Dustin Johnson continued his assault on a difficult East Lake course in Atlanta, shooting a three-under par 67 on Friday to take a one-shot lead through 36 holes of the Tour Championship.
Johnson, the co-leader with Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Chappell after the first round, made fives birdies, including the only birdie of the day at the par-4 16th hole. Johnson is seeking his second straight victory and fourth of this a breakout season that included a U.S. Open victory.
“I felt like I played really, really solid today and just didn’t really get a lot out of it,” Johnson said. “I had some close looks that I didn’t make. Still, obviously, three-under is a great score around here. I’ve never going to be upset with that.”
Johnson stands at seven-under par 133, one ahead of Chappell and four ahead of those in third place, Kevin Kisner and Matsuyama. Chappell posted a two-under par 68.
Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey and Ryan Moore are tied for fifth, five back of Johnson, while Jordan Spieth shot a two-over par 72 to fall into a tie for 11th, seven shots behind.