ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – So, here we go again. Dustin Johnson is in the lead of another major championship, searching for his first title.
Johnson has four top-five finishes in majors but it’s his disastrous finishes that have lived in infamy. A final-round 82 at the 2010 U.S. Open moved him out of contention quickly, the bunker snafu later that year at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits was a freak thing, and the errant 2-iron on the 14th hole at Royal St. George’s in 2011 was inexcusable. But the three-putt from 13-feet to lose the U.S. Open last month at Chambers Bay takes the cake.
“I’m very pleased with my score in Round 2,” he said.
Here are some stats regarding Johnson:
• Either Johnson or Jordan Spieth have held the lead or a share of the lead in all 10 major championship rounds this year.
• Johnson’s 10-under-par total is the best 36-hole score of his major championship career.
• This is Johnson’s first career 36-hole lead in a major.
• This is the sixth 36-hole lead of Johnson’s PGA Tour career. He’s won three of the previous five.
• This is the fifth straight major start in which Johnson has been inside the top five after two rounds.
• Johnson is the fifth U.S. Open runner-up in the modern era to lead the British Open through 36 holes. Each of the previous four players to accomplish that won the British.
• Johnson is a combined 31 under par in the first two rounds of his last five majors; He’s even par in the last two rounds over that same span.
(Note: Golf Channel’s editorial research unit provided information for this report.)