DUBLIN, Ohio – When Dustin Johnson set out on a cool and windy morning at the Memorial, he was tied for 64th and was 11 strokes out of the lead. When his eventful round ended he’d vaulted into the top 15.
Johnson was flawless on his opening nine with birdies at Nos. 2, 3 6, 7 and 9 and an eagle at No. 5 when he holed a 67-yard shot to go to 7 under for the day.
“It was good just to get a little more confidence back in the game,” said Johnson, who opened with rounds of 72-71. “I've been playing OK, just felt like it's been a little bit off. I definitely hit some really good shots.”
Johnson also proved to be resilient on Saturday, following a double bogey-6 at the 10th hole with another eagle at the 11th hole and he played the rest of the way in even par for a 7-under 65.
After winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March, Johnson has been consistent, with three top-10 finishes, but said it has been a struggle.
The difference on Saturday? TiVo.
“It was kind of funny, I was actually watching one of my commercials I filmed, it was right after Doral, and that was probably some of the best I've swung a club,” he said. “I just noticed something in my setup. I went out to the range and just adjusted my setup a little bit and started hitting the ball well again.”