Dustin Johnson dropped the ball at the WGC-HSBC Champions - both literally and figuratively.
In his effort to win a second WGC-HSBC, Dustin Johnson began Sunday's final round just one back of 54 hole co-leaders Russell Knox and Kevin Kisner. Eighteen holes and 71 strokes later, DJ settled into a tie for fifth, four shots back of winner Knox.
DJ was rolling and very much in control early in the round, carding three birdies (and one bogey) across his first seven holes. Then, No. 8 happened.
Standing on the eighth tee, DJ trailed Knox by a shot. DJ's wedge into the eighth green covered the flag and an easy birdie opportunity appeared inevitable. Instead, DJ's ball struck the pin, bounced off the green and settled into a creek. Birdie quickly became double bogey when he missed a 5-footer to save bogey. He was unable to recover, adding another bogey at the 10th to just two birdies on the closing nine.
A disappointing finish for DJ, who just two years ago set the tournament scoring record at Sheshan International en route to victory. He did not return to defend his title in 2014 because of a six-month leave of absence that sidelined him until February.