Thirty-six holes in one day in the Major you blew on the final hole a year ago? No big deal for Dustin Johnson.
Last year’s runner-up had just one bogey in 36 holes on a frantic pace Friday to tie for the lead at the US Open shooting 67-69 to reach 4-under. Johnson shot a 3-under 67 for his first round; bogeyed the first hole of the second round, then was 2-under the rest of the way.
I like the golf course; I’ve liked it since the first time I saw it last Tuesday,” said Johnson. “I think it’s just a good, challenging golf course. It’s fun to play. You’ve got to hit a lot of different shots.”
He nominally shares the lead with American Andrew Landry, who fired a 4-under 66 on Thursday and will play his second and third rounds on Saturday.
Lee Westwood, who has finished at least third at all four Majors but never won one is third after a 3-under 67 in the first round. A stroke back are Scott Piercy and Sergio Garcia, who have each finished two rounds 2-under.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth is tied for 29th after finish with a +2 first round. World No. 1 Jason Day was terrible on Day 1 6-over 76, and was 1-under through 15 on Day 2 to sit tied for 55th.
World No. 3 Rory McIlory was even worse, racking up eight bogeys, including five in the last seven holes.