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Dustin Johnson is not used to being a sideshow though there were times when even a world’s series one golfer contingency have famous his place during Royal Birkdale on Friday.
While Rory McIlroy fed off a home support with dual birdies in his initial 3 holes and an outward-nine 31, his American personification partner grappled with a elements during a British Open as swirling crosswinds and drying greens tested his diversion to a limit.
A somewhat unhappy Johnson finished on 72, dual over for a day and 3 over for a tournament, that will be good adequate to make a cut though substantially deficient to mountain a genuine contest challenge.
A spook during a last, after anticipating one of Birkdale’s 123 bunkers, summed adult his formidable day.
“I theory I’m usually not personification that good. we strike a flattering good expostulate on a final hole, we usually didn’t consider we was going to strech that bunker,” he said. “You strike it in a bunker, and you’re going to have a tough time removing a par.”
That represented a unsatisfactory finish to an differently plain behind nine, with birdies on 12 and 15 and usually one other spook on 13.
While his Irish personification partner was brought adult on links golf, Johnson has found a conditions a universe divided from a South Carolina courses on that he honed his technique. But he chose not to offer a continue as an excuse.
“I wish we could censure it on a wind. Just struggling a bit with a irons, not attack a shots we wanted to. we strike a few good shots out there. But currently was unequivocally tough,” he said. “Yesterday we usually didn’t play unequivocally well. But currently was unequivocally difficult. we felt like we gathering it all right.”
Generally he showed control, nonetheless one furious shot during a ninth struck a publisher for a Irish Times on a face. Unlike Thursday, when a external 9 valid harder, a central holes were some-more contrast on Friday when crosswinds disrupted everyone’s line.
“You get a integrate of holes — not too many holes in a wind, maybe dual holes downwind, maybe a integrate of tee shots, 1 and 10 and 4 is about a usually holes we get downwind, a rest of them are crosswind. It seems like currently we played a lot of in and across,” he said.
Although Johnson confirmed he can still post “a good score” on Saturday to get himself “back in a tournament”, he knows his chances of a initial British Open pretension to supplement to final year’s US Open delight might have gone.
For McIlroy it could be a opposite story. “Yeah, he’s personification flattering good. He’s 1-under par. That’s flattering good by dual rounds. Obviously got off to a severe start yesterday, though battled back. And got off to a unequivocally good start today,” Johnson said.
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