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Dustin Johnson kept the top of the Northern Trust second round

Dustin Johnson kept the top of the Northern Trust second round

Five birdies helped the former world number one Dustin Johnson rise to the top of the second round with -12, but were followed closely by Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

Dustin Johnson would have done better without missing out on nine birdie opportunities from a distance of three meters. After the bogey in the first hole, the 35-year-old golfer regained the teeing style and had the opportunity to bring the ball to the green smoothly. Even so, it took up to the last six holes, Johnson played a burst of birdies three times.

"The -4 point of this round is not bad, though things may be better", Johnson admitted. "I'm happy with today's tee shot. It helped me to get on the weekend with confidence. I'm in a good position to win the championship if I keep swinging like this. I believe everything will go smoothly in two. next day".

In the past, Johnson twice won the Northern Trust when the tournament took place in other competitions. At both times, he kept the top of the table after the second round and never played more than 70 strokes in all four rounds. At Liberty National, Johnson is reproducing that form with 63 strokes (par 71) in the first round and 67 strokes in the second round.

However, the owner of 20 PGA Tour titles will have to compete fiercely with fellow stars. Jordan Spieth is right behind with just one more stick. After a period of decline, Spieth returned to a strong start at this year's FedEx Cup Playoffs event.

The 26-year-old birdie was eight times in the second round and only bogey once to raise the total score to -11. Sticking with him is Patrick Reed, who won 66 sticks in both first rounds. The Masters 2018 champion has not yet bogey any time after two days of competition. However, up to three other people who scored the -10 points like Reed, were John Rahm, Troy Merritt and Abraham Ancer.

The race in the last two rounds promises a lot of surprises when the rear golfer continues to rise strongly. Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose both scored -9, Ian Poulter and Kevin Kisner got -8, while Justin Thomas was not too far behind with -7.

Among the names cut off, Tiger Woods gave up because of injury. Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Jason Day only reached par after two rounds. The third-place FedEx Cup scorer this week is Matt Kuchar also left early with a total of +1 points.