Early-Saturday 65 moves Johnson up board

Dustin Johnson during the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.
Dustin Johnson during the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill. ( PGA of America )

Saturday, August 10, 2013

While still needing help to get into contention at the PGA Championship, Dustin Johnson shot 65 Saturday to Oak Hill, rising to T-15 as he headed to the clubhouse.

Johnson, who started the day 3 over after opening with rounds of 72 and 71, did most of the damage on the back nine. He made the turn at 1 under, then birdied the 10th. Three birdies in four holes, at Nos. 13, 14 and 16, got him to 5 under for the round – and a string of pars the rest of the way gave him the lowest score he's recorded in a major.

Johnson's results in majors this season have been mixed. The Coastal Carolina product made the cut in all four, finishing T-13 at the Masters, 55th at the U.S. Open and T-32 at the Open Championship.

Some of Johnson's notable finishes in majors:

  • T-2 at the 2011 Open Championship;
  • T-8 at the 2010 U.S. Open after a final-round 82 wiped out a three-shot 54-hole lead;
  • T-5 at the 2010 PGA Championship after a 72nd-hole penalty booted him from a playoff.

Late Friday, Johnson posted on social media via his Twitter account, @DJohnsonPGA: "Gotta #GoLow #PGAChamp"