DJ shoots first-round 71 with replacement caddie


ARDMORE, Pa. – It was a new face on Dustin Johnson’s bag on Thursday at the U.S. Open but a familiar result.

Johnson is tied for 16th after a 1-over 71 at Merion playing with a replacement caddie, Keith Sbarbaro, who is the vice president of Tour operations for TaylorMade-Adidas.

Johnson has had success with Sbarbaro on the bag in the past. The two teamed up to finished runner-up at the 2011 BMW International Open on the European Tour and again later that year at the Australian Open and Presidents Cup.

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Johnson’s normal caddie, Bobby Brown, took the week off to be at home with his wife, who just gave birth.