Johnson laments cold putter

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Dustin Johnson blamed his putter for his woes around on Sunday at The Open Championship, where he slipped five shots off the lead.

The American started the day in the lead on ten under with a chance to make some big strides toward his first major win.

But a woeful three over 75 around the Old Course saw his chances fade, though anything can happen on Monday.

The US Open runner-up battled to take advantage of the clam conditions at St Andrews. While his prodigious length still but him in good positions off the tee, it was the greens where he struggled, holing just one birdie putt on the par four 15th.

Bogeys on the seventh and a trio from the 16th to 18th saw him drop down the leaderboard rapidly.

“Obviously today is the easier of the three that we’ve played golf by quite a few shots,” the 31-year-old told ESPN.

“I played the worst round, and I don’t feel like I played that bad. I just didn’t hole any putts.

“I felt like I was hitting good putts. They just weren’t going in the hole. There’s nothing you can really do about that. I was trying, but it was just one of those days where it felt like it played very easy out there. The first eleven holes couldn’t have played any easier.”

Johnson suffered massive heartbreak at the US Open where he needed two putts from 12 feet for the win, but three putted his way to a runner-up finish. For his sake, let’s hope his putter is working during the final round on Monday.

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