Dustin Johnson Loses Lead After a Poor First Nine

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Oakville, Canada

After a mostly solid first day at the 2016 RBC Canadian Open, Dustin Johnson was playing catch-up after a rough first nine on Friday. But a sudden turn-around late in his first nine put the world’s number two-ranked golfer back on track, and Dustin Johnson leads the field early on day two.

After sinking a 10-foot putt for eagle on the 18th yesterday to grab a share of the lead, Johson said:

“My game feels good. I’ve got a lot of confidence in it. I feel like I’m swinging really well. I felt like I rolled the ball really nicely with the putter today. I’m definitely driving the ball nicely. I’ve got a lot of confidence in the driver. I feel like I can hit it in the fairway.”

Dustin Johnson Leads Despite a Poor First Nine at the Canadian Open

However, going into day two, Johnson bogeyed the 11th (he started the day on the back nine). To put him further off the lead, he double-bogeyed the 12th, leaving him three shots back. His round continued its downward trajectory with another bogey, his fourth, on the par 5 13th.

He turned things around on the the par 5 16th with a birdie, and then another on the 18th. He went into the turn only two off the leader heading into the back nine.

The FedEx Cup points leader continued where he left off on ten by moving to five under on the first hole. His 118-yard approach landed eight feet from the pin, which he drained.

And then on the par 5 second hole, his approach found the bunker. But a beautifully played third shot landed him within a foot of the hole. An easy tap-in gave him a share of the lead with Luke List, who teed off at 12:35.

On the par 4 fifth, he rolled in a nice birdie putt from 12 feet out.

A strong round from Jon Rahm had him temporarily sharing the lead with Johnson, but a double bogey on the fourth left Johnson as the outright leader. A bogey on the eighth dropped the leader to seven and, combined with consecutive Luke List birdies to start his round, he was a point off of the new leader, List.

In the final hole, the ninth, Johnson parred, going into the clubhouse a shot back of current leader List.

 

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