Dustin Johnson shoots DISAPPOINTING SCORE on day one at Travelers Championship

Dustin Johnson lost his World No. 1 status at the US Open to Jon Rahm last week and his struggles have continued on the PGA Tour.

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Thu, 24 Jun 2021
Dustin Johnson's STRUGGLES AGAIN on day one at Travelers Championship

Dustin Johnson's disappointing form on the PGA Tour unfortunately continued on day one at the Travelers Championship, as he shot a round of 70.

Johnson was tipped to bounce back at TPC River Highlands this week and he still could, but he sits seven shots off the lead set by Satoshi Kodaira and Kramer Hickok in the first round in Connecticut.

The current World No. 2 made a bad start on Thursday with a bogey at the par-4 2nd hole and he damagingly followed this up with a double-bogey six at the par-4 3rd hole.

The 36-year-old fought back around the turn with birdies at the 9th and 10th holes but again, he gave a shot back to the course on the par-5 13th hole. He finished with two birdies in his last two holes to finish on level-par.

The two-time major champion has not played his best on the PGA Tour in recent months, with his finish at the Palmetto Championship two weeks ago being his only top-10 place in his last nine events. 

He was knocked off the peak of golf's world rankings last week at the US Open by Jon Rahm and the big-hitting American has not won since he secured a win at The Masters back in November.

Johnson has previously changed his putter and club shafts this season, so maybe this uncertainty has led to inconsistent play on tour.

Fellow major champions Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau went just one better than Johnson on Thursday at the Travelers Championship, carding 1-under-par.

2021 PGA champion Phil Mickelson provided arguably the shot of the day on the 9th hole, where he rolled in a putt of almost 64 feet for a birdie.

Golf's oldest ever major winner also carded a round of 1-under-par to sit six shots behind Kodaira and Hickok.