Zach Johnson going for third win in a row at Sony Open in Honolulu

Zach Johnson holds the trophy after winning the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii,  on Sunday. Johnson will be the favourite at this week’s Sony Open in Honolulu. Photograph: Marco Garcia/AP Photo

Zach Johnson holds the trophy after winning the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, on Sunday. Johnson will be the favourite at this week’s Sony Open in Honolulu. Photograph: Marco Garcia/AP Photo

Thu, Jan 9, 2014, 01:00

Zach Johnson is keeping his recent form in perspective as he seeks his third win in a row in the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Johnson won the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in spectacular fashion in December, holing a pitch shot for par on the 72nd hole to force a play-off with world number one Tiger Woods, which he won on the first extra hole.

The world number seven then returned to action last week by claiming the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but is not getting too carried away by his winning streak.

“We’re talking about two tournaments,” said Johnson, whose sole major title to date came at Augusta in 2007.

Sole major
“The last two tournaments I beat 17 guys and 29 guys, so a little perspective there too. They were not full-field events.

“I definitely feel like I’ve put myself in a place that this is a little foreign to me. Some of the numbers I’m not exactly comfortable with or have never been to, meaning top 10 in the world, that kind of thing.

“But I’m also a realist. I know this game at some point could beat me up again so I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing, try to keep things very simple.

Simple as possible
“But winning a lot of golf tournaments in a row or multiple times in a four-month stretch, I’m not that accustomed to yet. I hope I can get more accustomed to it. I don’t think it’s going to be that big a deal because I’m going to try to keep things as simple as possible.

“It seems to me the best players in the world that I’ve witnessed and watched, they don’t play as much as I have in the past, but when they get to the golf course, they do the same exact thing, and that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m going to try to keep doing what I’m doing.”

World number two Adam Scott is also in the field at Waialae, and 2013 PGA Tour rookie of the year Jordan Spieth, who was second behind Johnson last week.