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Dustin Johnson’s Valspar hopes slip away with birdie-less 74

Dustin Johnson labored his manner into place on the Valspar Championship on Thursday by means of Saturday, however he did little to assist his trigger on Sunday.

The World No. 1 by no means really threatened and signed for a three-over 74 to complete in a tie for sixth. An ever par spherical would have been ok to drive a playoff with winner Paul Casey, who shot 72 and beat Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Kokrak by one.

Johnson performed within the closing group with Casey and was one off the result in begin the day, however he turned in his first birdie-less spherical in 17 months.

“It’s stunning, however, yeah, I hit good putts, they simply didn’t go within the gap,” Johnson stated. “I didn’t really feel like I performed dangerous, felt like I used to be swinging effectively and I nonetheless really feel like I’m swinging effectively. I nonetheless obtained plenty of confidence within the recreation however simply, yeah, powerful day, powerful circumstances, and wasn’t spot on.”

Johnson gained strokes versus the sector on the greens in every of the primary three rounds, however he misplaced .683 strokes placing within the closing spherical. His Sunday placing efficiency ranked 46th among the many subject, but he nonetheless completed 14th in that class for the week.

He made simply 46 toes, 7 inches of putts on Sunday after making greater than 90 toes of putts in every of his first three rounds.

“That is as flat as I’ve ever seen DJ in a spot as large because it was at this time enjoying within the final group,” stated NBC on-course reporter Jim “Bones” Mackay. “Actually he’s the perfect participant on this planet, however it’s so uncommon for him to return out and never be an element afterward and enjoying some explosive golf when it comes to making some birdies.”

Regardless of making the flip in two over for the day, Johnson was nonetheless solely two off the lead with 9 to play. However a bogey on the par-Three 15th was the ultimate dagger in his probabilities at a victory.

“I felt like I had a troublesome time judging the wind at this time for some motive,” he stated. “It was blowing however it was, it saved switching instructions so much. I felt like I hit plenty of good pictures that didn’t find yourself in good spots and simply didn’t really feel like I performed any totally different. Didn’t gap any putts and that’s the distinction in capturing a pair underneath and a pair over.”

Johnson is within the subject for subsequent week’s WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play on the Austin Nation Membership in Austin, Texas. He gained the match in 2017 and owns six profession WGC victories, second solely to Tiger Woods’s 18.

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