DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The hermit of Dustin Johnson was disposition on a wall outward a caddie area when a phone rang. It was a world’s No. 1 player, and Austin Johnson headed out to a use operation during Muirfield Village. It was time to get behind to work.
The doubt going into Friday during a Memorial was for how long?
Johnson doesn’t get worried by much, and when he does, not for long. The opening spin during a Memorial certain was no exception, generally deliberation all a setbacks he already has endured in his career.
But it was a stinker.
David Lingmerth and Jason Dufner had no difficulty doing a slick greens of Muirfield Village in a opening round. Both done spook on a final hole and still managed a 7-under 65 for a one-shot lead.
Johnson didn’t conduct a singular birdie.
He had a triple spook on a 16th hole when he strike his tee shot into a H2O and afterwards three-putted. He had a three-putt from 4 feet on a sixth hole when he incited a standard into double bogey. He also done spook for a fort on a par-3 fourth.
It combined to a 78, and it left a U.S. Open champion in apocalyptic need of a low measure Friday afternoon in his final contest before going home to Florida for a birth of his second child, and afterwards creation his approach adult to Wisconsin to see if he can spin a initial actor given Curtis Strange in 1989 to win back-to-back in a U.S. Open.
The final time he didn’t make a birdie was scarcely 4 years ago during a Bridgestone Invitational. In his 714 rounds on a PGA Tour, it was usually a sixth time that has happened.
Johnson didn’t have most to say, walking to a hall most neglected as Spieth, personification in a organisation forward of him, was before a cameras.
There wasn’t most to say.
Remember, Johnson had a widen final summer of 6 uninterrupted tip 10s, including that U.S. Open feat during Oakmont and another World Golf Championship pretension during Firestone. He went to Baltusrol for a PGA Championship, a large golf march that was matched ideally for him, and he missed a cut.
Coming off 3 true tip 10s to start a year, including a runner-up finish in Abu Dhabi, Johnson missed a cut during Torrey Pines.
It happens. And his greeting typically is a same: a shrug of a shoulders.
Think behind to dual years ago when Johnson had a 12-foot eagle putt on a 18th hole of Chambers Bay to win a U.S. Open. The putt slid by a crater and ran about 4 feet by. He missed that putt, too, and unexpected Spieth was a U.S. Open champion.
That’s harmful stuff. In a automobile withdrawal a golf march with all his family, including Wayne Gretzky, his destiny father-in-law.
“He goes passed silent. No one is observant a word,” Johnson said. “I incited around and I’m like, ‘Guys, it’s only a golf tournament.’ But they were some-more dissapoint about it than we was.”
That doesn’t meant he doesn’t get irritated, and Thursday was no exception.
He strike onto a behind of a immature on a par-5 11th in two, strike a peculiarity loiter down a mountain to about 5 feet and saw his birdie putt locate a lip. He strike a hole again with an 8-foot birdie try on a 13th. And afterwards a genuine repairs was on a par-3 16th.
There were a dozen eagles in a opening round, nonetheless zero spin heads some-more than Johnson’s tee shot on a 17th hole. Yes, a zephyr was during his back. Yes, he was entrance off a triple bogey. But 413 yards ? The turn was past a bunkers that splash in a fairways, down a mountain and only brief of a immature that guards a slope adult toward a putting surface. It would have been reasonable to consider someone had strike into a fort and motionless to lay adult brief of a bunkers.
Spieth, Justin Thomas and Kevin Kisner couldn’t assistance though demeanour behind from a immature during a golf turn that unequivocally shouldn’t have been there.
Johnson still done par.
He was too tighten to a hole — 57 yards — to get anything close, and he lagged a 35-footer for his 4.
“The approach he drives a golf ball, he’s means to take advantage of a lot of holes,” Phil Mickelson pronounced after personification alongside him. “And he had a few putts early on that lipped out that should have left in, starting on a 11th hole, after attack a immature in two. And it kind of wore on him until he had one large mistake on 16 and that was a tough thing.”
As for a 17th hole?
“A flip crowd in, and nonetheless didn’t unequivocally have most of a shot where a pin was,” Mickelson said. “So he had a few times where he strike good shots, though wasn’t unequivocally rewarded.”
It’s only a golf tournament. He has another spin Friday, though no pledge of some-more until he gets to a U.S. Open.
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