LEMONT, Ill. – Rising American star Dustin Johnson has been applauded and feted for the past three months for his uncanny ability to bounce back from disappointment that would crush lesser players.
Heading into the final round of the BMW Championship, the rookie Ryder Cupper is right back in the mix, one shot out of the lead at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club.
A short memory is a terrific thing at times.
“I don't know, but I've always been that way,” Johnson said after shooting 68 Saturday. “I just don't let stuff bother me too much. You know, I try to always look forward. You can't really change what's happened in the past. You know, I've got a lot of other things to focus on, like tomorrow.”
Which is where a certain key point needs to be raised.
Johnson has had a chance on Sunday to win the U.S. Open, PGA Championship and Barclays over the past three months and hasn’t been able to get in the clubhouse fast enough.
Evidence suggests that there might be some sort of hangover from his final-round 82 at the U.S. Open after all.
Johnson held a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the Open at Pebble Beach and played his first four holes in 6 over and was never in contention thereafter. Johnson held a one-shot lead on the 72nd hole at the PGA Championship and was credited with a triple-bogey after committing a rules violation in a fairway bunker. He flirted with the lead at The Barclays before his driver betrayed him again.
Starting at Pebble Beach, Johnson has played his last six final rounds at a combined 18 over par and has been above par every time.
So, while the 26-year-old has all the markings of a top-10 player for the next decade and has been lauded by players such as Phil Mickelson, he’s still very much a work in progress.