Dustin Johnson Coes Back To Earth With A Poor Day At Shinnecock

While the rest of the golf world was talking about Phil Mickelson’s gaff on 13, Dustin Johnson went from clear favorite to back in the pack with a 7-over-77 today in the third round.

“I felt like I played pretty well. Couple bad shots, but, I mean, you’re going to hit a few bad shots out here. It’s just how it goes,” he said. “But, you know, still felt like I gave myself always a good — you know, a decent look at par. And, you know, three three-putts, that doesn’t help. I don’t three-putt any today, then I’m right there at even par for the tournament.

“I felt like my speed was pretty good all day. But, you know, the flags were in very difficult spots, and, you know, just made it really difficult with the wind.”

Johnson had no trouble with the wind on Thursday, but today it was another story. The No. 1 player in the world, still has a chance, obviously, since he’s tied for first with three other players.

“I’m in a good position, in the lead tomorrow< he said. “Today's round, I didn't feel like I played badly at all. 7 over, you know, usually is a terrible score, but, I mean, with the greens the way they got this afternoon, I mean, they were very, very difficult.“You know, I felt like I hit -- you know, I had seven or eight putts that easily could have gone in the hole that didn't. You know, and that's the difference between shooting 7 over and even par.“Even like the putt on the last hole, I hit a really good putt. It was in the hole with breaking to the right, and it kicks left, goes up the hill, and lips out. So, you know, it's just difficult out there right now.”So what does he have to do to win this whole thing?“J ust go out and play like I did the first couple days, even like I did today,” Johnson said. “I felt like I hit a lot of great shots out there today. Need to putt a little better tomorrow.”

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