Tour Championship R2

Dustin Johnson holds on to lead

September 04-07
East Lake GC, Atlanta, Georgia
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4



Dustin Johnson leads by one shot after 36 holes at East Lake but not without struggle.


“The fairways are narrow. It’s hard to hit them. My ball is not going where I’m looking right now with the driver,” Johnson explained.

In fact, he managed to hit only 7 of 28 fairways in his first two round.

“I wouldn’t really say I struggled with my ball striking, more driving it in the fairway,” he said. “It’s hard to strike it well if you’re not in the fairway here. The few shots that I did hit off the fairway, I felt like I hit them pretty good.”



Sungjae Im lies in second place at 12-under after birdies on three of his last four holes led to a 64.

Past champion Justin Thomas, his main rival for the Player of the Year award , is in fourth at 10-under after struggling with his putting.


“I played miles better than 1 over par. I should have never shot over par today with how well I played,” he said. “I’m doing a lot of good things. I just had a hard time hitting some putts hard enough there in those first four, five, six holes I’d say.”

Thomas has struggled with the pace of the greens over the last two weeks.



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“Honestly I had a hard time getting the ball to the hole last week at the beginning of the week, because they were so firm you want them to be like Augusta, but they weren’t as fast,” he said. “They were just more crusty and firm to where if you got downwind or you got to some bare parts of the green they rolled out; whereas here, they’re so true they don’t have those inconsistencies and being really firm or being soft.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Dustin Johnson
-13
67
70
137
2
Sungjae Im
-12
68
64
132
3
Xander Schauffele
-11
67
65
132
4
Justin Thomas
-10
66
71
137
T5
Tyrrell Hatton
-9
67
66
133
T5
Collin Morikawa
-9
71
65
136
T5
Jon Rahm
-9
65
74
139
T8
Rory McIlroy
-8
64
71
135
T8
Brendon Todd
-8
67
68
135
10
Sebastián Muñoz
-7
71
65
136
T11
Abraham Ancer
-6
64
71
135
T11
Lanto Griffin
-6
67
69
136
T11
Patrick Reed
-6
71
66
137
T14
Harris English
-5
70
69
139
T14
Scottie Scheffler
-5
71
66
137
T14
Webb Simpson
-5
70
71
141
T17
Daniel Berger
-4
69
71
140
T17
Hideki Matsuyama
-4
70
70
140
T17
Cameron Smith
-4
68
68
136
T20
Bryson DeChambeau
-3
72
69
141
T20
Tony Finau
-3
68
71
139
T22
Viktor Hovland
-2
69
69
138
T22
Kevin Na
-2
69
70
139
T24
Cameron Champ
-1
68
71
139
T24
Mackenzie Hughes
-1
70
69
139
T24
Kevin Kisner
-1
72
68
140
27
Marc Leishman
E
66
75
141
28
Joaquin Niemann
2
72
72
144
T29
Billy Horschel
3
70
73
143
T29
Ryan Palmer
3
72
72
144
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