The Loop

Here's how Dustin Johnson dropped three shots quick Friday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic

It wasn't quite Chambers Bay, but another three-putt proved costly on Friday for Dustin Johnson.

Johnson has been playing some great golf heading into the U.S. Open. He hasn't gotten a win, but he was a factor last week at the Memorial (finished third) and shot a final-round 64 at the Byron Nelson.

He's knocking on the door.

DJ had it going, too, over the first 36 holes at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. That is, until a bogey at the 17th hole and a double bogey at the 18th. And a pretty bad three-putt on the final hole of the day Friday costed Johnson two shots to put him four shots behind of Daniel Berger.

It always seems to be the putting with DJ. Sure, his three-jack on the 72nd hole at Chambers Bay is what all golf fans think about. But on a more regular basis, it's the putter that holds DJ back from not winning more.

Even the game's best players, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, admit that DJ's probably the most talented golfer on tour. When he's hitting it close, he's tough to beat.

DJ's been close this year to getting his first win of the season, which will make it nine straight years on the PGA Tour with a win. It seems like his time is coming soon. Look at his finishes since February -- he hasn't finished outside the top 30 and missed zero cuts. (And no one talks about his T-4 at this year's Masters.)

But his chances were knocked back by his finishing stretch on Friday.