After his near miss two months ago at the US Open, Dustin Johnson is pushing for contention at another Major.
The American who mysteriously missed the last few months of the 2014 season fired a 6-under 66 to take a 1-stroke lead after 18 holes at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
Johnson was 2-under after four holes, added birdies back to back to open the back nine, then eagled then 569-yard, par-5 No. 16 known as Endless Bite.
He leads by a single stroke over Sweden’s David Lingmerth, who came alive with five birdies over the span of seven holes to open the back nine.
Lingmerth has been one of the hottest players in the world over the past two months; winning the Memorial, finishing sixth at the Greenbrier Classic and the WGC-Bridgestone and third at the Quicken Loans National.
World No. 5 Jason Day is among eight players tied for third at 4-under. Playing in the initial grouping with Johnson, Day recorded one bogey, three birdies and an eagle on the day.
The two top-ranked players in the world, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, are tied for 24th at 1-under. McIlroy bogeyed No. 1 and No. 18 in his first action since the US Open, while Spieth was 1-over through 11 before two birdies down the stretch.