Dustin Johnson continued his march towards history on Friday, shooting a 3-under 67 in Atlanta to take a 1-stroke lead at the Tour Championships.
The course was a battle for the top 30 men in the FedEx Cup final, but then, isn’t it supposed to be?
“The game is never easy. I wish it was,” Johnson said. “Obviously, I’m playing good right now. I’ve got a lot of confidence in my game. Every week, I feel like I bring the same game, which is nice. But I put in a lot of work to get to where I am.”
It’s his seventh straight round of 68 or better during the FedEx Cup. Kevin Chappell, who has never actually won an event on the PGA Tour, is a shot behind Johnson. It’s a remarkable story for Chappell, who turned 30 in July and turned pro in 2008.
“He’s the best player in the world right now, and it’s an opportunity for me to see where my game is. There’s a golf tournament going on, and I have a chance to win that. That’s the ultimate goal. But I also have a chance to see why he’s the best player in the world right now, and I look forward to taking advantage of that opportunity.”
He finished third at the US Open in 2011, but did not play the Masters this year and was cut at the US Open and PGA Championship. He finished tied for 53rd at The Open Championship.
Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama are tied for third, four strokes behind Johnson. Rory McIlroy is five strokes back. McIlroy could win the overall FedEx title if he finished first and Johnson finished no higher than third.
Jason Day will not win the tournament nor the FedEx title. He withdrew with nagging back issues on Friday, eliminating one of Johnson’s biggest threats.