ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – With a one-stroke lead and a benign golf course awaiting the field for Round 3 at St. Andrews, Dustin Johnson appeared poised to boat race the Open Championship and finally win his first major.
But Johnson, who three-putted the 72nd hole at last month’s U.S. Open to finish a shot behind eventual champion Jordan Spieth, started slowly, playing the front nine at the Old Course in 1 over.
When he rebounded with a birdie at the 15th hole there was still a glimmer of hope, but he bogeyed his last three holes and will begin the final round five strokes off the lead.
“I felt like I was playing pretty good,” said Johnson, who carded one of just 11 over-par rounds on Sunday (75). “Obviously today is the easier of the three days that we've played golf by quite a few shots. I played the worst round, and I don't feel like I played that bad. It's definitely frustrating.”
Johnson, who played his first 27 holes in 10 under and his last 27 in 3 over, said he still felt like he had a chance to win on Monday but it will take a special round.
“I'll be way out before the leaders, so get out early and get off to a really good start maybe, you never know what happens,” he said.