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Dustin Johnson has vowed to learn from past experiences as he aims to clinch his first major title at the Masters. Ecco Shoes NZ . Johnson fell agonisingly short at the US Open last year, conceding the title to Jordan Spieth with a three-putt, before two consecutive rounds of 75 ended his hopes at The Open in July.But the world No 9, who has recorded three top-10 finishes from his last four tournaments, is confident he can learn from his past experiences and break his major duck.   Zach Johnson has brought along the Claret Jug he won at The Open in St Andrews last year I still feel like my times coming, said Johnson. Ive just got to keep putting myself in position to have a chance to win. One of these days I will get it done.I dont look at any of them as scar tissue. I try to take every situation, good or bad, and just try to learn from them and use the experience that I had. You know, even like last year at the U.S. Open, to me, that gives me a lot of confidence; if Im in that situation on Sunday, I know I can get it done.This year, I feel like Im coming in with a pretty solid game. I feel like every part of my game is improving. I felt like Ive got a lot of confidence in every part of my game right now, especially with my wedges. I think thats something thats going to help me around here.You know, I think short game and putting is the key around here. I feel like I hit the ball pretty well most of the time. I think if I chip and putt it well, bunkers well, then Im going to compete and have a chance to win on Sunday. Zach Johnson missed out on a first major at the US Open in 2015 Meanwhile, 2007 Masters champions Zach Johnson has been preparing for the Masters in an unusual way by setting up parts of his home course to mimic the conditions in Georgia. This is the one major where we play at the same site every year, so I feel like I dont need to play (the week before), he said. This one, I take the week off, because of what I do at home.The superintendent, what he does to the course.... its not Augusta, but we make it extreme, and that helps when I get here. (He has) very, very tight lies around the greens and fast greens. Zach Johnson won the Masters in 2007 by two shots at one-over-par, the highest winning total at the event He had our practice putting green rolling over 14 (on the stimpmetre) and he took a lot of the grain out. Its a different type of grass, but speeds speed. He actually did some other things around the greens to try to mimic here, but it was even more extreme.Johnson, who has had a mixed bag of results this season finishing fifth in the Arnold Palmer invitational but missing the cut at the Honda Classic, declared that he always feels inspired when he steps out onto Augustas fairways.As he prepares to compete in his 12th Masters, the American has brought along The Opens prized Claret Jug as an extra lift. I saw the Claret Jug last night for the first time in a long time, he added. Staring at that thing and touching, it gives you a lift.My team, if you will, of individuals, guys that I certainly trust - coaches, what-not - have had it (the Jug in their possession). I did get it back this past evening. Thats what its about. I want it to be shared.Youre talking about two of the biggest, iconic symbols in sports. To have that honour to don the (Masters) Green Jacket and drink out of the Claret Jug is pretty special. Im still in awe and pinching myself knowing Ive got one of each. Wholesale Ecco Shoes NZ Ecco NZ Sale .com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve Tuesday. . The 20-year-old Pelicans big man glanced up and smiled widely at the well-wishers -- a fitting end to a day he wont soon forget. Davis responded to his selection earlier in the day as a Western Conference All-Star with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-91 on Friday night.Three-time world champion Marcel Rocque has accepted a position to oversee the Chinese Curling Associations mens and womens teams for the 2013-14 curling season, including the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Edmonton native played lead for Randy Ferbeys rink, which won four Brier titles from 2001-2005. "I will have an opportunity to experience an Olympic Winter Games, which is the only thing that isnt on my list of accomplishments in the sport," said Rocque. "Although I dreamed of this experience as a playeer with the Ferbey Four, trying to provide assistance as a coach would be the next best thing. Discount Ecco Shoes NZ. " Since retiring as an active player, Rocque joined the coaching ranks, focusing particularly on sweeping techniques at various camps around the country. "Marcel has been a wonderful ambassador for curling in our country," said CCA Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. "This is another example of how Canadian curlers are looking to build the sport, not only at home but around the world." ' ' '