Golf doesn’t lubricate a winners, yet it competence be tempted to do so with Dustin Johnson, in a lead, during Pebble Beach.
Johnson, who has now been No. 1 in a World Ranking for a full year, shot a seven-under standard 64 on a Shore Course during Monterey Peninsula Country Club on Friday and shares a 36-hole lead of a ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am with Beau Hossler.
Though Hossler moves to Monterey Peninsula CC, a easiest of a 3 courses, on Saturday, it’s still advantage Johnson, given his ranking, his form and his story during Pebble Beach. All that and a fact that he got by Monterey Peninsula unscathed.
“I consider it’s substantially my lowest by about 7 shots during Monterey Peninsula,” he said, “so we was happy with that. It’s substantially a initial time too we consider we have ever played over there with good weather, so it was unequivocally a good day. But, yeah, kind of a same as yesterday, we usually felt like we played unequivocally solid, strike a lot of unequivocally good shots, strike a lot of good putts and it was a flattering easy day.”
Johnson, who will play Pebble Beach on Saturday, has won a contest twice and also is entrance off an eight-stroke feat in his final PGA Tour start during a Sentry Tournament of Champions (he also tied for ninth in a European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship dual weeks later). Moreover in his usually other PGA Tour start this wraparound season, he tied for second in a WGC-HSBC Champions, where he consumed a six-shot lead by 54 holes.
His form is commencement to resemble that that done him a restricted favorite streamer into a Masters final year. In his 4 starts before to nearing in Augusta, he finished third, followed by 3 true victories, before a set of sleazy stairs and an indirect behind damage finished his contest before it began.
“The game’s unequivocally close,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s utterly as good as it was during that stretch. That was substantially some of a best golf I’ve played in my career, though tools of a diversion are usually as good. we would contend that I’m pushing it well, though I’m substantially not utterly as good as we was when on those 3 wins, though all else feels like it’s unequivocally good.”
Hossler, who shot a five-under standard 67 during Spyglass Hill, has played a bogey-free 36 holes in his bid for a initial feat in this usually his 10th start as a PGA Tour member.
“I usually had a flattering unchanging diversion plan, haven’t attempted to do anything crazy,” Hossler said. “The thing is with golf you’ve got to be flattering patient. I’ve usually unequivocally attempted to concentration on my diversion plan, to strike to a lot of a center of a greens with longer clubs, try and be some-more assertive with a wedges and take what a golf march gives me. Fortunately it’s been entrance around a small bit.”
Troy Merritt and Julian Suri are tied for third, dual behind of a co-leaders, while Phil Mickelson climbed into a tie for fifth, 3 off a lead. Mickelson had a singular bogey-free round, a six-under 65 during Monterey Peninsula.
“I was awaiting to play like this a initial integrate of weeks so a initial integrate of weeks was a small disappointing,” Mickelson said. “But now a scores are starting to come out, I’m means to get out of a mechanics of it and usually start personification a turn and attack shots. I’m really confident about this weekend and I’m confident about a year.”