Zach Johnson fired a seven-under 66 to get to -13 at the halfway mark, taking a three-shot lead over Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth. Most intriguing part of Zach’s somewhat “boring” round? He didn’t make birdie on any of the par-5s!
Welcome to the first tournament of 2014 and my first day of work for the year! It’s a beautiful day here in Kapalua and I’m not annoyed at all that I’m sitting inside a cart-barn-converted media center — not at all! Fine, I know I can’t complain, especially since it seems like it’s snowing in many places on the mainland.
Well, let’s get started into all the insider bytes you need to know.
Things have always been bound to get ugly (or uglier, should I say) with Vijay Singh’s suit against the PGA Tour. Recently, Singh’s lawyer named five players in connection with those who have had “actual or possible violation” of the PGA Tour’s Anti-Doping Program.
While the Tour has denied Singh’s lawyers for sweeping discovery requests, which stipulate for documents and communications related to the “possible or acutal violation of the [Tour's Anti-Doping] Program” of five current professional golfers: Doug Barron, Matt Every, Mark Calcavecchia, Scott Verplank and Dustin Johnson, according to Golf.com.
Now, obviously Johnson, ranked no. 14 in the world, is the biggest name of the group. In a recent interview with GolfChannel.com at this week’s Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, he denied any link with Singh’s situation and drug-related accusations (which have taken their course in the rumor mill for several years):
In a hard-fought battle between three world-class players, Dustin Johnson clinched the most significant victory of his career (so far) at the HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club. On the back nine the 29-year-old American played a key stretch of five holes at five-under, including a chip-in on the short par-4 16th.
Despite rolling in 10 birdies and playing one of the best rounds of his life on Saturday in the third round of the HSBC Champions, Dustin Johnson walked off Sheshan International rather disappointed. He fired a six-under 66, but he wasn’t jumping for joy afterwards because of his poor finish and missed opportunity to open a five-shot lead heading into the final round after making a double-bogey on the reachable-in-two par-5 18th.
Dustin Johnson soared up the leaderboard, firing a nine-under 63 that included 10 birdies and one bogey to steer him five clear of the field as he heads into the weekend at the HSBC Champions. Johnson usurped his long-hitting, bomber style of play to overpower Sheshan International Golf Club, rolling in birdies on six of his first seven holes to quickly catch first-round leader Rory McIlroy.