DJ getting 'Tiger-esque' comparisons at East Lake

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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.


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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.”