ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – A late start, howling winds and impending darkness couldn’t slow down Dustin Johnson.
He went out in 33 Friday and made only one mistake as he stayed one shot clear at the Open Championship.
Johnson is 10 under through 31 holes, one shot ahead of Englishman Danny Willett, who posted 9-under 135. Johnson was just short of the par-5 14th green in two shots when play was suspended because of darkness. Play is scheduled to resume at 7 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET).
“I feel great,” he said. “I’m in a good spot. Definitely got tricky this afternoon, all day. It played very tough all day.”
While Johnson surged ahead, his more heralded playing competitor failed to make a charge.
Starting the day two shots behind as he chased the third leg of the Grand Slam, Jordan Spieth offset a trio of three-putts with three birdies on his front nine. He missed only one green but took 25 putts through 13 holes. He was five back when play was called.
Johnson birdied Nos. 4, 5, 7 and 10 to become the first player to reach 11 under this week, then three-putted the windy par-3 11th.
Indeed, it was all about hanging on once they turned into the wind on the back nine. Temperatures plunged into the low-50s, and Johnson (gloves) and Spieth (cap) donned winter gear. They played until about 9:30 p.m. local time.