(Reuters) – Dustin Johnson, his game as sizzling at the Memphis weather, made a 110-yard eagle on his way to a one-stroke halfway lead at the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Friday.
World number two Johnson turned on the afterburners after a pedestrian opening nine, holing out from the fairway at his 10th hole, the par-four first, where his ball took a couple of bounces and disappeared into the cup.
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Remarkably, he almost achieved the extremely rare feat of consecutive eagles from the fairway when his approach from 113 yards at the next imparted heavy backspin and rolled back directly towards the hole.
Though the ball broke sharply left as it slowed, finishing a couple of inches wide, the tap-in birdie contributed to a second round seven-under 63 on a languid day at TPC Southwind in Tennessee.
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“I hit a lot of great shots and had a lot of good looks at birdies,” Johnson said after posting a 10-under 130 total, one stroke ahead of fellow Americans Ryan Blaum (64) and Andrew Putnam (64).
Brooks Koepka, a week before defending his U.S. Open title, carded 69 to slip five strokes behind, while Phil Mickelson (70) fell six adrift.
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