Johnson reflects on "solid" 2015 and targets major next year

Barny 6/12/2015
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Speaking on the sidelines of the Hero World Challenge, Golfing Indian spoke to Dustin Johnson about how he fared in 2015 and his goals for 2016.

Johnson, who caim painfully close to a first major at last year's US Open believes 2015 was a standout year for him but there is still more to come as he aims to end that long drought for a top trophy.

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"I thought I had a real solid year. I was really competitive in a lot of events and had a lot of chances to win so I'm definitely pleased wtih the year I had," said Johnson.


"Next year I want to do the same thing. Just be consistent, keep doing exactly what I'm doing and put myself in a position to win.


"I'm pretty happy with everything. After this week, I'll take a couple of weeks off and then start really working on everything."



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Holman with his trophy.

Australian Nathan Holman won the European Tour co-sanctioned Australian PGA Championship in a three-way playoff at Royal Pines on Sunday.

Holman won on the first play-off hole with a par from American Harold Varner III and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli. Holman worked his way into contention for the play-off with a final round one-over 73 in tough playing conditions.

It was the second consecutive year the Gold Coast tournament was decided beyond the regulation 72 holes, but unlike last year's marathon seven-hole playoff between Australians Greg Chalmers, Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby, only one hole was needed.

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Holman, 24, held his nerve to make par on the 18th hole — one of the toughest in the new-look back nine at Royal Pines — while Varner and Frittelli both made bogeys.

The last international player to win the event was New Zealand's Greg Turner in 1989.

For his victory Holman will receive a full European Tour card for the next two years following a new co-sanctioning agreement with the Australian PGA.

Holman, Varner and Frittelli all finished on even par 288 for the tournament, a reflection of the windy conditions and the uncompromising nature of the remodelled back nine.

Varner only narrowly missed a nine-foot putt at the last, which would have seen him claim outright victory.

Holman looked poised to win it much earlier until nerves set in and he gave up back-to-back bogeys on the final two holes — the only blemishes on his card aside from a double-bogey on the first.

Zander Lombard, the 20-year-old former South African amateur who was tied for the overnight lead with Varner and Frittelli, finished fourth after a four-over-par 76.

Only six players managed to complete their final rounds below par, with the best score coming from Adam Stephens and South African Colin Nel, who both fired two-under-par 70s.

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Leading: Marc Leishman.

Australia's Marc Leishman opened up a one-shot lead as Swede Henrik Stenson lost his cool after the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City on Saturday.

Overnight leader Stenson had recovered from an air shot on the second for a three-shot lead with three to play, but a three-putt bogey on the 16th gave Leishman a way through and two final birdies gave the Australian a six-under par 66.

Stenson's frustration boiled over up as he slammed his bag to the ground after landing in the fairway bunker with his tee shot on the last, with the world number seven blaming the way the sand had been raked.

A bogey meant the Swede had to settle for a 70 to finish 13 under par, with South African Jaco van Zyl on 10 under and American Robert Streb a shot further back.

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"It was disappointing on the last to find a shocking rake job in the bunker. It was sitting down in a hole and I couldn't even get my lob wedge back onto the fairway," said Stenson, who had spend three days recovering from flu prior to the event.

"I was feeling better when I started but playing in 38 degrees certainly takes it out of you, so after the first 10, 11 holes I was really struggling.

"All in all I didn't play very well today and the short game and the putter kept the score together and that's why I'm still at the races tomorrow."

Leishman, who lost out in a three-man play-off for the British Open at St Andrews in July, said: "I saw Henrik was getting away a little bit so I had to try to do something to make it interesting for tomorrow."

"Hopefully I can have another good round like today and give him a run for his money."

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