FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Dustin Johnson was on a wrong side of story during a final PGA Championship.
It wasn’t given Brooks Koepka, his best crony in golf, walked divided from Bellerive with a Wanamaker Trophy for his third vital championship. By finishing 10 shots behind, Johnson set a many problematic record by going 8 uninterrupted majors during No. 1 in a universe though winning any of them.
And a kick goes on.
He is behind to No. 1 for a May chronicle of a PGA Championship, still among a favorites during Bethpage Black given it’s a large golf march and he has large talent. He was a runner-up during a Masters and already has dual victories this year.
The No. 1 ranking means small some-more than pride.
Having usually one vital in 39 tries? That’s a small some-more irritating.
“Disappointed we wouldn’t go with,” Johnson said, maybe realizing that 21 victories worldwide would not advise his career has been a bust. “But a small undone infrequently usually given I’ve had utterly a few chances.”
Some of those chances are as noted as a one vital he won.
There was a three-shot lead during Pebble Beach that was left after dual holes in a 2010 U.S. Open on his approach to an 82. He missed out on a playoff in a PGA Championship after that year during Whistling Straits when he set his bar on lax silt though realizing it was a bunker. The 12-foot eagle putt he indispensable to win a 2015 U.S. Open during Chambers Bay incited into a three-putt standard and a china medal.
Last year during Shinnecock Hills in a U.S. Open, he went from a four-shot lead to a four-way tie going into a final round, and afterwards Koepka simply outplayed him.
His usually vital was during Oakmont, famous for Johnson carrying to play a final 7 holes though meaningful a measure given of a manners dispute. He won that 2016 U.S. Open with such a solid palm that it looked for certain some-more majors would follow.
While it’s still early — Johnson is usually 34 — he is fervent to supplement to a total.
Never mind a decades-old tag of best to have never won a major. Now it’s a best to have usually one major.
Since a universe ranking began in 1986, Johnson is among 12 players who were among a tip 10 in a universe when they won their initial vital and haven’t won another. The list starts with Ian Woosnam and Fred Couples in a early 1990s. It includes David Duval and Davis Love III.
The some-more stream organisation facilities Johnson, Justin Rose, Adam Scott and Jason Day, all of whom have reached No. 1 in a world.
“It’s tough to win majors,” Johnson said. “If it was easy, a lot of guys would have a lot some-more than they do. But it’s usually tough. They’re always on tough golf courses, and you’ve got to put 4 good rounds together. A lot of times that’s tough to do on unequivocally tough courses.”
It seems ridiculous now given Tiger Woods is sitting on 15 majors, though removing that second one was important. Woods had won a 1997 Masters by 12 shots and afterwards went 10 majors without. He altered his swing, his agent, his caddie. And afterwards he hold on for a one-shot feat during Medinah in a 1999 PGA Championship.
“It was a large understanding to get a second vital championship and get a numbers to start to accrue,” Woods pronounced Tuesday. “It usually started a momentum, and we can see what happened in 2000, 2001 and 2002. But we consider ’99 was a large impulse to kick-start all that transpired.”
Rory McIlroy didn’t have to wait that long. One year and dual months after his record-setting U.S. Open feat during Congressional, he won by 8 shots during Kiawah Island in a PGA Championship. He recalls entrance adult a 18th fairway with a lead large adequate to concede him to realize, “I’m about to spin a mixed vital champion.”
“There’s a lot of one-time vital winners,” McIlroy said. “But afterwards when we can call yourself a mixed vital champion, that’s flattering cool. You join another list, and afterwards we arrange of try to keep going.”
He is now during 4 majors, one immature coupler bashful of a career Grand Slam. Jordan Spieth won his initial vital during a 2015 Masters, and a subsequent one dual months after (at Johnson’s expense) during Chambers Bay. He, too, is one vital brief — a PGA Championship — of a career slam.
Koepka final year became a initial actor to win back-to-back in a U.S. Open in 29 years. Equally critical was carrying dual majors, even if he kept a same trophy.
“You get a initial one and it’s, ‘Oh, this is awesome.’ And afterwards existence sets in,” Koepka said. “It’s not, ‘Was it a fluke?’ But there’s been a lot of guys who usually won one. Can we spin that one in two? And from two, boom. Keep this rolling.”
Johnson stands out among his stream organisation of one-time vital champions given he is a inclusive winner. When he won by 5 shots in Mexico City, he became a youngest actor given Woods to strech 20 PGA Tour victories.
He hopes a subsequent one is a major, a earlier a better.