Big leads don’t always work out at majors

Nick Watney during the final round of the PGA Championship.

Nick Watney during the final round of the PGA Championship.


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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Sometimes it doesn’t pay to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of a major championship.

Two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen did so at the 2005 Open at Pinehurst, but shot a closing 81 and tied for 11th, nine shots behind winner Michael Campbell.

Dustin Johnson did so at this year’s Open at Pebble Beach, but closed with 82 and tied for eighth, five shots behind winner Graeme McDowell.

Nick Watney did so here at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, but finished with an 81 and tied for 18th, seven shots out of the playoff won by Martin Kaymer.

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