• DJ pleased after long day of golf

    Dustin Johnson
    Dustin Johnson

    After an extremely long day of golf at Augusta National, world No 1 Dustin Johnson is happy to have a share of the Masters lead at the halfway mark.

    Johnson managed only nine holes on Thursday as the opening round was halted by an early thunderstorm, which meant more than 40 players were out before sunrise on Friday to complete their respective rounds.

    The 36-year-old quickly got his mojo going and signed off his first round with a seven-under-par 65 before a quick turnaround had him out for his second round on Friday afternoon.

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    Johnson, though, continued his excellent form throughout his second stint by going two under to end the day on nine under par.

    ‘I’m pretty pleased with the way I played today, I hit a lot of really good shots, just didn’t really roll in many putts in. I made a few on [the] 11th, 12th and 13th and then after that I hit a lot of good putts but kept burning the edges,’ Johnson said after his 27 holes on Friday.

    ‘Definitely pleased with how I am swinging the club and how I am controlling the ball. I thought the conditions of the golf course were pretty similar, the greens were a little bit quicker today than they were yesterday and the wind this afternoon was a little gusty at times, so it was a little tougher to get a beat on the wind.’

    Johnson will go into moving day on Saturday in a four-way tie with Justin Thomas, Abraham Ancer and Cameron Smith, who all produced solid displays themselves to edge ahead during the second round.

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    The 2020 FedEx Cup champion believes there are still loads of room for improvement on his side that could prove pivotal over the next two rounds.

    ‘I feel like I have played a bit better than my position right now but I am happy with everything that I am doing, rolling the putter good, hopefully I can see a few go in over the weekend. I need to play the par fives a bit better over the weekend,’ Johnson added.

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