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One hole cost Dustin Johnson a real shot to win the US Open, but he still tied Tiger Woods’ impressive tournament record

Heading into the 2023 US Open, Dustin Johnson is easily one of the favorites over the long haul at the Los Angeles Country Club.

All in all, the LIV Golf star played well, shooting a 3-under this week to finish in a tie for 10th, marking his 23rd top-10 finish in 56 major championships.

What makes Johnson’s finish even more impressive is the fact that he shot a four-bogey eight during Friday’s second round, the highest single-hole score in the entire US Open field up to that point.

Playing 490 yards, 4sec, 24-time PGA Tour winner hit the tee into the left lane dugout. His ensuing shot from said bunker traveled only 95 yards before settling into rough depth. After struggling to locate his golf ball, Johnson hit his third just 60 yards into the box.

After taking his down, DJ only had 57 yards to the pin for his fifth, but he flew onto the mounting surface, leaving himself an embarrassing chip downhill towards the hole. He finally hit the center green on the sixth putt, but his chip rolled 28 feet from the hole. Twice later, Johnson scored a snowman. But his resilience was amazing as he still shot an even-par 70 today, making five birdies against a single bogey over his last 16 holes.

But No. 2 wasn’t done giving him bouts because Johnson bogeyed the hole in each of the last two rounds, giving him 6 times in the hole all week. It’s not fun when you lose a golf tournament at seven. But this is the American golf course open to you.

But outside the second hole, Dustin Johnson certainly had a lot of positives this week, most notably his opening round 64, which basically allowed him to stay in contention as long as he did as the LACC tightened as the week went on.

That run also helped him achieve an impressive tournament record, previously owned only by Tiger Woods.

Dustin Johnson is tied with Tiger Woods for the most major championship runs of 65 or better

With a 6-under 64 to start his week, which was heavily tied only for the third-best round of the day as Rickie Fowler and Xander Schavelli tied for the lowest round in US Open history, Dustin Johnson tied Tiger Woods for the most. Rounds of 65 or better in a 10-par major championship.

DJ will have the chance to take the lead on his own next month at The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. The good news for Johnson is that he already knows how to hit the number at Hoylake as he shot a 7-under 65 on a par-72 layout in the second round of the 2014 Open Championship, eventually tied for 12th.

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