ATLANTA – Comparing anyone to Tiger Woods always seems unrealistic, but entering the Tour Championship more than one player suggested that Dustin Johnson’s current form is starting to look Tiger-esque.
On Thursday at East Lake, Johnson added to those comparisons by opening with a 66 for a share of the first-round lead; and like he’s done so many times, he climbed his way into contention without every aspect of his game perfectly aligned.
Johnson hit 13 of 18 fairways and was second in the field in strokes gained-tee to green, but he needed 28 putts and converted just three putts over 5 feet.
Despite a breakout season that includes three PGA Tour victories and his first major triumph at the U.S. Open, Johnson said he hasn’t had what he would consider a great putting year.
“I don't think I putted great at [WGC-Bridgestone Invitational],” said Johnson, who is tied with Kevin Chappell and Hideki Matsuyama. “Kind of the same thing at the U.S. Open. I just hit the ball really well at both of those. You know, they were tough golf courses.”