Northern Trust R2

Dustin Johnson takes control with a round of 60

August 20-23
TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts
$9,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4



Dustin Johnson took a two-shot lead in the Northern Trust at TPC Boston with a second round 60.

Northern Trust R2 - Dustin Johnson takes control with a round of 60
Dustin Johnson. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


Johnson fired five birdies and two eagles in an outward nine of 27 to place Jim Furyk’s 58 at the 2016 Travelers Championship – the lowest score in PGA Tour history – under threat.


The 36-year-old picked up further shots at the 10th and 11th, but that was the end of the birdie blitz in the first FedEx Cup play-off event as his hopes of a sub-60 round disappeared.

“I got off to a great start and through the first five or six holes I played really good, made some really nice putts,” Johnson told Sky Sports.



“When I made the turn with birdies at 10 and 11, you’re definitely thinking about shooting 59.

“I tried to keep playing one shot at a time, I knew I was swinging well so I just tried to keep giving myself looks.

“I had some looks coming down the stretch but I couldn’t get one to go. But I’m still happy with the way I played and I’m in a good position leading into the weekend.”


Former US Open champion Johnson would have become the 13th player to break 60 on the PGA Tour with a birdie at the 18th, but an errant drive cost him dear.

He had to lay up and his approach shot came up 15 feet short, with the birdie putt for 59 missing to the left.

Incredibly, Johnson’s round was not the best of the day as his fellow American Scottie Scheffler carded 12 birdies and no bogeys on the par-71 layout.

Scheffler’s 59 left him on 13 under par with Australian Cameron Davis and two behind halfway leader Johnson. It was the first time in PGA Tour history that two rounds of 60 or lower had been shot on the same day.



The 24-year-old from Texas, who finished in a tie for fourth in the US PGA Championship earlier this month, birdied the second, added four more in a row from the fourth and picked up another shot on the ninth to race to the turn in 30.

Further gains on the 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th and 16th left him needing to birdie the par-five 18th to break the 60 barrier and he calmly two-putted from around 80 feet from just short of the green.

Speaking after his round, Scheffler said: “I had some key up and downs at the beginning of the round that kind of got me rolling, freed me up a little bit.

“Then the momentum just kind of kept going. I never really lost momentum, which was nice.”

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were both battling to make the cut, which was expected to come at three under.



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Woods bogeyed the fourth and 13th to leave him one short of the projected cut mark.

But he picked up birdies at the 14th and 15th and finished on three under after taking five at the par-four 17th.

McIlroy also finished on three under after birdies at the ninth, 13th and 16th.

It was an impressive response from the Northern Irishman after dropped shots at the third, fifth, sixth and seventh had left him in real danger of missing the weekend.

England’s Ian Poulter, in a tie for 12th, was the top European after he followed an opening-day 66 with a 67 to reach nine under and six shots back from Johnson.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Dustin Johnson
-15
67
60
127
T2
Cameron Davis
-13
64
65
129
T2
Scottie Scheffler
-13
70
59
129
T4
Harris English
-12
64
66
130
T4
Danny Lee
-12
66
64
130
T4
Louis Oosthuizen
-12
65
65
130
T7
Russell Henley
-11
64
67
131
T7
Kevin Kisner
-11
65
66
131
T9
Daniel Berger
-10
66
66
132
T9
Si Woo Kim
-10
68
64
132
T9
Matthew Wolff
-10
65
67
132
T12
Emiliano Grillo
-9
69
64
133
T12
Brian Harman
-9
67
66
133
T12
Harry Higgs
-9
67
66
133
T12
Charley Hoffman
-9
65
68
133
T12
Ian Poulter
-9
66
67
133
T12
Bubba Watson
-9
65
68
133
T18
Ryan Palmer
-8
67
67
134
T18
Webb Simpson
-8
70
64
134
T20
Keegan Bradley
-7
68
67
135
T20
Tommy Fleetwood
-7
66
69
135
T20
Scott Harrington
-7
68
67
135
T20
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
-7
67
68
135
T20
Adam Long
-7
68
67
135
T20
Scott Piercy
-7
65
70
135
T20
Brendan Steele
-7
68
67
135
T20
Kevin Streelman
-7
64
71
135
T20
Justin Thomas
-7
68
67
135
T29
Lanto Griffin
-6
68
68
136
T29
Charles Howell III
-6
66
70
136
T29
Mackenzie Hughes
-6
68
68
136
T29
Jason Kokrak
-6
68
68
136
T29
Sebastián Muñoz
-6
65
71
136
T29
Kevin Na
-6
71
65
136
T29
Jon Rahm
-6
69
67
136
T29
Adam Schenk
-6
70
66
136
T29
Adam Scott
-6
66
70
136
T29
Brendon Todd
-6
70
66
136
T29
Richy Werenski
-6
69
67
136
T40
Corey Conners
-5
72
65
137
T40
Rickie Fowler
-5
67
70
137
T40
Denny McCarthy
-5
69
68
137
T40
Keith Mitchell
-5
69
68
137
T40
Alex Noren
-5
69
68
137
T40
Robby Shelton
-5
66
71
137
T40
Cameron Smith
-5
69
68
137
T47
Tyler Duncan
-4
69
69
138
T47
Talor Gooch
-4
66
72
138
T47
Tyrrell Hatton
-4
67
71
138
T47
Viktor Hovland
-4
68
70
138
T47
Mark Hubbard
-4
67
71
138
T47
Zach Johnson
-4
69
69
138
T47
Matt Kuchar
-4
69
69
138
T47
Maverick McNealy
-4
67
71
138
T47
J.T. Poston
-4
71
67
138
T47
Chez Reavie
-4
68
70
138
T47
Patrick Rodgers
-4
71
67
138
T58
Paul Casey
-3
70
69
139
T58
Wyndham Clark
-3
68
71
139
T58
Beau Hossler
-3
73
66
139
T58
Matt Jones
-3
68
71
139
T58
Andrew Landry
-3
69
70
139
T58
Hideki Matsuyama
-3
70
69
139
T58
Rory McIlroy
-3
69
70
139
T58
Troy Merritt
-3
72
67
139
T58
Patrick Reed
-3
68
71
139
T58
Justin Rose
-3
69
70
139
T58
Xander Schauffele
-3
68
71
139
T58
Cameron Tringale
-3
67
72
139
T58
Tiger Woods
-3
68
71
139
CUT
Cameron Champ
-2
72
68
140
CUT
Joel Dahmen
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Max Homa
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Jordan Spieth
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Harold Varner III
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Scott Brown
-1
68
73
141
CUT
Tony Finau
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Tom Hoge
-1
71
70
141
CUT
Shane Lowry
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Matthew NeSmith
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Brian Stuard
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Nick Taylor
-1
68
73
141
CUT
Patrick Cantlay
E
69
73
142
CUT
Bryson DeChambeau
E
71
71
142
CUT
Brice Garnett
E
74
68
142
CUT
Adam Hadwin
E
70
72
142
CUT
Sungjae Im
E
75
67
142
CUT
Phil Mickelson
E
74
68
142
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
E
68
74
142
CUT
Henrik Norlander
E
71
71
142
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
E
69
73
142
CUT
Scott Stallings
E
72
70
142
CUT
Gary Woodland
E
69
73
142
CUT
Abraham Ancer
1
72
71
143
CUT
Sam Burns
1
68
75
143
CUT
Bud Cauley
1
71
72
143
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
1
77
66
143
CUT
Billy Horschel
1
73
70
143
CUT
Luke List
1
68
75
143
CUT
Collin Morikawa
1
71
72
143
CUT
Sam Ryder
1
74
69
143
CUT
Rory Sabbatini
1
73
70
143
CUT
Sepp Straka
1
73
70
143
CUT
Xinjun Zhang
1
71
72
143
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
2
69
75
144
CUT
Bo Hoag
2
68
76
144
CUT
Nate Lashley
2
70
74
144
CUT
Tom Lewis
2
75
69
144
CUT
Jason Day
3
70
75
145
CUT
Lucas Glover
3
70
75
145
CUT
Jim Herman
3
75
70
145
CUT
Sung Kang
3
70
75
145
CUT
Brandt Snedeker
3
73
72
145
CUT
Brian Gay
4
71
75
146
CUT
Doc Redman
4
73
73
146
CUT
Michael Thompson
4
71
75
146
CUT
Marc Leishman
5
75
72
147
CUT
Zac Blair
6
68
80
148
CUT
Graeme McDowell
7
77
72
149
CUT
Byeong Hun An
8
77
73
150
CUT
Ryan Armour
9
74
77
151
WD
Pat Perez
E
WD
Ryan Moore
E
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