Dustin Johnson upbeat despite opening U.S. Open bid with 73

Oleh Sacha Pisani 18 September 2020 22
Dustin Johnson upbeat despite opening U.S. Open bid with 73

World number one Dustin Johnson is looking to bounce back after going three over to start the U.S. Open on Thursday.

All eyes are on red-hot Johnson after his maiden FedEx Cup title and PGA Tour Player of the Year Award, but the American star shot a 73 to open his bid for a second U.S. Open crown.

Played at the unforgiving Winged Foot Golf Club, Johnson holed a double bogey, three bogeys and two birdies to be eight shots adrift of leader Justin Thomas in New York.

Tied for 71st alongside the likes of 15-time major champion Tiger Woods, former world number one Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose, an upbeat Johnson said: "It wasn't too bad.

"Just didn't drive it in the fairway enough. Honestly, I felt like I rolled it really well, but I just didn't make any putts.

"And I think that was the difference of shooting a couple under, and I shot a few over.

"But hit a lot of good putts. Going to go work on the irons a little bit. Hit one real bad iron shot on seven, but other than that, felt like I managed the course pretty well and played decent. I just didn't make any putts. I hit good ones.

"Get a little better with the reads tomorrow [Friday] and maybe drive it in the fairway a little bit more, but other than that, I feel pretty good. I didn't play great, didn't make any putts. So obviously tomorrow if I shoot a few under, I'll get back in the golf tournament."

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