Dustin Johnson Chokes at US Open

Published: June 22, 2015

Dustin Johnson Chokes at US Open, Choke is the most overused, and incorrectly used, word in sports. Is it a choke if a basketball player misses a jump shot that he usually only makes 40% of the time? Is it a choke if a quarterback throws a ball that’s intercepted? The player doing the intercepting had a lot to do with that, no? There are plenty of chokes in sports, but most have to do with an opponent doing something to help along that process.

There was no one up against Dustin Johnson when he walked to the 18th green at Chambers Bay on Sunday, just himself, his putter and his past golfing demons. After hitting two brilliant shots on the par-5, the seventh-ranked golfer in the world had a 12-foot putt for his first major win, then four feet for a tie and missed both putts. It was a choke, plain and simple.

DJ was in an excellent, almost insurmountable, position to steal a win from Jordan Spieth in what would have been one of the most phenomenal finishes in golf history. Though his putter had been letting him down all day, there was little doubt, as playing partner Jason Day was cleaning up his par on 18, that the worst Johnson would do was force a Monday playoff.

But then he pushed the eagle putt to win and left himself with a little meat on the bone of his comebacker. But Day had hit virtually the same putt seconds before and drained it, so there was no way DJ was missing the opportunity to tie Spieth and get into that 18-hole playoff.

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