It was a nightmare finish Sunday for South Carolina native Dustin Johnson at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Instead of putting his name among the all-time greats to have won the U.S. Open, he will instead be remembered for one of the biggest final round collapses in the history of the prestigious tournament.
Johnson, a Columbia Native (Dutch Fork High) and Coastal Carolina graduate entered the final round with three stroke lead and an excellent opportunity to keep the U.S. Open title at here in South Carolina (Lucas Glover won in 2009). It didn’t take long for those dreams to get washed away with the tide of the picturesque Pacific Ocean that lines the course at Pebble Beach.
Johnson made par on the first hole and followed that up with a triple-bogey, a double-bogey and a bogey on the next three. We have all seen plenty of scorecards that look like that, just not from someone that is leading the U.S. Open.
Johnson went on to shoot an 82 during his final round. That is the worst final round by a 54-hole leader since Fred McCloud shot an 83 back in 1911.
Johnson finished tied for 8th place.
With some players you might worry about the long term effects of such a horrendous finish to a major championship. I wouldn’t sweat it with D.J. This kid has been through a lot of turmoil in his life and has had to overcome a lot of problems just to be able to play golf professionally.
I’ve got a feeling Johnson is going to be remembered for a lot more than just one hellacious stretch of holes during the final round of a U.S. Open. He has too much game to not win and win big down the road.
Dustin Johnson WILL win a Major Championship. My guess is it will be more than one. I’m betting it will be sooner rather than later. He’s seeping with too much talent to not to take the top spot on some of the game’s biggest stages.