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Greatest U.S. Open Meltdown

Greatest U.S. Open Meltdown

Greatest U.S. Open Meltdown

*That I’ve seen. (Oh, DJ.)

It's hard to feel bad for DJ now, but in 2010, his lost lead at Pebble Beach became an instant U.S. Open meltdown.

It’s hard to feel bad for DJ now, but in 2010, his lost lead at Pebble Beach became an instant U.S. Open meltdown.

Which would you rather have? A one-stroke lead with one hole to go or a three-stroke lead with 18 holes to go?

Personally, and I think the obvious answer, is a one-stroke lead with one hole to go. In which case you are choosing to be Phil Mickelson standing on the 18th tee and Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, needing a par to win and a bogey to force a playoff with Geoff Ogilvy.

However, if you’re Mickelson in this scenario, it’s safe to call that a meltdown — and a Big Phil 64-degree open-faced flop. But since Mickelson is battle-tested and has won five Majors, and even though he was “such an idiot” (as he famously said) on the 18th hole, I’m going to reluctantly give him a pass here. But let’s take another look at it for fun anyway:


I’m going to go with my gut on this one.

When I first thought of the question of what is the Greatest U.S. Open flop — Dustin Johnson’s 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach was the first thing that jumped into my mind, and I’m sticking with it.

You see, this is a course DJ had played extremely well in the past, even winning at storied Pebble Beach twice before. The guy has talent and length coming out of his ears — DJ should have won a Major (or two) by now, but yet he still holds the current unfortunate label of best-not-to-win a Major.

DJ's 2010 U.S. Open flop was historic because he had a 54-hole and four-stroke lead headed into Sunday. Then Johnson imploded with a day that included triple and double bogeys before the 4th hole. It was over. I had forgot Graeme McDowell even won. And I like G-Mac.

DJ’s 2010 U.S. Open flop was historic because he had a 54-hole and four-stroke lead headed into Sunday. Then Johnson imploded with a day that included triple and double bogeys before the 4th hole. It was over. I had forgot Graeme McDowell even won. And I like G-Mac.

 

A double and a triple in his first three holes? I call that far worse than a bogey on 18. DJ didn’t even make it to 18 to meltdown — he did it in the first 20 minutes. People say Johnson even surpassed Gil Morgan’s 81 in 18 collapse back in ’92, letting Tom Kite win the Open by simply playing for par.

If Paulina Gretzky was around in 2010, I’d give DJ a pass, but since she wasn’t, I’m calling 2010 the biggest U.S. Open flop (At least that I’ve witnessed.).

Paulina Gretzky unfortunately wasn't around for Dustin Johnson defenders to blame for his historic 2010 U.S. Open flop.

Paulina Gretzky unfortunately wasn’t around for Dustin Johnson defenders to blame for his historic 2010 U.S. Open meltdown. Photo courtesy Golf Digest (Thanks!).


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