AUGUSTA – Columbia native Dustin Johnson has a long game suited for Augusta National but hasn’t finished better than 30th at the Masters and couldn’t make up ground today.
Johnson, briefly the leader Friday, shot a third-round 74 with five bogeys. He goes into Sunday’s final round 1 over par.
“I played pretty good,” Johnson said, “I just didn’t make any putts.”
Friday’s double-bogeys on the par 5 No. 15 hole and par 4 No. 18 sent Johnson crashing down the leaderboard. He seized the lead at 7 under par through 13 holes.
“I wasn’t really mad,” Johnson said of his collapse. “I was a little frustrated. I was more frustrated on the missed putt on 17, about a 3-footer and then the double on 18 after being in a pretty good position off the tee – that kind of hurt a little bit. But other than that, the wind was playing tough (Friday) and I played pretty good except for the last five holes.”
Johnson, 28, played at Coastal Carolina. He lives in Myrtle Beach.
Putting woes for Glover
Unlike Thursday and Friday, Lucas Glover made it through the 17th and 18th holes today at Augusta National without stumbling. But more Masters putting trouble and three straight bogeys (holes No. 14-16) turned a potentially good round into a so-so 73.
Glover, a former Clemson All-American and the 2009 U.S. Open champion, shot 74 both Thursday and Friday and is 5 over par.
“I hit it better than my score and probably putted like I shot 80,” said Glover, who has 99 putts for the tournament. “I’ll try and figure it out.”
“Yes and no,” Glover said. “The upside is, I’m hitting it good. The downside is, I keep putting bad and it makes it suck even more. You’d almost rather hit it bad, putt it bad, shoot 78 and not have to worry about it.”
Glover said he is working on putting with coaches Dave Stockton and Dave Stockton Jr.
“I’m the best range putter out there,” Glover said. “Then I can’t make them (in tournaments).”
Haas at 1 over
Greenville’s Bill Haas shot a 74 today after a 71-72 start. A double-bogey on the par 3 No. 5 messed up an otherwise steady round.
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