ERIN, Wisconsin — As Dustin Johnson approached his ball buried in the tall grass on 17, a fan standing just a few feet away offered a little pick-me-up to the world’s No. 1 player.
“You got a nice bounce off my arm, Justin,” the fan said proudly as he patted his right arm.
It was that sort of day for Johnson, who either didn’t notice the misspeak or didn’t care, because by that point the first round in defense of his 2016 U.S. Open title was already in the crapper.
Starting on the back nine, he’d double-bogeyed 14, bogeyed 15 and was on his way to wasting a birdie at 16 with the errant drive on 17 that would lead to yet another bogey.
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