VERNON, N.Y. (WKTV) - Dustin Johnson says his life has not changed since winning his first PGA Tour event at last year's Turning Stone Resort Championship.
His game, on the other hand, most definitely has.
Since pocketing the more than $1 million awarded to Turning Stone's winner as a struggling rookie , Johnson has won again this season and is currently No. 15 on the Tour's Money List--the highest-earning player in this year's field.
"I was lacking a lot of confidence last year and kind of questioning what was going on; I was just in a bad slump," Johnson said on Wednesday in his first appearance at Atunyote Golf Club since holding up the 2008 trophy. "So winning here just boosted my confidence and I've kind of fed off that since then and kept it going."
In that victory, Johnson battled, cold, wind and rain to win by one stroke. The forecast this week calls for much of the same, but with both of his wins coming in rain-plagued events, Johnson isn't worried about the elements.
"It doesn't really bother me. I really learned to play in [these conditions] in college because it didn't matter what the weather was, my coach was making us play, practice, whatever." With a smile, Johnson added, "We didn't have a choice."
In his quest for a repeat, Johnson will be competing against a field scheduled to feature 16 other players in the top 50 on the Money List and eight major winners. His tee time for Thursday's first round is 12:35.