D. Johnson eyes second WGC-HSBC title

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Dustin Johnson has found his comfort zone in China, which is a frightening proposition for the other 77 players at the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Two years after setting the tournament scoring record, Johnson fired a 7-under 65 to match his opening-round score at Sheshan International and move into second place, one shot behind Kevin Kisner.

"I played very well today. I thought I never really got into trouble," Johnson said. "I really like this golf course. I feel comfortable out here. I think I'm swinging very well."

After his 2013 victory, Johnson did not return to China to defend his title last fall because of a six-month leave of absence that sidelined him until February. He struggled with windy conditions during the second round, but closed with three straight birdies and built upon that momentum with five birdies in his first eight holes Saturday.

"I'm feeling really good about the game. Just got to go out and do it tomorrow," he said. "I like it here, I really do. The golf course is great. It's in great shape and it's a lot of fun to play."

With a victory, Johnson could extend a pair of impressive streaks: he has won at least one tournament every season since 2008, the longest active streak on Tour, and he would win a WGC event in three straight seasons. The only other player to pull off that feat is Tiger Woods.

"I'll definitely have a chance to win tomorrow, and you know, that's all you can ask for," he said. "Tomorrow, just need to go out and do what I did today. Just drive it in the fairway and get a lot of good looks at birdies."