RIDGELAND, S.C. – Fair warning.
Just in time for subsequent week’s U.S. Open, Dustin Johnson is getting dialed in.
Shaking off current struggles, the world No. 1 turned in a bogey-free, 6-under-par 65 Thursday to seize a share of the early lead in the primary spherical of the Palmetto Championship at Congaree.
The scary half is his scorecard didn’t embrace a single birdie on the three par 5s, and he missed two birdie putts inside 8 toes. And his friends ought to take discover: The final time Johnson opened with a 65 or higher on the PGA Tour, he gained the Masters. In all, he’s gained 5 of 16 instances on Tour when opening with a 65 or higher.
“I felt like I’ve been swinging well for a while now, just haven’t really seen the results or seen the scores,” Johnson mentioned. “I made a few putts. I just played solid golf, finally put a round together.”
He’s had a tough time placing something collectively this yr. His lone top-10 on the PGA Tour got here again in February and in his different seven begins, he completed north of forty fifth thrice and missed two cuts, together with in his most up-to-date begin in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
In one seven-hole stretch, he hit each strategy to inside 11 toes. He discovered 10 of 14 fairways and ended his day by chipping in for birdie from 81 toes.
“It was OK,” he mentioned about his placing. (*1*)
Johnson shared the lead with Doc Redman, who tied for forty second in final week’s Memorial after which began this week by withdrawing from the U.S. Open closing qualifier in Columbus, Ohio in his first spherical.
Turns out it was the very best factor for him.
“I played 10 holes and then decided I had enough. We had a long rain delay and I was just ready to get home,” Redman mentioned. “I spent Tuesday at home and then drove up Wednesday morning, which is what I needed. Memorial is such a long, hot, brutal week and I played really well the last three days there and so I was just trying to keep that going into this week and play well.
“It’s just been a lot of hard work the past few weeks. I know I’ve been playing well and it’s a pretty cool golf course. I was able to hit some good shots and make some putts and just kind of next thing I know it was kind of going well.”
Jhonattan Vegas stood alone in third with 66. A bunch at 67 included Patrick Rodgers and a big group at 68 included Tommy Fleetwood.
Among the late starters had been Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter, Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Fitzpatrick.