SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – There are more than 1,000 bunkers at Whistling Straits, which is about how many times Dustin Johnson has answered questions regarding his final-hole gaffe at the 2010 PGA Championship.
Thursday’s metaphorical answer, however, seemed much more definitive.
Johnson, who was penalized two strokes on the final hole in 2010 when he grounded his club in a bunker, was nearly perfect on Day 1 of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and moved into the early lead with a 66.
“I really felt like I had my ball under control a lot like I did at the U.S. Open,” said Johnson, who has become accustomed to revisiting that miscue in 2010. “I feel a lot more comfortable right now.”
Johnson opened his quest to win his first major championship quickly with back-to-back birdies and added an eagle at the 16th hole for an opening nine of 32.
In five tournament rounds at Whistling Straits Johnson is 6 under par on the par-5 16th hole, a run that included Thursday’s eagle from 25 feet.
His 6-under 66 is his lowest tournament round at Whistling Straits, with his best score at the 2010 PGA a third-round 67. But as is normally the case with DJ, the bomber didn’t seem interested in putting much importance in his fast start.
“It’s only the first round; we’ve still got a lot of golf to play,” he said. “Today was pretty easy. I was swinging well and I was hitting the shots where I was looking.”