World No. 1 Dustin Johnson Limps to Opening-Round 78 at The Memorial

Dustin Johnson, world #1, and the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year, has been virtually unstoppable this season, with three wins and six top 10s in just 10 events.

 
He has not finished outside the top 13 since January, but after what was easily his worst round of the year on Thursday at The Memorial, DJ is going to need an amazing second round just to make the cut at Jack’s Place.

In the most shocking development of the opening-round, Johnson posted a birdie-free 6-over 78, putting him in a tie for 107th place in a field of 119 golfers.


Bullets

  • No Reds: Dustin Johnson, who ranks 6th on Tour in birdie average, did not play a single hole under par in Round 1.
  • The Numbers: A scorecard with 15 pars, one bogey, one double bogey, and one triple bogey added up to a six-over 78.
  • The Good: Despite being in 107th place, DJ actually led the field in strokes gained: off-the-tee, he was #2 in driving distance, and his 413 yard whopper on #17 was the longest drive of the day.
  • The Bad: DJ was atrocious on the greens, finishing 119th among 119 golfers in strokes gained: putting.
  • The Ugly: The 16th hole was his biggest undoing. DJ drove his ball into the water and then three-putted for a triple-bogey 6.

On Social

DJ’s drive of the day – a 413 yard bomb off 17.


Quotable

“He had a few putts early on that lipped out that should have gone in. It kind of wore on him until he had the one big mistake on 16 and that was a tough thing, but he drove it down there 425 yards on 17, right down the middle of the fairway, had a flip wedge in, and yet didn’t really have much of a shot where the pin was and so forth. So he had a few times where he hit great shots but wasn’t really rewarded.”
Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson’s playing partner, on DJ’s Round One 78


Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.



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