D.J. gets another shot at elusive major title

By PAUL NEWBERRY | July 16, 2011 | 5:29 PM EDT

Dustin Johnson of the US reacts after putting a birdie on the 12th green during the third day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Saturday, July 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

SANDWICH, England (AP) — After squandering two chances to win a major championship last year, Dustin Johnson never envisioned getting another shot at this British Open.

Not when he arrived at Royal St. George's with swollen glands the size of grapes.

Certainly not when he played the first 12 holes at 4 over, looking more like a guy headed home before the weekend than someone who'd be playing in the final group.

Well, that's just where he'll be on Sunday.


Johnson posted his second straight 2-under 68 in the third round, leaving him one stroke off the pace set by Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke.

You'll remember that Johnson fell apart at last year's U.S. Open. Then, a much-debated penalty on the 72nd hole cost him a spot in the playoff at the PGA Championship.