Johnson finds unusual struggles on back nine
AUGUSTA, Ga. Dustin Johnson’s game seems well-suited for Augusta National, a fact confirmed when he took the lead at Augusta National on Friday.
Johnson, who shot 67 Thursday to sit one shot off the lead, took the lead after a birdie on the par-5 13th that got him to 7 under par for the tournament.
He made bogey at the next hole, then double-bogeyed the par-5 15th after laying up and hitting his short third shot into the water in front of the green. He also made bogey at the par-4 17th for the second consecutive day and closed with a double-bogey at the 18th.
All told, Johnson played his final five holes in 6 over. He declined comment after his round. He sits at 1-under 143 after his second-round 76.
The Masters is the only major where Johnson has never collected a top-10 finish, although his long, right-to-left tee shots fit the course and usually allow him to take advantage of the par-5s. That wasn't the case at the 15th hole Friday.
Johnson bogeyed two of his first three Friday, but got to 2 under for the day after birdies at Nos. 4, 9, 10 and 13.