World No 1 Dustin Johnson says players will be slightly nervous about being infected with Covid-19 ahead of next week’s Masters.
The 2020 FedEx Cup champion will return to action on the PGA Tour on Thursday at the Houston Open after spending more than three weeks off the course due to coronavirus.
Johnson joined an ever-growing list of players on Tour who contracted Covid-19 since golf restarted back in June, with Adam Scott and Harry Higgs the latest casualties.
With the much-anticipated Masters set to grip the golfing world’s attention at Augusta National from next week, Johnson believes players will feel somewhat pressured when pre-testing gets done over the course of the next week.
‘The only good thing that came out of this is I know I’m playing next week at the Masters. I would be nervous, for sure,’ he said.
‘It’s one of those things where because I had no idea where I got it from, obviously I thought about it and tried to figure it out.
‘I had every person that I had been around, people that have been in my house, you know, any person that I would come in contact with, my friends, family, people that work for me, every single one of them got tested. Not [wife] Paulina, the kids, everybody, not one person had it.’
Johnson had to withdraw from last month’s CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas after returning a positive test upon his arrival at the event, as stipulated by the health and safety guidelines followed by the Tour.
The uncertainty surrounding his infection left the American slightly confused and he believes that will add to the nervousness of players before they arrive in Georgia next week.
‘The only thing I can figure is I got it in Vegas. I don’t even know how I got it there, but that’s the only place I could have got it because not one person I was around had it. And nobody got it from me, either.’
Johnson is one of the favourites to win the Masters for what will be only his second Major triumph.