Dustin Johnson plummets at British Open after taking midway lead


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Dustin Johnson was one of the favorites coming to St. Andrews and will be one of the favorites next month at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, but when he makes the trip to Wisconsin he will still be looking for his first major title.

In Monday’s final round of the British Open, Johnson matched his 3-over 75 from Sunday’s third round, going 6 over for the last 36 holes after leading by one shot through the first two rounds. At the end of Johnson’s round, the 31-year-old from Columbia, S.C., was tied for 49th.

The issues that plagued Johnson on Sunday continued in Monday’s final round.

“Didn’t drive it as well on the second two days,” Johnson said. “Just didn’t putt well today or yesterday, I think that was the biggest difference. I putted pretty well the first two rounds and out here, especially on this course it’s all about putting, but just didn’t make anything.”

Oddly the difficult conditions of the first two rounds seemed to suit the long-hitting Johnson, but as the difficult conditions subsided, Johnson game went in reverse.

“For me, especially on links golf for some reason the windier it is the better I like it,” Johnson said. “Like yesterday there was just no wind and it just played really easy and I struggled. It was tough.”

Johnson, 31, will leave Scotland winless in his 26th major championship and will work on his game with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship next on his schedule.

“I feel like the game is in good shape, just need to work on a few things,” Johnson said. “Playing over here in the wind … (work on) setup and start with fundamentals.”

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