Dustin Johnson: World number one 'felt good' on comeback

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson is aiming to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2007-08 to claim four consecutive victories on the PGA Tour
Wells Fargo Championship, first round
-6 Molinari (Ita); -5 Noren (Swe), Holmes, Murray, Campbell (all US); -4 Martin, Duke (both US), Power (Ire).
Selected others:-2 D Johnson (US), Owen, Casey (both Eng); -1 Laird (Sco), McDowell (NI), Mickelson (US).
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World number one Dustin Johnson "felt good physically" after making his return to competitive action at the Wells Fargo Championship.

The American, 32, carded a first round two-under-par 70, leaving him four shots behind leader Francesco Molinari.

The US Open champion withdrew on the first tee of the Masters first round, a day after falling on stairs in his rental home and hurting his lower back.

"I hit the ball great, no issues," Johnson told reporters .

"I just need to get some more rounds in, get some more reps, but I feel like the golf swing is in good shape.

"If I hit it like I did on Thursday over the next few days, I will be right there on Sunday."

Johnson, who was the only top-10 player in the field in North Carolina, is looking to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2007-08 to secure four consecutive victories on the PGA Tour.

He has already triumphed at the Genesis Open,WGC Mexico Championship and WGC Match Play this year.

He added: "Since I had not played in so long I am happy with the way I played. I did not score that great, did not hole many putts. I felt like I hit good putts, just nothing was going in. All in all I am very pleased with the day."

England's Greg Owen and Paul Casey are the highest-placed Britons on two under par, four shots off the lead.

Johnson will aim to defend his US Open title at this year's tournament in Wisconsin, starting on 15 June.

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