounds of action.