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in his own way, he might have more by now.

There was the 82 at Peb­ble Beach when he had a three-shot lead in the 2010 U.S. Open. He hit an er­rant drive into a patch of sand that he didn’t know was a bunker at Whistling Straits that same year in the PGA Cham­pi­onship. The bo­gey dropped him into a three­man play­off. Ground­ing his club in the sand for a two-shot penalty dropped him out of it. And then at Cham­bers Bay, he was 12 feet away for ea­gle and the U.S. Open un­til it took three putts and a par for a run­nerup fin­ish.

He is No. 1 in the world, and wants to get ma­jor No. 2.

“It’s hard to get No. 2 right now, but it was hard to get No. 1,” John­son said with

a smile. “I think it’s hard to get any of them. It’s just a tough task. There’s only four ma­jors, and to win a ma­jor you have to have every­thing work­ing very well. You’ve got to play re­ally good all four rounds. ... I’d love to get that sec­ond one. But it’s one of those things where, like I said, every­thing has got to work well for four days.”

Ja­son Day has 12 vic­to­ries on the PGA Tour, and only the 2015 PGA Cham­pi­onship among ma­jors. He spent 47 con­sec­u­tive weeks at No. 1 the year after win­ning his ma­jor, and had only one good chance. Justin Rose won the 2013 U.S. Open at Me­rion for his first ma­jor. Rose has won at least some­where in the world every year since 2010, and he has won on pres­ti­gious cour­ses — Muir­field Vil­lage, Con­gres­sional, Aron­imink, Do­ral — and he was one putt away from adding Au­gusta Na­tional to that list.

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