Playing in the final group with Rory McIlroy, Johnson appeared on his way to a memorable Saturday when he birdied the first and McIlroy bogeyed, bringing the American within two of the lead. But that was as close as Johnson would get. After going 30 holes without a bogey, he bogeyed three straight on the front nine just as Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler, two other heralded players in search of their first major, were surging. Although Johnson rallied with three birdies on the back nine, he'll be forced to chase McIlroy from seven back on Sunday. -- S.W.