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US PGA Championship Positive start gives Dustin Johnson hope

Dustin Johnson started the US PGA Championship on the front foot and is confident he can maintain that form over the tournament.

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Positive start gives Dustin Johnson hope

(Omni Sports)

Dustin Johnson says his near-misses in the majors stand him in good stead, having taken an early lead at the US PGA Championship on Thursday.

The American shot a six-under opening round at Whistling Straits, with an impressive eagle at the 16th the highlight of his day.

Johnson has form for falling away on the big occasion, however, having spurned an opening-day lead to finish a shot behind Jordan Spieth at this year's U.S. Open, while also leading for the first two rounds of The Open last month, only to shoot back-to-back 75s.

Despite a major success continuing to elude the 31-year-old, he told Sky Sports: "At the end of the day it's just a game and when you try to do something special and be really good at something you're going to have faults and fall.

"You have to just take something positive out of it and move forward.

"I'm doing something right. Sunday is the day you base your week on. I've played very well on Sundays in major championships so I can get it done. My time will come.

"It's a golf course I like and I played well here in 2010, so I was excited to come back and play and get off to a good start.

"Even all the [11] pars I made, I had good looks at birdie. I hit the ball well. I controlled the ball really well. It was windy out there but I was hitting it solid. I hit a lot of great wedge shots."

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