SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – This time, it was the first hole that wrecked Dustin Johnson in the final round of the PGA Championship.
Five years after a bunker fiasco on the final hole cost him a spot in a playoff at Whistling Straits, Johnson opened his closing round with a quadruple bogey.
Johnson started the final round six off the lead, but quickly fell 10 back.
“I drove it, just pushed it a little bit to the right on the first hole, one foot in the bunker, one foot out. I actually thought I hit a great shot from where I was,” Johnson said. “I was like 130 (yards to the) hole. I had a sand wedge. I hit it and then somehow it went 160 yards, over the green and then made a mess of it from there.”
Dustin Johnson's final-round PGA scorecard
Johnson needed four more shots to reach the green, going from rough to bunker to rough to bunker, and then finally on the green for a two-putt.
But that was just the beginning to a wild round. He didn’t have a par until the seventh hole and finished the day with two back-nine eagles, six birdies, three bogeys and that quad. Johnson, who led after an opening-round 66, closed in 3-under 69, good for a tie for seventh place.
“What a day,” Johnson said. “But what a comeback today. I played really well from then on into the house. Definitely proud about that. Obviously a little disappointed to get off to that kind of start, but that kind of comeback was key, I think. It gives me a lot of confidence, a lot of momentum going into the next few weeks.”