FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Statistically, Dustin Johnson was his predictably dominant self from tee to inexperienced on Friday on the PGA Championship. His placing, nonetheless, was one other story.
Johnson was first in strokes gained: tee-to-green, first in driving distance and second in greens in regulation when he accomplished his second spherical. Sadly, he was additionally 68th in strokes gained: placing and has wanted 62 putts by means of 36 holes at Bethpage Black.
“The greens are very delicate and also you’re making an attempt to learn break, and I missed lots of putts simply taking part in an excessive amount of break. However then you definitely do this, and then you definitely go and you do not play sufficient and it breaks,” Johnson mentioned. “They’re exhausting to learn. I felt like I am hitting good putts, so I have to preserve doing that.”
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The excellent news for Johnson is that regardless of his less-than-stellar week thus far on the greens, he stays within the hunt after a second-round, Three-under 67. He was tied for third place and three strokes off the tempo when he accomplished his spherical.
The low level for Johnson on the greens got here when he three-putted from 82 toes on the par-Three third gap (he began his spherical on No. 10), and he’s made simply six putts longer than 5 toes this week. He had began Spherical 2 with 5 birdies in his first eight holes.
“I missed fairly a number of brief ones there from 18 to five,” Johnson mentioned. “But when I preserve giving myself possibilities, I really feel like I am rolling the putter effectively, only a couple misreads.”