Dustin Johnson had no interest in discussing his final round at the AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday.
Maybe his meltdown on the par-4 sixth had something to do with it after things appeared to be going his way early on. Johnson chipped in for birdie on Nos. 1 and 3 and was tied for the lead at 13-under with eventual winner Steven Bowditch.
But then Johnson couldn’t get out of his own way on No. 6, a rather routine 448-yard dogleg left that doesn’t cause too many issues for most pros.
Johnson drove it out of bounds and then had to re-tee for his third shot, which landed in the thick rough on the left side. He whiffed on his first attempt to get the ball out of the rough, and then chopped it out to the fairway.
Johnson put his sixth shot on the green, leaving him about a 20-footer for triple-bogey that he missed. He eventually tapped in for a dreaded snowman 8, which essentially knocked him out of contention.
Bowditch, on the other hand, birdied the sixth.
“[Dustin] is obviously a superstar,” Bowditch 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 quadruple-bogey proved to doom him in the long run.
He bounced back somewhat by birdying the par-5 seventh, and added another birdie on No. 16 to shoot an even-par 69. He finished tied for eighth with Jason Dufner at 11-under 266.
A PGA Tour official tried to get Johnson to stop for interviews after his round, but he declined and headed straight to the clubhouse.
Johnson later posted on his Twitter, @DJohnsonPGA: “Proud of the way I played all week but deserved congrats to Steven Bowditch! Thoughts, prayers to those affected by floods. #ATTByronNelson”
Johnson has made a name for himself for his meltdowns, particularly during major championships. He had a three-stroke lead at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, but fired a final-round 82.
At the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, he received a two-stroke penalty for grounding his club in a bunker that cost him a spot in a playoff. And, at the 2011 British Open at Royal St. George’s, Johnson was among the leaders Sunday but took himself out of the mix with a double-bogey on No. 14.