Johnson made a pair of double bogeys and finished the day at 2 under, eight shots back of leader Phil Mickelson.
“Just had two shots, on 7 and then on 11, just water got on the face [of the club] and one kind of knuckled straight and then went in the gorse on 7, had to re-tee, and then same thing on 11, just water,” Johnson said. “Just kind of hit it really solid, hit a good shot, and just kind of squirted right and went out of bounds. Other than that, I played really well all day.”
Johnson also missed a handful of putts inside 4 feet. It could have been a special round that vaulted him back into contention following a disappointing, opening 71. Instead, he’ll need a banner weekend to capture his second consecutive major title.
“I know I'll be off pretty early in front of the leader, so just go out and post a number,” he said. “I've got 36 holes to see how good I am.”