Dustin Johnson’s putting sinks him on Day 1 of US Open

ERIN, Wis. — Blame Dustin Johnson’s putter, not his baby son, for his bad turn during a U.S. Open.

The fortifying champion, who didn’t arrive until Tuesday afternoon after a birth of his second son, shot a 3-over 75 in a initial turn during Erin Hills on Thursday. It was his misfortune turn during a U.S. Open given 2013.

“I only didn’t putt unequivocally well,” Johnson said. “I missed a lot of unequivocally good opportunities. That was a large pivotal for me. If we don’t three-putt, we fire even. But if we only make one or dual of a good looks we have, it’s a integrate under.

“I didn’t strike it great, though we strike it good adequate to fire a good score.”


The world’s No. 1 actor looked unbeatable early in a season, winning 3 uninterrupted starts heading into a Masters. But a day before that contest began, he harmed his behind and left bend when he slipped on a stairs during his let house.

Johnson warmed adult though fast motionless it would be unfit to play.

He returned a month later, during a Wells Fargo Championship, and tied for second. But after top-15 finishes during The Players Championship and a ATT Byron Nelson, he missed a cut during The Memorial.

Getting a weekend off indeed worked out good for Johnson, who used a astonishing giveaway time to get in a few use rounds during Erin Hills. 

Those came in accessible when River Jones Johnson was innate Monday, causing Johnson to skip a full day of use for a U.S. Open.

“Everything feels good,” he said. “The dabble was feeling unequivocally good. But we felt like — like we said, we felt like we rolled it where we was looking. Just didn’t get it in a hole.”

All a time he spent in a fescue didn’t help, either.

Johnson had to hasten to make standard after burying his tee shot in a prolonged weed on a par-4 12th. Two holes later, he attempted to lay adult on his second shot and found a grain again instead, looking as if he was regulating a scythe as he took his use swings.

The round trafficked 100 yards, during most, before entrance to rest in a severe above a greenside bunker. After chipping onto a green, Johnson three-putted for a double bogey.

“Where we laid it adult in a hay, that’s where it went wrong,” he said. “And afterwards we got on a immature and three-putted for a double. It was a good hole we played there.”

He three-putted for another spook on 15. After a birdie on a par-3 16th, he was off in a fescue again on 17. Twice, no less.

If he’s looking for a commemoration for a baby, he competence wish to cruise a pressed cow that’s being sole in a sell store. It’s named “Fescue.”

Johnson steadied himself from there, personification his behind 9 but a bogey. 

Still, with Rickie Fowler sharpened 7 under, he has belligerent to make up.

“I strike adequate fairways currently to fire a good score. But I’ve really got to hurl it better,” Johnson said. “I’m overhanging good, all feels good, we only need to make some-more putts here.”

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