Dustin Johnson continued his crimson scorching play at Northern Belief Open on Saturday curling in a 40-foot eagle putt on 18 to present him a 5 shot cushion going into the ultimate spherical of the FedExCup playoffs opener. Johnson’s third spherical seven-under 64 whereas spectacular was nearly greeted with a yawn after the sensational 11-under 60 the big-hitting American carded on Friday that shot him to the highest of the leaderboard the place he has remained.
Sitting 5 again are Harris English after returning a 66 for the second straight day and Scottie Scheffler, who returned a 67 a day after taking pictures a 59, simply the 12th sub-60 spherical in PGA Tour historical past.
It was one other cool, assured show from Johnson on the TPC Boston piling up 5 birdies earlier than dropping his first shot in two days with a bogey on the 13th.
However Johnson would shut in type with a birdie at 17 and an eagle at 18.
It’s going to mark the second time in as many tournaments Johnson has held the 54th lead however can be searching for a special consequence after failing to shut the deal on the PGA Championships.
Definitely Johnson is not going to be beneath as a lot stress as he was at Harding Park the place he began the ultimate spherical with a one shot benefit, however he is aware of he can’t be complacent on structure the place low scores are there for the taking.
“Clearly I’m in an important place and like the place I’m at, however I’m nonetheless going to should exit and shoot a superb rating,” Johnson advised reporters. “You’ll be able to go low out right here and guys are going low daily, particularly with the situations now we have.”
This week’s match, open to the highest 125 golfers within the season-long factors standings, is the primary of three playoff occasions that culminate with the Sept. 4-7 Tour Championship in Atlanta and the $15 million prize to the FedExCup champion.
Solely the highest 70 within the standings after this week go on to the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields outdoors Chicago, and from there the highest 30 transfer on to Atlanta.
There was no transferring day cost from Tiger Woods, who plodded his solution to a two-over 73.
Woods received his break day to a constructive begin with a birdie on the second and ended on an upbeat be aware with one other at 18 however in-between the 15-time main winner collected 5 bogeys to go away him simply three strokes off the underside of the leaderboard.
It was an equally disappointing outing for Rory McIlroy, the Northern Irishman taking a pair of triple bogeys on his outward 9 on solution to a three-over 73.
The defending FedEx Cup champion opened his spherical with a birdie however gave that again and extra when his third shot on the second, a chip from simply off the inexperienced, ricocheted off a rock into the water hazard on solution to an eight.