I’m very glad to see Dustin Johnson come through on a Sunday, and do what it takes to win a huge tournament (this week’s BMW a.k.a. round three of the FedEx Cup playoffs).
Losing the opportunity to win the US OPEN and the PGA Championship in one season could have been very damaging to Dustin’s psyche, or it could have toughened him up and given him the experience he needed to deal with the pressure.
Apparently the latter was the case.
Congrats to Dustin. I’m guessing there will be many more victories, including majors coming down the line for him. I can’t wait to watch. I’m officially a DJ fan.
Phil Mickelson lost two shots to par today, and lost considerable ground. He and Ernie Els sit seven shots from Dustin Johnson’s lead of -6. Tiger Woods fired a 66 to put himself in the 3rd spot on the leaderboard, five shots back. In solo second is Graeme McDowell, three shots back.
Tiger Woods is five back. Does he have enough game right now to make up the lead? Typically leaders don’t run away and hide on Sunday at a US OPEN.
Graeme McDowell is three back and will be playing in the final group. I don’t expect him to win, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him shoot a round in the high 70’s under the pressure of the situation.
Phil Micelson and Ernie Els have a remote chance if they go low and Dustin Johnson gags.
Mike Weir had a ton of media coverage on Thursday after shooting a round of 71. Since then he’s followed it up with rounds of 79 and 83.
Tom Watson must have found the golf fountain of youth. He’s T16 going into Sunday. Very cool.
Leader Dustin Johnson knows how to do one thing: win at Pebble Beach. He’s leading the field in driving distance at over 325 and also in greens in regulation. The difference is that this is a major championship. Typically players who haven’t been in this position before melt down. Will DJ melt and gain “experience” for next time or can he hold on to his three shot lead? Tomorrow will be interesting.
Every US OPEN there is whining about holes being unfair. Puhlease… the test is the same for all players.