For the third consecutive major tournament, Dustin Johnson is topping the leaderboard after 18 holes. The difficult part is retaining that position.
Helped by reasonably calm morning conditions at Whistling Straits, Johnson scored an eagle and five birdies during his match on Thursday, resulting in a 6-under 66 finish. He is currently one stroke clear of David Lingmerth and two ahead of a group of players including Matt Kuchar, Jason Day and Russell Henley.
Johnson had a sub-optimal week at The Open Championship, and suffered a collapse during the U.S. Open. Despite these recent issues, and his major bunker mistake here at Whistling Straits in 2010, DJ seems surprisingly calm and focussed.
As always, keeping things cool and together will be key this weekend. Johnson has a highly impressive first- and second-round average of 67.83. However, during the weekend matches, that average drops to 72. It seems that the accumulation of pressure becomes an issue for Johnson.
“Today I thought I did a great job of just staying patient, hitting the shots that the course allowed me to hit,” Johnson said. “So I was very pleased.”
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