AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dustin Johnson has had numerous late collapses in major championships. The 72nd-hole three-putt last year at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and the bunker mishap in 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits are the two that immediately spring to mind.
So, if ever Johnson were going to win a major championship, reason would suggest that he would need to win one coming from behind, with the help of a leader faltering.
Johnson began the day three shots behind Jordan Spieth, but promptly made double bogey on the par-4 fifth hole to become an afterthought. Then he rattled off four birdies over the next eight holes, and when Spieth made quadruple-bogey 7 on the 12th hole, Johnson was only two shots behind new leader Danny Willett.
But still, it happened again. Johnson couldn’t close the deal, or even put pressure on Willett for that matter. He missed a makeable 20-foot eagle putt on the 15th hole, missed a makeable 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th hole, then made double bogey on the 17th when his approach found the greenside bunker.
“I felt like I hit some pretty good putts that maybe the speed I hit a couple just a fraction too hard, but out here just a fraction off you miss,” Johnson said. “I hit a lot of good putts, I thought I made that didn’t go in, so just felt like I played tee to green just as good as anyone and I just didn’t hole enough putts.”
Johnson shot 73-71-72-71 and tied for fourth place with Paul Casey and J.B. Holmes.