Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Johnson takes 4-shot lead into weekend at US Open

Johnson takes 4-shot lead into weekend at US Open

Another shot went on the sixth, but like the Woods of old he kept fighting to the end and closed with back-to-back birdies to end 10 over.

"I played well", Lumsden said afterward.

The plan was right. That was his first flaw.

Dustin Johnson has history on his side going into the weekend at the U.S. Open.

The rock hard greens.

That sort of transformation is precisely what Moving Day is all about and, without placing too much faith in weather forecasts after two days of unpredictability, it is encouraging from that perspective.

The damage was done on Thursday, make no doubt about that. At the time of his rules breach, he had already fallen to 10-over for the tournament.

In fact, the back nine of his second round was impressive.

The only problem is that the bogeys were avoidable.

Contributing to his downfall was a meltdown on the par four 13th. "Anything within three shots of the lead on the back Sunday, anything can happen".

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Both players had the worst of the draw as well, but there is a reason on top of their prodigious ball-striking why Johnson is a past victor of this event and Fleetwood finished tied fourth previous year.

Mickelson then jogged to get behind the ball and hit it while it looked to be still in motion.

His outlook at Shinnecock Hills has been built on patience and being practical.

The Masters is the one he wants to win so badly, of course, but this will sting too.

Woods says he still thinks he can win another major before he's done.

But the tournament for now is in the hands of Johnson, who has married an impressive short game with his prodigious length to open up a sizeable gap after sharing a four-way tie for the lead after round one.

His playing partner Spieth began the day eight over and had slipped to 11 over after 11 holes before four straight pars set up a late scramble to make the cut. In addition to Ian Poulter and Russell Henley among the contenders, Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka have both hit at least one double. He then double-bogeyed the first hole, and along with bogeys at the second and sixth holes put him at 12-over for the tournament and in danger of missing the cut.

It was odd for him to make the mistake at his 17th, the eighth, as that was one pin you could not take on and nobody did. "Around here, it seems like when I do get out of position, I'm just trying to do everything I can to get it back into position, not try to push it, and just give myself a decent look. something on the green where I can have a look at par". If it misses, it misses.

"I'm hitting it just fine", he said on Friday.

"The windy conditions took me by surprise on Thursday and that is what really got me", said McIlroy, who is a combined 52 over par in the US Open since winning it with a record total of 16 under par in 2011.

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