Johnson banks on experience
Dustin Johnson will be playing for his first major when he tees off in the final round of the US Open on Sunday but the American is far from overawed.
Johnson holds a share of the lead, tied with Jordan Spieth, Branden Grace and Jason Day on four-under, after shooting an even-par 70 in Saturday’s third round.
The 30-year-old was won nine times since joining the PGA Tour in 2007 and finished in the top 10 at a major eight times, including a tie for eighth at the 2010 US Open and tied-fourth at the same tournament in 2014.
He told Sportal.com that this experience will see him through in Sunday’s final round.
“I’ve been in the situation a few times so I know how to handle myself,” Johnson said.
“I know what it takes to get it done. And (on Sunday) I just need to go out there and focus one shot at a time. And we’ll see what happens.”
Johnson made the turn at two-under after shooting two bogeys and four birdies on the front nine, but carded a par, bogey, birdie and a double bogey on the first four holes of the back nine before four consecutive pars to cancel out his good start.
“Obviously the setup was very difficult. The golf course is playing really firm and fast. It’s just tough out there. I played really well, I thought,” he said.
“A few three-putts, other than that I felt like I putted it well, just missed a few short ones. I made some putts, too. But really could have been a good day.”
The American opened with a 65 on Thursday, before shooting 71 in round two, and will be hoping for a repeat of his opening round performance on Sunday.
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