DJ two ahead after threatening history

Former world No 1 came close to first ’57 round’ in PGA Tour history; watch the third round live on Saturday from 7pm on Sky Sports Golf

By Ali Stafford

Last Updated: 21/08/20 10:51pm

Dustin Johnson holds a two-shot lead at The Northern Trust

Dustin Johnson holds a two-shot lead at The Northern Trust

Dustin Johnson holds a two-shot lead at The Northern Trust

Dustin Johnson threatened the lowest round in PGA Tour history on his way to opening up a two-shot lead in an incredible second round at The Northern Trust.

Two eagles and seven birdies saw Johnson 11 under for the day after just 11 holes of his second round on a low-scoring day at TPC Boston, where Scottie Scheffler had set the clubhouse target after registering only the 12th ’59 round’ ever recorded on the PGA Tour.

Johnson required just one birdie over his final seven holes to match Scheffler’s total and see two sub-60 rounds recorded in the same day for the first time ever, only to close his day with seven straight pars and post a 11-under 60.

Johnson's 60 is the lowest round of his PGA Tour career Johnson's 60 is the lowest round of his PGA Tour career

Johnson’s 60 is the lowest round of his PGA Tour career

After rolling in from 10 feet at the first, Johnson drained a 40-foot eagle at the par-five next before following a 20-foot birdie at the third by driving the par-four fourth green and setting up a five-foot eagle.

Johnson converted from 15 feet to birdie the fifth and go seven under for his round but temporarily saw his run halted with a two-putt par at the sixth after hitting his tee shot into the fairway bunker.

Johnson heads into the weekend on 15 under Johnson heads into the weekend on 15 under

Johnson heads into the weekend on 15 under

A tap-in birdie at the seventh and a six-footer at the par-three next took him to nine under for the day, with Johnson equalling the lowest front-nine in PGA Tour history despite only making a par at the ninth.

Johnson’s incredible burst continued as he made a 15-foot birdie at the 10th and holed from 10 feet at the 11th move 11 under for his round, increasing the possibility of the first ’57 round’ being recorded on the PGA Tour.

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The former world No 1 scrambled to make an eight-footer to save par at the next and failed to convert a 12-foot birdie attempt at the 13th, before settling for two-putt pars over his next three holes and missing an opportunity from 10 feet at the par-four 17th.

Need an eagle at the par-five last to match Jim Furyk’s all-time low score of 58, Johnson elected to lay up after missing the fairway and then pitched his third shot to 25 feet before two-putting for another par.

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