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A tearful Jason Day has withdrawn from the World Golf Championships to be with his mother Dening who has lung cancer. The world number three walked off the course after playing six holes of his match with Pat Perez in Austin, Texas.
USA TODAY

AUSTIN — World No. 1 Dustin Johnson doesn’t know if he intimidates anyone on the golf course.

Many others don’t have any doubts.

Johnson kept rolling along Thursday in the second session of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at windswept Austin Country Club, defeating two-time major champion Martin Kaymer, 3 and 2. In Wednesday’s first session, he walloped 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, 5 and 3. On Friday, he meets reigning PGA champ Jimmy Walker.

For more than a year now, it hasn’t mattered who Johnson has faced or where he’s faced them. With a blend of daunting power, menacing iron play and solid putting, the 2016 PGA Tour player of the year has five wins — including last year’s U.S. Open — two seconds, two thirds and four other top-10s in his last 17 starts worldwide.

He’s won in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, California and Mexico.

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And he’s won his last two starts. A win this week would make him the first since Rory McIlroy in 2014 to win three consecutive starts on the PGA Tour.

“I feel like I’ve been playing pretty well since the beginning of last year,” Johnson said in his usual soft voice. “I feel like it’s just been really solid, nothing has really changed. I didn’t have to change anything … keep working on the same things.”

Johnson is a man of few words. Always has been, always will…