The Northern Trust R2

Dustin Johnson takes lead over Jordan Spieth

August 08-11
Liberty National GC, Jersey City, New Jersey
$9,250,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


World number two Dustin Johnson rolled in an eight-foot birdie putt at the final hole Friday to take a one-shot lead over Jordan Spieth halfway through the US PGA Tour Northern Trust.


Johnson shook off an opening bogey to card five birdies in a four-under par 67 at Liberty National in New Jersey.

His 12-under par total of 130 put him a stroke in front of Spieth — who set the early pace with a seven-under par 64 for 131.

Johnson, who started the day one shot off Troy Merritt ‘s lead, is chasing a third title in the event after winning in 2011 and 2017 — both times at different venues.

“I feel like I’m swinging it really well,” Johnson said. “I’ve got a lot of control with the golf ball and hitting a lot of really nice shots and rolled in a couple putts today which is nice — but still feel like I left quite a few out there.

“I’m in a good position heading into the weekend, and if I can keep swinging the way I am, I think it’s going to be a good weekend.”


Spieth will be hoping to keep things going through the weekend — something he’s had trouble doing this season.

Last week at the Wyndham Championship he shot two rounds in the 60s before a third-round 77 saw him miss the 54-hole cut.

“The important thing for me is not to get ahead of myself,” Spieth said. “It’s to just continue trying to be consistent. Historically, I’m a very consistent player. I’ve lost a bit of that.

“I still have that firepower, but the consistency is what I’m trying to get back.”

Merritt, who matched the course record with a nine-under 62 on Thursday, fell back with a one-under 70 to join a group sharing third on 132. He was joined by former Masters champion Patrick Reed , who posted his second straight 66, Spain’s Jon Rahm , who carded a 68 and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer , who fired a 65.

Northern Ireland star Rory McIlroy was among five players on 133 — but not before officials rescinded a two-stroke penalty he was assessed during the round.

McIlroy was two-under for the day through 13 holes when he found a greenside bunker at 14.


Noticing what he thought was a stone nestled against his ball in the bunker McIlroy, in accordance with the new rules instituted this year, went to move the loose impediment only to find it was a clump of sand.

A rules official on the course determined he had therefore violated the rules, even though McIlroy didn’t believe he had improved his lie and hadn’t touched the sand on purpose.

After his round however, the penalty was rescinded and McIlroy signed for a 68 that left him just three shots off the lead.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Dustin Johnson
-12
63
67
130
2
Jordan Spieth
-11
67
64
131
T3
Abraham Ancer
-10
67
65
132
T3
Troy Merritt
-10
62
70
132
T3
Patrick Reed
-10
66
66
132
T3
Jon Rahm
-10
64
68
132
T7
Andrew Putnam
-9
69
64
133
T7
Justin Rose
-9
65
68
133
T7
Louis Oosthuizen
-9
68
65
133
T7
Rory McIlroy
-9
65
68
133
T7
Wyndham Clark
-9
67
66
133
T12
Ian Poulter
-8
68
66
134
T12
Kevin Kisner
-8
64
70
134
T12
Harold Varner III
-8
67
67
134
T15
Brian Stuard
-7
66
69
135
T15
C.T. Pan
-7
68
67
135
T15
Justin Thomas
-7
67
68
135
T15
Sungjae Im
-7
67
68
135
T15
Andrew Landry
-7
68
67
135
T20
Joel Dahmen
-6
67
69
136
T20
Dylan Frittelli
-6
69
67
136
T20
Bryson DeChambeau
-6
68
68
136
T20
Hideki Matsuyama
-6
68
68
136
T20
Shane Lowry
-6
69
67
136
T20
Kevin Na
-6
69
67
136
T20
Danny Willett
-6
66
70
136
T27
Corey Conners
-5
66
71
137
T27
Ryan Palmer
-5
70
67
137
T27
Patrick Cantlay
-5
70
67
137
T27
Vaughn Taylor
-5
69
68
137
T27
Max Homa
-5
66
71
137
T27
J.T. Poston
-5
67
70
137
T27
Adam Scott
-5
68
69
137
T34
Chesson Hadley
-4
66
72
138
T34
Tyrrell Hatton
-4
69
69
138
T34
Jim Furyk
-4
72
66
138
T34
Jason Kokrak
-4
68
70
138
T34
Roger Sloan
-4
68
70
138
T34
Bud Cauley
-4
68
70
138
T34
Ryan Armour
-4
70
68
138
T34
Matt Jones
-4
67
71
138
T34
Adam Hadwin
-4
67
71
138
T34
Tony Finau
-4
65
73
138
T34
Brandt Snedeker
-4
71
67
138
T34
Phil Mickelson
-4
72
66
138
T34
Webb Simpson
-4
65
73
138
T47
Russell Henley
-3
69
70
139
T47
Danny Lee
-3
70
69
139
T47
Byeong Hun An
-3
73
66
139
T47
Keegan Bradley
-3
70
69
139
T47
Sebastián Muñoz
-3
70
69
139
T47
Adam Schenk
-3
67
72
139
T47
Brian Harman
-3
68
71
139
T47
Billy Horschel
-3
72
67
139
T47
Lucas Glover
-3
71
68
139
T47
Brooks Koepka
-3
70
69
139
T47
Kyle Stanley
-3
69
70
139
T47
Luke List
-3
69
70
139
T47
Scott Brown
-3
70
69
139
T60
Matthew Wolff
-2
69
71
140
T60
Keith Mitchell
-2
70
70
140
T60
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
-2
67
73
140
T60
Ryan Moore
-2
68
72
140
T60
Chez Reavie
-2
66
74
140
T60
Nick Watney
-2
71
69
140
T66
Jhonattan Vegas
-1
72
69
141
T66
Cameron Smith
-1
67
74
141
T66
Kevin Tway
-1
68
73
141
T66
Rory Sabbatini
-1
68
73
141
T66
Tommy Fleetwood
-1
69
72
141
T66
Francesco Molinari
-1
69
72
141
T66
Gary Woodland
-1
73
68
141
T66
Mackenzie Hughes
-1
73
68
141
T66
Martin Laird
-1
71
70
141
T66
Aaron Wise
-1
68
73
141
T66
Joaquin Niemann
-1
70
71
141
T66
Charley Hoffman
-1
74
67
141
T66
Cameron Champ
-1
71
70
141
T66
Scott Piercy
-1
71
70
141
T66
Si Woo Kim
-1
70
71
141
T66
J.B. Holmes
-1
70
71
141
T66
Collin Morikawa
-1
71
70
141
T66
Talor Gooch
-1
74
67
141
T66
Branden Grace
-1
68
73
141
T66
Carlos Ortiz
-1
67
74
141
CUT
Jason Day
E
72
70
142
CUT
Rickie Fowler
E
69
73
142
CUT
Xander Schauffele
E
70
72
142
CUT
Nick Taylor
E
68
74
142
CUT
Patton Kizzire
E
66
76
142
CUT
Pat Perez
E
70
72
142
CUT
Michael Thompson
E
70
72
142
CUT
Emiliano Grillo
E
73
69
142
CUT
Cameron Tringale
E
71
71
142
CUT
Kevin Streelman
1
75
68
143
CUT
Graeme McDowell
1
71
72
143
CUT
Nate Lashley
1
70
73
143
CUT
Sung Kang
1
67
76
143
CUT
Matt Every
1
72
71
143
CUT
Charles Howell III
1
69
74
143
CUT
Matt Kuchar
1
70
73
143
CUT
Marc Leishman
2
73
71
144
CUT
Denny McCarthy
2
73
71
144
CUT
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
2
73
71
144
CUT
Patrick Rodgers
2
76
68
144
CUT
Peter Malnati
2
68
76
144
CUT
Brice Garnett
3
74
71
145
CUT
Sam Ryder
3
71
74
145
CUT
Bubba Watson
3
73
72
145
CUT
Sepp Straka
3
73
72
145
CUT
Jonas Blixt
3
73
72
145
CUT
Sergio Garcia
4
73
73
146
CUT
Russell Knox
4
66
80
146
CUT
Adam Long
5
72
75
147
CUT
J.J. Spaun
5
74
73
147
CUT
Scott Stallings
5
72
75
147
CUT
Kelly Kraft
5
75
72
147
CUT
Brian Gay
8
73
77
150
WD
Tiger Woods
75
75
WD
Chris Stroud
76
76
WD
Aaron Baddeley
16
16
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