British Open: Johnson tries to put three-putt in the past

Former Coastal Carolina University two-time All-American Dustin Johnson, a runner up at Royal St. George’s in the 2011 British Open, is paired with U.S. Open and Masters champion Jordan Spieth on Thursday when play begins in the 144th Open Championship at the Old Course at St. Andrews.

Johnson said Tuesday he won’t be thinking about the three-putt on the 18th hole at Chambers Bay that cost him the 2015 U.S. Open and gave Spieth the trophy and wins in the first two majors of the season. But he couldn’t help but relive it in a media session that focused mostly on how that event unwound in Washington.

“I hit the second shot right where I wanted to. I hit two great shots, and unfortunately my ball — I don’t know how it stayed where it did, above the hole up there, but unfortunately it stayed there, and it was just a tough putt,” Johnson said.

“I mean, I thought — I was trying to just — I was trying to make it, but I wanted it — if it went in, I wanted it to barely go in, and it still went four feet by. Hit a good putt on the way back, and it just bounced and missed left.”

Johnson did not attend the trophy ceremony at the U.S. Open and said he wasn’t aware that he was supposed to attend. Johnson said “it was time to go” but he did congratulate Spieth, who is in his early grouping Thursday at St. Andrews.

“Jordan is a good buddy of mine, and so we have fun playing together,” Johnson said. “I think we’ve got a good group. I think I just saw it’s me and Spieth and (Hideki) Matsuyama, so it’ll be a good day. I like playing with Jordan. No pressure, though.”

Photo courtesy of PGA Tour

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