“The only difference from today than yesterday is just didn't hole any putts,” Johnson said after taking 29 swipes, four more than Thursday. “It was pretty simple. I was having a lot of great looks and didn't make anything. I felt like I hit some pretty good putts.”
Johnson picked up where he left off in his opening-round 64 with three birdies in his opening six holes in Round 2. Bogeys on 16 and 17 stalled his momentum - he started on the back nine - but he rebounded with a birdie on the par-4 18th.
Johnson missed a 6-foot birdie putt to reach 11 under on the par-5 fifth, and then he made his worst swing of the day off the tee at No. 6. He duck-hooked his drive and his ball nearly went into someone’s backyard.
Instead of punching back out into the fairway, Johnson went for the green - which is guarded by a pond - and tried to clear two large trees. His second shot was swallowed up by one of the trees and deposited into a nearby fairway bunker. Johnson made double bogey to drop back to 8 under.
A birdie on the par-5 seventh left Johnson tied for fifth heading into the weekend.
“It's not a great score out there today,” Johnson said. “I felt like overall, though, I hit it pretty dang good.”