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  • Johnson made seven birdies and no bogeys Friday at Hoylake. (Mathew Lewis/Getty Images) Johnson made seven birdies and no bogeys Friday at Hoylake. (Mathew Lewis/Getty Images)

HOYLAKE, England -- Dustin Johnson overpowered Hoylake on Friday afternoon and in doing so recorded the week's best score, a 65.

It leaves him at 8 under and alone in second four stokes off the lead of Rory McIloy entering the weekend at The Open Championship.

"I hit driver when I could, when it was an advantage," Johnson said after making seven birdies and no bogeys. "I hit my ball really solid and gave myself opportunities for birdies."

In doing so, he moved the closest to McIlroy, who threatened to run away with the tournament after a second-straight 66.

Johnson did his best to keep pace, making four birdies on the back nine, including on each of the final two holes.

As a result, he will play alongside McIlroy in the day's final group on Saturday.

"I've been here before," said Johnson, who has seven career top 10s in majors, including a runner-up in the 2011 Open Championship. "I know what it takes."

As for the deficit?

"I can't worry about what (Rory's) doing," Johnson said. "I've got a pretty good game plan for this golf course; it's worked out petty good so far."

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