Bad enough that he came down with swollen glands sometime Wednesday, Dustin Johnson was 4 over par walking off the 13th green and that really made him feel lousy. So he turned to his caddie, Joe LaCava, and mentioned how all he wanted on the final five holes was to “get looks.”
You could say he did more than that, because a hole-in-one at the par-3 16th highlighted Johnson’s explosive finish to get him into the clubhouse at level par.
The ace at the 159-yard 16th came after birdies at 14 and 15 and before a birdie at 17. Nothing like a birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie run to make those swollen glands feel better, eh?
Hey, not even a bogey at 18 ruined the day for Johnson.
“Standing on 14 I wanted to make a few birdies and give myself a chance to get back in this thing,” he said. “If you would have bet me money that I would be 1-under par standing on the 18th tee, I would have taken it.”
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