St Andrews: Dustin Johnson refuses to get too downcast about his costly late blunder at last month`s U.S. Open and believes he has still "got what it takes" to land a breakthrough victory in a major championship.
The big-hitting American has been close several times and at Chambers Bay four weeks ago he had the trophy in his grasp before agonisingly three-putting the final hole to hand the title to compatriot Jordan Spieth.
"It gives me the confidence to know I have what it takes to win," Johnson told reporters ahead of this week`s British Open at St Andrews.
"I think I showed that at the U.S. Open. Coming down the back nine I was hitting the shots I wanted to hit, unfortunately the ball wasn`t bouncing in the hole.
"I played really well that week. I was happy with the way I played and the way I handled myself coming down the last few holes," Johnson said on Monday.
"It wasn`t too difficult to get over it. Obviously I was a little disappointed I didn`t get the job done but I was definitely happy with the way I played."
Johnson has suffered a string of major championship near-misses, starting at the 2010 U.S. Open where he fell away after going into the final round holding a three-stroke lead.
Two months later he was again at the top of the leaderboard with one hole to play at the U.S. PGA Championship but incurred a controversial two-shot penalty for grounding his club while deemed to be in a fairway bunker.
Johnson also finished joint runner-up behind Britain`s Darren Clarke at the 2011 British Open and he feels it is just a matter of time before he captures the first prize in one of the `Big Four` championships.
"I think every situation you learn from," he said. "I try to look at them as learning opportunities.
"Each one helps me get closer to actually getting a major."
Johnson will play alongside Spieth and Japan`s Hideki Matsuyama in Thursday`s first round at St Andrews.