SPRINGFIELD, N.J.—There comes a moment in every tournament when a player knows the day is lost. That moment can come late in the proceedings, like in this year’s British Open, when Phil Mickelson dueled Henrik Stenson right to the final holes.
Or it can come very, very early, as it did with Dustin Johnson at the PGA Championship, when he double-bogeyed the third hole and kicked off a tailspin that, in one afternoon, undid all the good he’d done in majors all season long.
Johnson, along with Stenson and Danny Willett, made up this year’s version of the famed major winners grouping, the trio of calendar-year winners that the PGA Championship traditionally pairs together in the first two rounds. Johnson’s U.S. Open trophy, Stenson’s Claret Jug and Willett’s green jacket were enough to get them yoked together, but they weren’t enough to get two-thirds of the trio playing anything approaching decent golf.
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