UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Dustin Johnson saw how quickly things can unravel late in the afternoon at Chambers Bay.
Better get used to it – he’ll be in the penultimate group Saturday at the U.S. Open.
Bashing his way to the lead in the second round, Johnson bogeyed three of his last five holes Friday to sit one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.
“Tomorrow is going to be a good test. I would imagine, they’re going to set it up pretty hard,” he said. “I’ve got a good game plan out here; I just need to stick to it.”
Johnson, who shot 71 and is at 4-under 136, bogeyed No. 14 after a three-putt, missed 10-foot birdie tries on Nos. 15 and 16, failed to get up-and-down after a bunkered tee shot on 17 and then recorded the 51st bogey of the day on the difficult home hole.
Of all those miscues, he said he’d most like a mulligan on his final tee shot, which drifted right into the bunker.
“You can’t do that,” Johnson said, and with his ball sitting down he hit his second shot heavy, into the bunker short of the green. His ball plugged, and his third shot scooted past the flag and 50 feet away. He was fortunate to two-putt from there for a bogey and a sour end to his day.
“Still got 36 holes of golf, and a lot can happen,” he said. “I like where I’m at.”