Confidence no problem for DJ

04 April 2018 09:19:38 EST

Dustin Johnson says his confidence levels are nearly as high as last year as he prepares to start his bid to win the Masters at Augusta.

The world number one was hotly tipped to contend 12 months ago, only for a freak accident to rule him out of action due to a back problem.

Johnson arrived at Augusta in 2017 on the back of three victories in the two months running up to the Masters and, while his form is not quite so stellar this time around, the American is still upbeat about his chances.

He told reporters: "Well, last year I was about as confident as I've ever been, so it was probably a ten. This year it's probably a nine and a half.

"Coming into last year obviously I was playing very well and it was very disappointing not to be able to play, but it was a year ago, so a lot of things have happened since then.

"This year's a completely different year and I'm really looking forward to coming into this year, especially after missing last time.

"I'm always excited to come back here and play. I feel like my game is in really good shape and I've got a lot of confidence coming into this week."

Thirty-three-year-old Johnson, the 2016 US Open champion, finished tied for sixth and tied for fourth at Augusta in 2015 and 2016 respectively, having previously not registered a top-ten finish in the first Major of the season.

He is available at 1500/1 to win the Masters this weekend, while he can be backed at 40/1 to be the top American and is available at 1/1 to secure a top-ten finish once again.

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