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Dustin Johnson Thinks the Chambers Bay Greens Cost Him the U.S. Open


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  1. 1. Do you think Dustin Johnson's four-foot putt bounced and kicked left?

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I think DJ either mis-read or pulled it, ball just didn't start right enough. What do you think?

http://www.businessinsider.com/dustin-johnson-us-open-greens-chambers-bay-2015-6

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"They do bounce and when they are fast and bumpy, it's tough to get it in the hole," Johnson told the media ( via ASAP sports ). "Whatever the putt did on the last hole, I don't know. I might have pulled it a little bit. But still to me it looked like it bounced left. It's tough. It's very difficult."
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Didn't hit it hard enough. A firm putt aimed at the right lip as he indicated he aimed it, would have hit the back of the cup and dropped in. (Thanks to Jack B for that as I hadn't noticed it before he pointed it out earlier today).
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What cost him the open was him missing multiple makeable putts on the back 9 Sunday. Can't blame the greens when he missed about 5 he should have sunk. Everyone else putted there.

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What cost him the open was him missing multiple makeable putts on the back 9 Sunday. Can't blame the greens when he missed about 5 he should have sunk. Everyone else putted there.

Jordan missed a few inside 4" on Sat and the 3 footer on 17 Sunday. Water under the bridge; the 3 putt on 18 lost him the tournament.

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I think he pulled it. I think people are looking for every excuse they can find to say Chambers Bay had bad greens. The author of the article (among others) is saying that the bad greens cost DJ a major. Umm what about Spieth? The greens didn't cost him a major. That's why they play 72 holes, isn't it? You're going to get bounces: some good, some bad, some you deserve, and some you don't. They kind of even out at the end. If DJ didn't make two bogeys at the turn, he would have won. Alternatively, if he didn't make birdie on the 71st hole, the birdie putt wouldn't even have mattered. All that matters is that he shot 276 when he needed to shoot 274.
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My initial reaction was (a) under hit, or (b) quick bad green bump to the left.

But after watching that vine, I think you can see a bit of turnover on the tip of the head, which leads me to believe it was a very slight pull.  And very slight pulls on fast greens result in misses from four feet.

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Watching as much of the event that I could, I found it obvious that the unique conditions made putting a bit more difficult than a normal PGA weekend. Understatement perhaps.

Would he have at most two-putted on a typical course? I think so. Just an opinion.

Doesn't really matter though. As soon as he missed the eagle putt and left it that long, I think his head imploded. Every bumpy putt from the whole event came to the frontal lobe and boom - Speith.

I'm hoping he keeps his personal poop together after such a thing.

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You'd have 20 winners if everyone made the putts they would have on decent greens.

Had DJ made that putt would we be looking at a Vine with 20 handicappers analysing his stroke and saying "Wow - It's amazing he made that putt."

When you don't give each other 4 footers on crap greens you'll miss some, I promise.

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First things firs, leaving yourself a four footer after a twelve foot eagle putt isn't very good, so he could have prevented this if he putted at better speed on the first try.

That being said, this was a putt to tie the lead, his last chance, just try to bang it in, because if you miss it you lose the U.S. Open anyway. He actually did on his second putt what he should have done on his first putt. Looking for this 'bounce', I don't see it, but okay, it could have been a visual effect caused by the shadow. It all sounds a bit like we all have to believe how bad these greens are, and how stupid the USGA was by choosing Chambers Bay. I think he pulled it. But if it bounced just don't say it caused DJ to lose the U.S. Open, he made much larger mistakes on the putt before this one and on the other holes. Everybody has a bad roll or bounce sometimes. Another time it goes your way. He should have prevented that such a small bounce (if it exists) costs him the U.S. Open by not making the mistakes elsewhere.

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On his first putt, he barely touched it and it rolled four feet past.  Coming off that slope, I don't know if he could have stopped it near the hole.  Jason Day had about the same putt, a little longer and his putt rolled by 3-4 feet.

From the time Jason Day holed his three-footer 'til the time Dustin Johnson stroked his eagle putt was almost 2 minutes.  And he was scoping it out while JD was lining up his birdie putt.  So DJ had a good look at that eagle.

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I think he misread the putt. He probably thought it was right edge when it was 2-3 inches outside right edge. He actually had good pace on it, but just didn't start it right enough. You can see the ball come very close to falling in on the low side.

He either needed about 1 foot more pace or 2-3 inches more break.

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I think DJ either mis-read or pulled it, ball just didn't start right enough. What do you think?

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http://www.businessinsider.com/dustin-johnson-us-open-greens-chambers-bay-2015-6


Look at DJ's head right before he makes contact ... moves backwards causing a ...

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