Dustin Johnson, tuning up for the US Open and aiming to regain the world number one ranking, fired a seven-under par 63 on Friday to grab the second-round lead at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Indeed, a lot of good things did happen for Johnson. "I like this golf course, and I feel like I play it well and wanted to be on top of my game going into next week, too". "I didn't really have it today, but I was able to close out the round with a couple of birdies to get it back to even". He shot 72 and finished at 13 under.
"I feel like I'm playing really well", Johnson said. Starting the day tied with Putnam, DJ got the early break when Putnam doubled the first hole. Johnson turned in the lowest score under par by a victor here since David Toms at 20 under in 2003 - before the course was redesigned dropping par from 71 to 70 after the 2004 tournament.
Johnson, who would reclaim the world's top ranking from Justin Thomas with a win this week, started his round on the back nine and birdied the 10th before back-to-back bogeys at Nos. I know if I can drive it in the fairway I'm going to give myself a good look for birdie.
Topping his walk-off eagle won't be easy.
"The difficulty is the rough, it's hard to get the ball on the green if you don't drive it in the fairway", Mickelson said after his round.
Watch the incredible shot below.
J.B. Holmes (67) was at 9 under. Stewart Cink and Richy Werenski tied for fourth at eight under par. Brandt Snedeker (70) was at 7 under. A third-round 65 puts him in a tie for 10th at 6 under.
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Notes: Putnam has just one bogey through two rounds. After bogeys at 12 and 13 he bounced back with birdies at 14 and 16. Johnson rolled in a 4-footer for par and a two-stroke lead at 15 under on a sizzling day with the temperature feeling like 99.
CHASING: Well, there's really nobody technically chasing as Johnson and Putnam are five in front of everybody else.
With Sunday's victory, Johnson will be among the favourites to win the US Open starting on Thursday at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course in NY.
Johnson hit an iron 307 yards off the tee at No. 10.
Yokomine, the victor of 23 events on the Japan LPGA Tour, flirted with a 59 but parred the par-5 18th for a 61 to tie the course record.
LPGA: Two-time champion Anna Nordqvist shot a 5-under 66 for a share of the first-round lead with Laura Diaz and Celine Herbin in the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Galloway, New Jersey.
He is bidding to win the season's second major for a second time after claiming the title at Oakmont in 2016.