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HK Golfer - - Contents - By The Ed­i­tors

A pic­to­rial re­view of the last 30 days from around the world.

Dustin John­son led the U.S. Open after every day but the one that counts. He shot an even-par 70 on Sun­day to fail in his quest for a sec­ond ma­jor cham­pi­onship vic­tory. He watched from feet away as play­ing part­ner Brooks Koepka leapfrogged him with a one-over tour­na­ment to be­come the first re­peat win­ner of the U.S. Open since Cur­tis Strange did it in 1988 and ’89.

While John­son had needed only 53 putts to tour Shin­necock Hills’ un­du­lat­ing greens in the first two rounds, on Satur­day it took him 38 putts to com­plete his round. On Sun­day, he had birdie putts at the 3rd and 6th but missed both. And then had par putts at the 7th, 11th, 14th and 17th but missed them all. The USGA cal­cu­lates that he con­ceded 2.24 putting strokes. He lost the U.S. Open by two.

‘I played fine, I just didn’t hole the putts,’ John­son said at his locker. ‘That was kind of the dif­fer­ence of me win­ning, or re­ally at least hav­ing a chance to win.’

Photo by Copy­right USGA/ Dar­ren Car­roll

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