Dustin Johnson assured us that there would be no hangover after his final-round bender at the U.S. Open, when he shot the worst closing score (82) by a third-round leader since 1911. (And as I’m sure you remember, Fred McCloud McLeod was never the same after shooting 83 in 1911. Well, he never won another major, anyway.)
Turns out Johnson’s probably still a little shell-shocked. He didn’t make it to the weekend in his first tournament since the U.S. Open, shooting 71-74 to miss the cut by two. (It probably didn’t help that his threesome of Davis Love III and Tiger Woods shot a combined 16-over the first two days.) Johnson made 11 bogeys in two rounds, and after leading the U.S. Open in greens in regulation, he only hit 58.3 percent this week.
How long will it take to recover? Links golf could suite the bombing Johnson’s game, but who knows. He had disappeared for stretches in his short career, logging just one top 10 in his next nine events after winning this year’s AT&T at Pebble Beach. Last year, Johnson had just two top 10s in 14 starts after winning the AT&T.
Johnson’s made a career out of Pebble Beach, earning $2,629,034 in three AT&Ts and the U.S. Open. Those four events make up 37 percent of his career earnings ($7,080,519). Can he take his game on the road? And will it hold up on Sunday? Johnson had the final round of his 2009 AT&T win washed out, shot a 74 to squeeze out this year’s AT&T by one, and then ballooned to an 82 at Pebble Beach in the U.S. Open.
So he’s still got some proving to do. Or he can just wait around until the U.S. Open comes back to Pebble Beach in 2019.
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