Dustin Johnson’s new putter didn’t take long to start working. The US Open champion shot 31 on the back nine of Crooked Stick Golf Club on his way to course-record 63 to co-lead the BMW Championship.
‘I just grabbed one of these putters and started rolling it and Itsy Bitsy Spider, it’s a smaller Spider, the same one Jason Day uses. I played with him the last two weeks and saw him make enough putts and I was like, well, I got to try one at least. So I put it in play and been rolling it pretty good,’ he said.
The world number two reached the midway point of the $8,5-million tournament on 14-under-par, joined by Roberto Castro in a share of first place.
Johnson eagled the ninth and 15th holes during his round, which also included five birdies and no dropped shots.
He is projected to top the FedEx Cup standings with a victory this week, pole position ahead of the 30-man Tour Championship at East Lake in a fortnight’s time, after which the points leader gets a bonus cheque for $10-million.
South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen shot 69 at the rain-softened Indian course to share 19th place on four-under-par. He was joined by countryman Charl Schwartzel, who has recorded consecutive 70s in the first two days.