OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) — Dustin Johnson already has shown he can take a punch. He also can take a joke.
Four months ago, he was playing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in his regular pairing with Jordan Spieth, good friends and complete opposites.
Johnson had nothing but bad luck in the majors. Spieth already had the Masters and a U.S. Open that he won last year when Johnson three-putted from 12 feet on the final hole at Chambers Bay.
At Pebble, on the par-3 fifth hole, Spieth hit a tee shot that hopped the wrong way into a bunker.
“Man, when am I ever going to catch a break,” he said with a slight grin and a sideways look.
Johnson picked up on it quickly.
“Bro,” he said with a smile, “don’t even go there.”
Finally, the breaks fell Johnson’s way Sunday in the U.S. Open at Oakmont, the toughest test in golf on the toughest championship course in the land.
They had to eventually.
Johnson now has won in each of the nine years he has been on the PGA Tour, the longest active streak. He has too much talent, too much power. Eventually someone else would make the mistakes and a major would happen to him.
Sure, the three players…