DUBLIN, Ohio – Dustin Johnson hates to skip cuts. Only once given 2013 has Johnson, a world’s top-ranked golfer, missed some-more than dual cuts in a same season. An opening 78 during The Memorial positively finished his charge of removing to a weekend difficult, and when he answered with 74, he was done.
Big picture, though, carrying a weekend off could infer fruitful.
Johnson, 32, was headed from Ohio to Wisconsin, where he now will spend a weekend tuning adult for a upcoming U.S. Open during Erin Hills. He has not seen a golf march and designed to revisit on Tuesday and Wednesday of subsequent week. Instead, he’ll fly behind to Columbus for a NetJets tour on Monday afterwards conduct home to Florida, where he and his fiancée, Paulina Gretzky, are getting prepared to acquire a second son to a family unequivocally soon. (A C-Section smoothness has been scheduled, yet Johnson would not brief a beans on a date. “I’ll get in trouble,” he said, smiling.)
“I hatred blank a cut, though it indeed works out well,” Johnson pronounced as he altered boots and packaged adult his effects upstairs in a locker room during Muirfield Village. “Now I’ll get to be home Monday.”
Johnson was one of usually dual players not to make a birdie in a opening round, a initial time he’d left birdie-less over 18 holes given a initial turn of a 2013 WGC-Bridgestone down a highway in Akron – which was usually 1,401 days ago. His 78 was his top measure on Tour given a shutting 79 during a 2016 WGC-Cadillac during Doral.
“I can play maladroit and we feel we can make a birdie,” he said.
Know this: He won’t be withdrawal Memorial panicking about a state of his game. For a many part, Johnson pronounced he gathering it excellent and strike some good iron shots, though simply had too many odd, in-between yardages, some bad breaks, incurred a bad hillside pursuit in a fort and endured dual uncharacteristically bad days with a putter.
“I don’t know what we had, though felt like we had 40 putts (each day) for a initial dual rounds,” he said. “I had a lot of them.”
Johnson had 65 putts over dual days, ranked 119th in Strokes Gained; Putting (-6.903), and holed usually 90 feet of sum putts over 36 holes. The stats will uncover he three-putted a sixth hole to make double spook on Thursday, though he was usually inches off a immature and used his dabble 4 times. It registers in his book as a four-putt. He did not pronounce with reporters after his 78.
“Yesterday, to me, felt like a best I’ve ever played with a comprehensive misfortune score,” he said. “I felt like we gathering it good, we strike a lot of unequivocally good iron shots, and we finished 0 putts. we had a three-putt, a four-putt – I count 6 as a four-putt. we theory it’s technically a three-putt, though it was a four-putt. we was negative-6 yesterday in strokes gained: putting. Even today, we strike it fine.”
So instead of spending a weekend chasing down his fourth PGA Tour feat of a season, Johnson was off to Erin Hills to start game-planning for a U.S. Open, to be played Jun 15-18. Erin Hills is a large ballpark and requires a long, strenuous walk, so his pushing abilities and chosen aptness positively will help. Johnson captured a 2016 U.S. Open during Oakmont, and will try to turn a initial actor given Curtis Strange (1988-89) to win a championship behind to back. In truth, he could be going for his third title, carrying stood over a 12-footer for eagle to win a 2015 U.S. Open during Chambers Bay. But he three-putted, blank a 4-foot comebacker, and mislaid by one to Jordan Spieth.)
“It’s only a very, unequivocally formidable contest to win,” he said. “It’s always tough. Deep rough, (and) greens are always organisation and fast, generally. It’s only a tough contest to win.
“I like unequivocally tough golf courses. we tend to concentration some-more and play better. we like meaningful standard is a good measure for some reason. we don’t know why. we play improved when I’m personification for pars.”
This week during Jack’s Place, he simply didn’t make adequate of them. It wasn’t his week. That happens. But this was no jarring result, or something that influenced means to panic. His subsequent stop is a U.S. Open and missed cut or not, Johnson will be a favorite.
The best part? He knows it.