Winning three straight PGA Tour events can do a lot for one's confidence. Even if the wins occurred over a month ago.
Dustin Johnson is playing in this week's Well Fargo Championship in Wilmington, N.C., which is his first event since injuring his back before the Masters.
Despite the long layoff, and limited practice time, Johnson, who is known for bouncing back from tough breaks, feels confident he can contend this week.
"I expect to play well. I feel like I haven't practiced much, but I've practiced enough to compete," Johnson said Wednesday, via golfchannel.com. "I was on a good roll, playing the best golf of my career leading into Augusta. I've had a lot more time off than I would have liked to have had. Still feel like I'm swinging really well, hit a few good shots out there today, but we'll just have to see."
Johnson, 32, slipped down the stairs of his rental home leading up the the Masters. The pain in his back ultimately forced him to withdraw before hitting a single shot. While many would have been sickened by such a huge missed opportunity, Johnson said it was only difficult while watching the event.
"It just happens. Crazy things happen," Johnson said. "The only time it was maybe tough was just watching the tournament, but after watching it after Sunday, it's been fine."
Adam Scott, who is playing this week for the first time since finishing T-9 at Augusta National, compared Johnson's early-season run to that of a former world No. 1.
"Those kind of runs are more like what we saw from Tiger (Woods) for so many years where he just continued to perform at a high level every time he pegged it up," Scott said of Johnson.
Johnson also missed the Masters in 2012 with a back injury he said he sustained while lifting a Jet Ski. He obviously bounced back from that disappointment, so there is no reason to believe he can't bounce back from this year's injury sooner than later.