Past performance is not indicative of future results. That's the message Zach Johnson sent on Tuesday at Whistling Straits, the site of the 2010 PGA Championship, where he finished tied for third with world No. 1 Rory McIlroy.
The reigning Open champion suggested that, just because he did well at this Pete Dye design five years ago, it doesn't portend a similar result this time.
"I've had weeks and tournaments on golf courses and come back and played really, really well, whether it was a win or close to the top," Johnson said, "and I've come back with extreme confidence and tanked it."
This is only Johnson's second tournament look at Whistling Straits, so it's hard to derive much from a one-off experience five years ago. However, it's been a very good summer for Johnson in events where he tends to do well. He was a shot out of the playoff Jordan Spieth ultimately won at the John Deere Classic and won his second career major at a tournament where he's made the cut in the last nine consecutive years.
"Maybe it's because I love (the Open)," he said. "Maybe I've got to start doing that in other tournaments. Mentally I go in there and I'm so excited to play, regardless of the venue of that tournament."
-- Ryan Ballengee reporting from Haven, Wis.