It’s been only underneath a month given Justin Thomas overtook Dustin Johnson for World No. 1, though Johnson’s play on Friday during a FedEx St. Jude Classic would prove that’s been too prolonged of a layoff from a tip mark for a now World No. 2. Teeing off in a morning wave, Johnson picked detached a formidable TPC Southwind, banishment a seven-under standard 63 and creation it demeanour easy during a place he’s finished so before, winning a eventuality in 2012.
“It’s never easy, though we feel like I’m personification flattering well,” pronounced Johnson, who leads by one during 10-under 130 by 36 holes. “I’m overhanging a bar unequivocally well, we know that if we can expostulate it in a fairway that I’m going to get myself a good demeanour for birdie. we felt like we did that good flattering most all day today. Hit a lot of good shots in there and had a lot of unequivocally good looks during birdies.”
Beginning his turn on a behind nine, Johnson picked adult a birdie on his opening hole, a par-4 10th, though bogeys during a wily 12th and 13th holes forsaken him to one over on a round. That was fast lost when he rolled in a 20-footer for birdie during a par-3 14th and afterwards got adult and down for birdie from a greenside fort during a par-5 16th. He salvaged a one-under 34 on his front, and afterwards took assign on a behind nine, starting during a par-4 first, where Johnson one-hopped his 110-yard proceed shot for eagle.
He’d go on to make 4 some-more birdies en track to a back-nine 29 highlighted by his considerable play with a driver. He ranks initial in a margin in strokes-gained/off-the-tee this week.
“When I’m personification good my turn moves left to right all a time,” he said. “Right now it is and we feel like I’m overhanging good and have a lot of certainty in my swing, and here, generally where you’ve got to start it, given we got to strike a fairways out here, we got to trust it and we feel like I’m doing that unequivocally good right now.”
If Johnson’s means to keep it rolling and win this weekend, he’ll take behind his mark during a tip of a Official World Golf Ranking, a good place to be streamer into a U.S. Open during Shinnecock Hills.
Ryan Blaum and Andrew Putnam, who any shot six-under 64s, route Johnson by one during nine-under 131. C.T. Pan and Wesley Bryan are during eight-under 132.
Three behind during seven-under 133 Brandt Snedeker, who carded a bogey-free eight-under 62, a low turn of a week and his lowest turn on a PGA Tour given he posted a first-round 63 during a 2016 Sony Open in Hawaii. The eight-time debate leader is in hunt of his initial tip 10 given final year’s U.S. Open during Erin Hills, where he tied for ninth before creation only one some-more start and saying his deteriorate get cut brief due to a sternum injury.
Brooks Koepka is tied for ninth during five-under 135 after sharpened a one-under 69.