FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — The diversion can seem easy for him, so most so that it seems usually a bit of worry for Dustin Johnson. The tender power, a athleticism, a softened crowd diversion are all factors that supplement adult to a golfer who has all a mixture to dominate.
So given is he incompetent to move home some-more of a loyal championship hardware?
There is something to be pronounced for putting yourself in position, giving yourself opportunities. It is improved to be there and come adult brief than never even get there during all.
But Johnson’s runner-up finish to Brooks Koepka on Sunday during a PGA Championship is nonetheless another frustrating run of vital championship disappointment.
To be sure, this is not on a turn of his three-putt on a final immature during Chambers Bay in 2015 to palm a U.S. Open to Jordan Spieth. Or a final-round implosion during Pebble Beach in 2010 that cost him a possibility during a U.S. Open. Or even a careless iron shot in 2011 during Royal St. George’s that led to a runner-up finish during The Open.
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And yet, Sunday’s finish was heavy nonetheless. Yes, he was 7 strokes behind to start a day, and few figured Koepka would be challenged given a approach he had bullied a brag that is Bethpage Black and built a 54-hole advantage that had never been overcome in any vital championship.
But Koepka did falter, and Johnson did surge, to a indicate of shutting within one shot with 3 holes to play usually to spook not one, though dual of those finishing holes — and remove by two.
“The final 3 holes is what got me,” Johnson said. “Walking off 15 immature [where he done birdie all 4 days] and station in a 16th fairway, I’m during 8 underneath and strike dual unequivocally good shots there. And we don’t know how my turn went over a immature there. Obviously, it’s not a mark where we can go. we strike a good chip and a good putt and done a 5.”
Suddenly, a play that had built over a prior 30 mins was flattering most gone. Koepka, who had bogeyed 4 true holes by a 14th — and walked off a immature conference shrill chants of “D.J., D.J., D.J.” — could breathe again.
And when Johnson done another spook during a 17th, it was all though over.
The 490-yard, par-4 16th valid to be a difference. It ranked as a hardest hole on a march Sunday, personification to an normal of 4.61. Johnson strike a 300-yard expostulate into a fairway and had 194 yards to a hole.
“Wind was utterance in my face a small bit off a right,” he said. “I indeed roughly went behind and grabbed a 4-iron — we strike a 5-iron — given we didn’t consider a 5 was going to even come close, formed on a shots that we strike progressing in a turn into a wind. That breeze was usually eating a turn adult when you’re attack into it.
“So we usually attempted to strike kind of a small low draw. Hit a shot we wanted to right during a flag. we don’t know how it flew 200 yards into a breeze like that.”
Johnson missed his standard putt from 8 feet, and a questions arise again.
Why not some-more of a large ones?
Johnson was one of usually 10 players to mangle standard Sunday, his measure of 69 bested by usually dual players. He had a best measure of any actor who started a final turn in a tip 20. And for a second true vital championship, he finished second.
But it wasn’t a victory, and that 2016 U.S. Open win during Oakmont is looking extremely lonely. Johnson could and should be a mixed vital winner. And during some point, a tighten calls turn some-more disastrous than positive.
Johnson has 20 PGA Tour victories, putting him among some singular company. When he got to that sum in Feb during a WGC-Mexico Championship, he was a initial to cranky that threshold given Davis Love III in 2008.
He has had wins in any of his initial 11 seasons on a PGA Tour, played on Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams and also has dual European Tour victories. Five of his wins are in World Golf Championship events, that have fields that opposition those in a majors.
But his vital record is pocked with nearby misses and should-have-beens. He now has 9 top-fives in vital championships and has finished a career Grand Slam of second-place finishes. He has 10 top-10s in his past 16 vital starts.
If anything, Johnson has been resilient. The Pebble Beach blow-up 9 years ago didn’t keep him from contending during that year’s PGA Championship — where an barbarous 72nd-hole manners defilement cost him dual shots and a possibility during a playoff. The misfired 2-iron on a 14th hole of a final turn during Royal St. George’s a year after finished adult in a rabble bin, though he didn’t scowl for long.
Even a 72nd-hole three-putt — a 12-footer for eagle would have won, a 3-footer for birdie would have tied — during a 2015 U.S. Open was short-lived. Johnson was a 36-hole personality during The Open that year before fading, though afterwards came behind a following year to win during Oakmont.
Last year’s U.S. Open saw him get some bad luck, as Shinnecock Hills became roughly unplayable in a late afternoon, his second-round lead declining with a measure of 77.
Johnson was holding no satisfaction in a Runner-Up Slam and pronounced it’s “a small frustrating infrequently usually given I’ve had utterly a few chances, and I’ve felt like a few of them we unequivocally didn’t do anything [wrong]. we played well. But that’s usually how it is. It’s tough to win majors. If it was easy, a lot of guys would have a lot some-more than they do.”
Koepka found that out Sunday. Cruising by 54 holes, unexpected a diversion became difficult. He remarkable a stress, and Johnson did his best to put a vigour on, creation 3 front-nine birdies and afterwards pulling within one cadence with his birdie during a 15th hole. “I was in shock,” Koepka said. “I was in startle of what was going on.”
But presented with a good opportunity, it was Johnson who flinched.
Koepka took over a No. 1 mark from Johnson, who has mentored a younger golfer to a grade and has now seen him win 4 vital championships given Koepka won his first.
Johnson has some-more wins, though Koepka has a bigger trophies. And that has to sting.