SILVIS, Ill. —
Johnson broke Stricker’s three-year winning streak here in 2012. But he enters his hometown event in a bit of a slump.
Johnson followed up a third-place finish at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in late May by shooting 13-over par at the Memorial Tournament and missing the cut at the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.
Johnson said that although his putting remains “up and down” — a worrisome sign because of how many birdie chances Deere Run presents — he’s feeling more and more confident in his driver.
Johnson also notched top-5 finishes at Deere Run in 2009 and 2011 before beating Troy Matteson on the second hole of a playoff last year.
“My golf game is in a much better form than it was at the beginning of the year. I’ve said it a couple of times and I hate to admit it, but my golf game was not where it needed to be early on in the year,” Johnson said. “That was just a process to kind of get where I am now.”