Dustin Johnson falls to third after round two at U.S. Open
By Nicole Gaddie under US Open


Well folks, he almost did it again.

Dustin Johnson maintained his lead until hole 17 of round two at the U.S. Open on Friday.

The 30-year-old entered the day tied with Henrik Stenson after both shot 65 in the yesterday’s opening round.

Johnson has only shot a 65 twice before in a major championship: once in the third round of the 2013 PGA Championship, and again in the second round of the 2014 British Open.

“I thought I played pretty well today,” said Johnson. “It played really difficult. When I got into trouble I felt I hit good shots and got myself out of it and made some good up-and-downs.”

There is no denying that Johnson’s prodigious length has been a huge advantage on the long links course. The 11th hole, which measures 541 yards, is the longest par-4 in U.S. Open history. Johnson’s bombing drives lead to shorter second shots. Resulting in shorter clubs into the firm greens and more control over spin and bounce.

Johnson got off to a good start, played consistent on front nine, and made three birdies and two bogies for a total of 35. His back nine also began well with a par on the 10th and a birdie on the 11th.

He would follow that with two pars, a hooked drive on14 that would lead to a bogey, and a par on the next two.

The trouble started at 17 when he missed a short putt for par. He then drove into a fairway bunker on 18 and yet another bunker on his approach. A missed slippery downhill putt for par and Johnson had relinquished his position at the top of the leaderboard.

“I’d like to have the drive on 18 back,” said Johnson. “I just put myself in a very bad position. I knew that sitting on the tee, I hit a bad shot.”

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth are currently tied for first place at five under. Johnson and Branden Grace are one back at four under.

Johnson’s last win was at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, in March where he shot nine under.

“Still got 36 holes of golf, a lot can happen,” said Johnson. “Two back going into tomorrow, that’s fine with me. I like where I’m at.”

75 players made the cut and all are within 10 shots of leaders Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth heading into day three.