World series one Dustin Johnson battled by wily afternoon winds to post a three-under-par 67 and plea for a lead after a opening turn of a ATT Byron Nelson in Irving, Texas on Thursday.
“It was unequivocally formidable today, a proceed it was floating tough and it was gusty,” Johnson told Golf Channel after relocating within 3 shots of co-leaders James Hahn and Ricky Barnes in a vast organisation tied during three-under.
“It was really formidable to decider a wind. My brief diversion was flattering good today. we done some good saves to keep a turn going,” combined long-hitting Johnson, who indispensable only 24 putts.
Reigning US Open champion Johnson is gunning for his fourth win in 6 outings.
Ireland’s Seamus Power carded a initial turn 69, with a double spook on a standard 4 third hole disrupting his round. Starting on a behind 9 he strike birdies on a 16th and 17th, before going birdie, bogey, birdie on his final 3 holes.
Hahn rolled in a 20-footer to birdie a 18th for his share of a lead, while associate early starter Barnes rode to a tip of a leaderboard on a strength of 5 birdies on a front side.
Tied for second on four-under-par 66 were Americans Matt Kuchar, Jason Kokrak and Cameron Tringale, along with Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas.
Australian universe series 4 Jason Day, who had a set-back of rolling off a immature during a 16th after attack a hang with his proceed shot, done a prolonged birdie during 18 gave him a two-under 68 to tie for 14th with 11 others including two-times vital leader and internal favourite Jordan Spieth.
Defending champion and Masters leader Sergio Garcia bogeyed a final to finish a turn during TPC Las Colinas during a Four Seasons Resort with a three-over 73. The Spaniard was tied for 93rd and will be pulpy to make a cut.