DUBLIN, Ohio - Dustin Johnson’s putter cooled off on Friday, but he finished with a 1-under 71 and is only three strokes back heading into the weekend at the Memorial Tournament.
“The only difference from today than yesterday is just didn't hole any putts,” Johnson said after taking 29 swipes, four more than Thursday. “It was pretty simple. I was having a lot of great looks and didn't make anything. I felt like I hit some pretty good putts.”
Johnson picked up where he left off in his opening-round 64 with three birdies in his opening six holes in Round 2. Bogeys on 16 and 17 stalled his momentum - he started on the back nine - but he rebounded with a birdie on the par-4 18th.
Johnson missed a 6-foot birdie putt to reach 11 under on the par-5 fifth, and then he made his worst swing of the day off the tee at No. 6. He duck-hooked his drive and his ball nearly went into someone’s backyard.
Instead of punching back out into the fairway, Johnson went for the green - which is guarded by a pond - and tried to clear two large trees. His second shot was swallowed up by one of the trees and deposited into a nearby fairway bunker. Johnson made double bogey to drop back to 8 under.
A birdie on the par-5 seventh left Johnson tied for fifth heading into the weekend.
“It's not a great score out there today,” Johnson said. “I felt like overall, though, I hit it pretty dang good.”