DJ lays singular egg in initial turn of Memorial

Jun 2, 2017

DUBLIN, Ohio — The totalled expostulate came to rest 413 yards from where it started, a extraordinary arrangement of power, even for Dustin Johnson. That fact that he had only 56 yards remaining to a hole listed during 469 is a covenant to his ability to dominate.

Of course, that kind of length is of small value if we don’t take advantage, that a world’s No. 1-ranked actor unsuccessful to do.

Spieth 1 behind after clever finish during Memorial

David Lingmerth and Jason Dufner any shot a 7-under 65 to take a 1-shot lead during a Memorial, though Jordan Spieth was right behind them after finishing with 4 birdies in his final 5 holes Thursday.

He strike a comparatively bad crowd shot to a 17th immature (his eighth hole) and staid for par, a summary of his misfortune day on a golf march in 15 months.

Johnson unsuccessful to make a birdie on Thursday during a initial turn of a Memorial Tournament during Muirfield Village Golf Club on his approach to his misfortune measure given early in 2016.

His 6-over-par 78 enclosed a triple-bogey and a double-bogey after he three-putted from 5 feet. It was his initial turn but a birdie on a PGA Tour given a opening day of a 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

“The approach he drives a golf ball, he’s means to take advantage of a lot of holes,” pronounced Phil Mickelson, who along with William McGirt was in Johnson’s group. “And he had a few putts early on that lipped out that should have left in, starting on a 11th hole [his second], after attack a immature in two.

“And it kind of wore on him until he had one large mistake on 16 [a par-3 when he done a 6], and that was a tough thing.”

Johnson has been on a run of glorious golf starting a year ago during a Memorial, where he finished third.

Including that tournament, Johnson has 13 top-5 finishes in 24 tournaments, including 6 wins. One of those was a U.S. Open, where he will urge his pretension in dual weeks.

His before misfortune measure this year was a second-round 75 during a Wells Fargo Championship final month, his initial contest after blank a Masters due to a behind damage suffered when he fell on stairs in his let home.

“Earlier this year, before we harmed myself, we was personification unequivocally well,” Johnson pronounced before to a Memorial. “Everything was only unequivocally solid. But it’s removing behind to where we feel like I’m removing a lot some-more gentle and a lot some-more assured in a game.

“But my diversion from final year to this year is not unequivocally most different.”

It was Thursday, that really good competence be only a one-day deal. Johnson strike only 11 of greens and indispensable 35 putts. He did not criticism afterward.

The 78 was his top measure given he shot 79 in a final turn of a WGC-Cadillac Championship during Doral in Mar 2016. He shot 77 final year in a initial turn of a PGA Championship, one of dual places he’s missed a cut given a start of a 2016 season.

Johnson is expected on his approach to a missed cut here, as only 3 players shot worse in a initial round. He is 13 strokes behind leaders Jason Dufner and David Lingmerth.

The good news is that will give him some-more time to ready for a U.S. Open during Erin Hills, in Erin, Wisconsin, a venue he has nonetheless to see.

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