PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: DJ leads, Koepka chasing heading to Sunday … Mickelson vs. Faldo in the booth
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The other two? Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
But those guys have a combined 33 majors.
There have been plenty of close calls for Johnson. The three-shot lead that got away at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2010. Heartbreak in the sand at Whistling Straits just months later at the PGA. A year later, it was the Open Championship at Royal St. George’s that went Darren Clarke’s way.
“Well, those, I was definitely younger, I have been out here a while now, I’ve been in contention a lot, and I’ve got it done a lot of times,” Johnson said. “Tomorrow, it’s no different. I’m going to have to play good golf if I want to win. It’s simple.”
Tomorrow can change everything. Golf, more than any other sport, is built on the promise of tomorrow. Even for the weekend duffer, there’s always tomorrow. But at 36 years old, Johnson more than ever needs to be focused on today. Focused on erasing the last “but” challenging his place in the game.
In Johnson’s way on Sunday, undoubtedly, will be his friend Brooks Koepka. The man who never lets anything slip away.
“I like my chances. When I’ve been in this position before, I’ve capitalized,” Koepka said after shooting a one-under 69. “I don’t know, he’s only won one. I’m playing good.”
Koepka seemed to be heading the wrong direction on the back nine on Saturday when he made three consecutive bogeys from hole Nos. 13-15. But the four-time major champion birdied 16 and then birdied the difficult closing hole before giving a quick wink to his caddie Rickie Elliott to finish his day in style.