Dustin Johnson blamed a poor efficiency on the greens for his early exit at The Masters after the defending champion missed the midway reduce by two photographs at Augusta.
Johnson was left to rue six three-putts over the primary two rounds which contributed to his downfall, and November’s runaway winner will now have two days of inactivity earlier than reappearing within the Butler Cabin on Sunday night to current the brand new champion with a Inexperienced Jacket.
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The 36-year-old may additionally lose his world No 1 rating if that champion is Justin Thomas, who’s simply three photographs behind midway chief Justin Rose heading into the weekend.
Johnson opened with an erratic 74 on Thursday and wanted to higher that to keep away from crashing out, however he didn’t give himself encouragement on the first when he tugged his three-wood into the pines and began with a bogey-five.
Birdies on the third and fourth have been offset by a six on the fifth, the place he blocked his drive after which three-putted from 60 ft, and one other shot went on the subsequent earlier than he hit again with birdies on the eighth and ninth to return to 2 over on the flip.
He remained safely contained in the reduce mark with 4 to play, however he got here up brief together with his second to the lengthy fifteenth and located the water on the entrance, resulting in a bogey-six, and poor drives on every of the closing two holes resulted in a bogey, bogey end and a spherical of 75, leaving him at 5 over par for the event.
“Six three-putts in two rounds, you simply cannot do this,” mentioned Johnson afterwards. “Clearly I did not drive it nice however I drove it ok, and I felt like I used to be by no means actually too dangerous out of place.
“It was simply the three-putts that killed me. You’re taking all of the three-putts away, I am one below. That was form of the distinction. However yeah, I simply did not putt very properly. My pace was terrible. I simply left it brief from 10 ft there on the final gap. I do not know, I simply did not have a very good beat on the pace the final two days.”
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Johnson warned pre-tournament that his sport was not as sharp because it was when he romped to a five-shot victory and his second main simply 5 months in the past, however he denied feeling further stress as defending champion.
“It is nonetheless form of the identical,” added Johnson, who confirmed he’ll play in subsequent week’s RBC Heritage. “Clearly I needed to be round for the weekend. I like this golf course, I really feel like I play it very properly. I simply did not putt superb. It is fairly easy.”
Brooks Koepka mirrored Johnson’s scores of 74 and 75 simply three weeks after present process knee surgical procedure, and he admitted he wouldn’t have performed for “one other month” had it not been the primary main of the 12 months.
Koepka was clearly in discomfort all through the 2 days, and even crawled onto the thirteenth inexperienced after stabbing his third shot out from near the water, and he’ll now give attention to getting match for a crack at a 3rd PGA title at Kiawah Island subsequent month.
“I would not have been enjoying for one more month if the Masters wasn’t this week,” he mentioned. “So I am going to take a pleasant lengthy break after this. The best way I take a look at it, I’ve two extra days to do rehab that I in all probability would not get if I used to be out right here, and I am going to prepare for the PGA.
“That is, what, 5 weeks forward, I feel? It is form of powerful to say if I am going to play something earlier than that only for the way it feels, how rehab goes and every part.”