10 - 13 April

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson: Will be playing in his fourth Masters this year.

Dustin Johnson: Will be playing in his fourth Masters this year.

Johnson's Masters record is yet to take off after finishes of 30th on debut in 2009 and 38th in both 2010 and 2011.

Fact Box

  • Johnson played the four par fives in 14-under in 2009. Only Greg Norman (-15 in 1995) has played the four long holes better.
  • He is one of just three players in Masters history to score back-to-back eagles (13 and 14 in 2009).
  • The big-hitting Johnson topped the Driving Distance stats in his first two Masters (308.4 yards in 2009 and 300.8 in 2010) and was ranked second (309.0) in that category last year.

But the South Carolina slugger has the game to contend at Augusta as he's exceptionally long and has the necessary short game skills, so it would come as no surprise were he to show up strongly on this year's leaderboard.

Of course, the 27-year-old could already be a multi-major winner having let one big opportunity go in each of the other three.

In 2010 he took a three-shot lead into the final round of the US Open at Pebble Beach before falling apart while, less than three months later, he fell foul of a rules decision that saw his play-off spot in the PGA Championship taken away.

Last year he was chasing down Darren Clarke in The Open at Royal St. George's before a double bogey at 14 ended his hopes and left him in a tie for second.

DJ isn't one to dwell though - his phlegmatic nature is another big strength - and he posted late-season FedEx Cup play-off wins in both 2010 and 2011 to prove that he'd put his disappointments in the majors behind him and also show that he thrives in elite company.

He's already posted top fives at Pebble Beach and Riviera this season so, despite the view that he's a bit of a non-thinking grip-it-and-rip-it merchant, he's a very fine player on America's most revered courses.

If his sometimes suspect putter behaves, he has the skill-sets to makes his first big challenge at Augusta.

Dustin's Vital Stats

  • DOB: 22/06/1984
  • Nationality: United States
  • Height: 6ft 4