It’s tough to blame Dustin Johnson for not wanting to speak to reporters after his disappointing finish in the U.S. Open, but a behind-the-scenes account suggests the world No. 1 golfer rushed to leave Shinnecock Hills after Sunday’s final round.
Johnson led the U.S. Open after two rounds, but faltered Saturday, scoring a 7-over 77 in brutal afternoon conditions that hardened the greens and drove up scores.
Johnson shot an even par 70 in the final round, finishing two strokes behind winner Brooks Koepka and one shot behind runner-up Tommy Fleetwood.
Golf analysts and competitors criticized the playing conditions in this year’s tournament, and even the USGA apologized for some of the course conditions in the third round. But Johnson didn’t want to stick around Sunday to share his thoughts. According to GolfWeek.com, immediately after finishing his round, Johnson headed to the scorer’s shack, signed his scorecard, and quickly left the building.
According to the report, “He walked faster than he ever moves on the course, making a beeline past radio interviewers and reporters.”
According to GolfWeek.com, a U.S. Open media representative watched the situation, and like a Secret Service agent speaking in code, noted in his radio, “DJ has declined flash,” code for “Dustin Johnson is not talking to the media.”
On the way to the locker room, Johnson yelled out to his caddie and brother, Austin, and pointed at the parking lot, “The car! The car!” he said.
As noted, you can’t blame DJ for being upset with his finish, and given the horrendous playing conditions that unfairly penalized late start times Saturday, it wasn’t entirely his fault. This is a tournament he could have won for career major No. 2 (he also won the 2016 U.S. Open). There will be other days, other huge wins for the 33-year-old superstar.
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