FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – All Dustin Johnson wanted was a par on the 18th gap to get into the ultimate group Sunday on the PGA Championship.
As an alternative, he performed one in all his messiest holes of the day: A flailed drive into the bunker, a hack-out into the native space, a dumped wedge into the bunker and a closing bogey.
That dropped Johnson one other shot behind Koepka, within the logjam in second place at 5-under 205 (Harold Varner III drew the ultimate pairing), and needing a historic rally.
“I’m going to wish some assist from him,” stated Johnson, after a third-round 69, “after which I’m going to must play very, very properly.”
Johnson squandered a golden alternative to use some stress to Koepka, face to face, similar to his good buddy did to him final 12 months on the U.S. Open.
In any case, they have been paired on the ultimate day at Shinnecock, the place Koepka humbled Johnson, 68-70, and eclipsed the world No. 1 along with his second main title. Koepka added one other main two months later on the PGA.
Complicating issues now for Johnson is his seven-shot deficit – and a brutal course in Bethpage Black that punishes any wayward drives.
“There’s actually nothing you are able to do on this golf course to alter your method,” he stated. “I simply have to restrict these misses.”