OT: Dustin Johnson implodes, again.

Submitted by littlebrownjug on July 17th, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I am a big fan of golf, and, while I am happy to see Darren Clark about to win the Open Championship, it is painful to watch Dustin Johnson implode in another major (he just hit one OB on the par 5). I just hope that Johnson can win a major one of these days.

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Tater

July 17th, 2011 at 12:37 PM ^

I thought Clarke would be the one who choked.  I also thought that Johnson would have figured out how to do this by now.  After yesterday's play, I thought the winner would be Johnson, Bjorn, or Jimenez.  That is why I don't gamble on sports.

Eat Your Wheatlies

July 17th, 2011 at 1:07 PM ^

Calling this an implosion is ridiculous for someone who claims to watch a lot of golf. He played pretty well on a difficult course, under adverse conditions. Relax a little. Great win for Clarke. Class act. I'd love to share a pint or 12 with that guy.

Blue in Yarmouth

July 18th, 2011 at 1:11 PM ^

Implosion to me is McElroy atthe Masters. It reminded me a lot of Greg Normans many implosions at the Masters. Rory folowed it up with a Major win at he next opportunity though, so that was pretty cool.

edit....looks like someone beat me to the Rory comparison by.....a day! Damn, I should have read the whole thread before posting...

Charlie Chunk

July 17th, 2011 at 1:31 PM ^

I think he's the next Phil Mickelson.  He makes a lot of great shots and is great around the green, but he can't seem to keep from having that one blow-up hole every round.  He's young though and has time to get it all together.

Fhshockey112002

July 17th, 2011 at 1:49 PM ^

He has a double bogie on a single bad shot, and plays +2 during some terrible wind and weather... Remember Darren Clarke himself shot even Par today.  

I really like DJ and think his time is coming, but to label this as an implosion is unfair, Phil imploded on the back playing the last 9 at +3

Edit: Johnson finished +2 after bogey on the last.

CookieMonster

July 17th, 2011 at 1:53 PM ^

phil was 4 over on his last 8, missed the 2 footer on 11.......was over from there. Never seen a better player miss more short putts than phil. That much talent should have 7 or 8 majors, I still think dustin will win a few.....I think his swing gets in his way sometimes, hard to play really consistent with the clubface that shut.

Fhshockey112002

July 17th, 2011 at 2:13 PM ^

I really agree with you, DJ swing is so powerful I think he struggles to control the ball.  It's so hard to "control" his hook (much the same as Bubba Watson).  These guys get an extra 15-20 yards off the carry but it is so hard to have top level "touch" on shots.  

I think this is exactly what happened on 14 when he went OB, tried to keep it low, got out in front of his swing and with a closed club face just blocked it dead right.  I hate to compare other golfers but what separated Tiger, Jack, and other greats from guys who are very good is the ball striking and spin control with all their clubs.  

BlueinLansing

July 17th, 2011 at 11:05 PM ^

and for years, any time a player double hit a chip shot around the green someone would undoubtedly quip "you TC Chen'd it".

 

Chen double hit a chip shot I think early in his final round while leading the 85 US Open, took an 8 on the hole which opened the door for Andy North.  Chen nearly chipped in on 18 to tie, so he admirably stayed in the hunt, most would have wilted after doing what he did.

Chen also had a double eagle earlier in the tournament.  The golf Gods gaveth, and the golf Gods tooketh away

bacon1431

July 17th, 2011 at 2:16 PM ^

Didn't implode in the least bit. Take away that double bogey and say Clarke doesn't make every single one of his meaningful putts on the first 16 holes and we might be talking about DJ, Open Champion. His 82 at the US Open last year was an implosion. He played decent, not great, but okay considering the conditions and the course. Just got outplayed by Clarke.

SysMark

July 17th, 2011 at 6:41 PM ^

Hitting one OB for a double bogey does not constitute an implosion.  He actually played well otherwise and hung in there until the end.  If he hadn't played as well as he had for four days you would never have noticed the one bad shot.  Based on that analysis many others were "imploding" all day and week.