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May 29 2012

7:33 PM

Johnson anxious to get back in action

Interview: Dustin Johnson

The big hitter is back at Memorial and says he's 100 percent for his first start since March.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

DUBLIN, Ohio -- The last time Dustin Johnson played in a PGA TOUR event, he was ranked 11th in the Ryder Cup standings and had just snapped a solid string of three straight top-10 finishes with a tie for 35th at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

But Johnson returns to the PGA TOUR at the Memorial Tournament this week after a two-month layoff due to a back strain suffered while lifting a jet ski the weekend prior to the Masters. He finished fourth at Muirfield Village last year.

Johnson is now 24th in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings – with the top eight players automatically making the U.S. Team after the PGA Championship and another four to be added when Davis Love III makes his Captain's Picks. Eleven events, including three majors, remain for Johnson to earn points.

The laid-back, five-time PGA TOUR champ, who has played on the last Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup teams, isn't unduly stressed about the challenge.

"Just have to play good golf," Johnson said. "Probably wouldn't hurt if I won a tournament between now and then. That would definitely help. But you know, I'm just going to have to get in contention a few times and have some good high finishes and play good in the U.S. Open and the PGA (where the points are doubled)."

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