Final-round meltdown at Byron Nelson leaves golfer speechless

Dustin Johnson fell apart at the par-4 sixth on Sunday, taking himself out of the mix at the AT&T Byron Nelson. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Dustin Johnson fell apart at the par-4 sixth on Sunday, taking himself out of the mix at the AT&T Byron Nelson. (AP Photo/LM Otero) AP

Dustin Johnson had no interest in discussing his final round at the AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday.

He chipped in for birdie on Nos. 1 and 3 and was tied for the lead at 13 under with Steven Bowditch, but Johnson suffered a meltdown quadruple-bogey on the par-4 sixth hole.

Johnson declined post-round interviews, but later posted on his Twitter account, @DJohnsonPGA: “Proud of the way I played all week but deserved congrats to Steven Bowditch! Thoughts, prayers to those affected by floods. #ATTByronNelson”

Johnson couldn’t get out of his own way on No. 6, a 448-yard routine dogleg left.

His drive went out of bounds, a second tee shot (third with the penalty stroke) landed in the thick left rough. He needed two more shots to get the ball in the fairway. The sixth shot reached the green, then it was two putts from 20 feet.

“He’s obviously a superstar and you know to have Dustin come at you like that, I guess, I’m not sure how you want to put it but it’s only golf, it’s not like a fight,” Bowdicth said. “Watching him start the way he started I knew it was going to be a tough day. I just had to stick to my game plan.”

Johnson, ranked the 10th-best golfer in the world, went into the final round as the seeming favorite to win the tournament. But that snowman 8 on No. 6 proved too much. He added birdies on No. 7 and No. 16, finishing at 266 for an eighth-place tie with Jason Dufner.

Flores stumbles

Fort Worth native and former Mansfield High player Martin Flores made double-bogey on his second and third holes Sunday to quickly fall out of contention.

“Had a long wait on two, made a bad swing right of the green, then got aggressive with my chip, and I three-putted,” said Flores of the par-3, 221-yard second hole, No. 3 “I pulled my drive, hit the cart path and went out of bounds. Just basically the worst start possible.”

He finished 3 over Sunday, and 5 under for the tournament.

“Other than a couple of swings I played fine,” Flores said. “Sure, it’s always tough when things happen like that. You’ve just to keep moving. The next shot’s the most important.”

Scrappy Snedeker

Brandt Snedeker started the day six off the pace, but even a second straight 64 wasn’t enough to catch the leaders.

“I’ve won from 5, 6, 7 behind before; there’s always a chance,” Snedeker said. “I needed to have a really good front-9 today. I didn’t do that. I shot 1-under par. I didn’t shoot 3-, 4-under par.”

He did shoot a 30 on the back-nine Sunday, finishing at 12 under and tied for sixth with Jon Curran.

“Great round today, rolled the ball fantastic,” said Snedeker, who tied for second last week at Colonial. “Made a lot of putts. Missed a short one on 17 that I’ll be kicking myself tonight. Still I putted great the last 36 holes.”

Bad timing

Consecutive bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes proved costly for San Antonio resident Jimmy Walker.

“That was a two-shot swing with the field,” said Walker, who was particularly disappointed with the 5 on a the 323-yard par 4, 11th. “A short hole. That really put me behind the eight-ball, and I didn’t need to bogey the next hole for sure.

“At that point, kind of felt like I was trying to play for second.”

That is where he finished, four shots off the lead in a second-place tie with Charley Hoffman.

At least Walker rallied down the stretch. He eagled the par-5 16th, and then birdied the par-3 17th to shoot a 3-under 66 final round.

“I did a lot of really good stuff this week,” Walker said. “It’s nice to grab some mojo going into the U.S. Open and finishing the way I did this week is awesome.”

Manziel incident

No charges and no reports were filed in an incident involving Cleveland Browns quarterback and former Texas Aggies star Johnny Manziel late Saturday evening at the Four Seasons Resort and Club.

Manziel and friends were gathered at the hotel pool during the PGA Tour’s AT&T Byron Nelson. Irving Police public information officer James McLellan said a group of autograph seekers was turned away repeatedly by Manziel and his friends.

“We were asked to investigate this with hotel security and found the only criminal offense that may have occurred was a friend of Manziel’s pushing an 18-year-old who was a part of the group seeking autographs,” he said. “The 18-year-old declined to press charges, both groups left the premises and that’s where our investigation ended.”

McLellan said it was alleged that when Manziel declined to sign autographs, the group began to heckle Manziel.

At some point, while repeatedly being badgered by the autograph seeker, Manziel threw a water bottle in his direction that hit a wall behind the targeted individual.

McLellan said the individual then shouted “nice throw” toward Manziel and the scuffle escalated.

McLellan said there was no evidence that Manziel was intoxicated or had been consuming alcohol.

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