COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The time will come when Irmo native Dustin Johnson wears the green jacket. Unfortunately, it won't be in 2016. It was a masterful effort by Johnson from tee to green on Sunday. He hit 12 of 18 greens in regulation, no small accomplishment.
Johnson showed great resiliency early on in his final round. He double-bogeyed the fifth hole. From there, Johnson put together a string of marvelous shots to birdie five, of the next ten holes.
By the time he stepped off the green at 15, he was three-under par, two strokes behind eventual 2016 Masters champion, Danny Willett. Johnson couldn't deliver on the final two holes to force a playoff. He double-bogeyed hole No. 17 to ruin his chance at a first major title.
It appeared once again Johnson's downfall was putting. He throws darts to the pin, but cannot cash in on the apron.
Throughout the round he had tremendous looks at the hole to d rop in a birdie. Johnson missed several good opportunities at Augusta National, including two eagle chances on hole's No. 13 and No. 15. Golf analyst Nick Faldo said it well during the Masters' broadcast: "He's definitely, probably outplayed everybody."
That Johnson did. He played this year's Masters with such consistency all four rounds. It just wasn't enough, as he finished one-under overall at the Masters, tied for fourth. His best career finish at Augusta National.
Johnson's talent is undeniable. His time will come when he will win a major, and put on the green jacket.