3:45 p.m. St Andrews time (7:45 a.m. PDT)
He’s the leader in the clubhouse at The Open Championship after an opening 65 today, and still the questions, and Dustin Johnson’s answers, linger on Chambers Bay a month ago.
After his round, he was asked about “scar tissue” from repeated near-misses at majors, including the three-putt on 18 at Chambers in the U.S. Open.
“The Open I played really well,” he said. “I felt like I was in control of my game. But I couldn’t really control the ball bouncing. I could hit the putts where I wanted to, and if it went in, it went in, and if it didn’t there was nothing I could do about that. It just didn’t bounce my way.”
Johnson wasn’t the only player talking bounces on the putting greens at Chambers Bay … in one sense today, he was speaking figuratively, i.e., the rub of the green, and in another, he couldn’t have been more literal.
The field mostly handled the Old Course on the front nine in sunny and calm conditions. Jordan Spieth and Johnson each played five-under on the front, but Spieth needed a birdie on 18 to get back to that number.
Tiger Woods was a notable exception. He went four-over on the front, and though he steadied and played even-par on the back, he has a cluster of players in front of him to get past if he wants to avoid getting bounced on his ass right out of the championship.