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June 7 2013

2:18 PM

Johnson needs putter to cooperate

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

Like everyone else, Dustin Johnson was suitably impressed by Harris English's round of 64 on Friday. It moved English into the lead at 10 under as the second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic continues.

As tough as TPC Southwind is, though, Johnson anticipates another tightly-packed leaderboard entering the final round like was the case last year when there were 19 players within three strokes of the lead. Johnson emerged victorious in his first visit to Memphis after closing with 66 that left him one stroke ahead of John Merrick.

"It's going to be a good weekend no matter what," the defending champion said. "Even the guys out front. Obviously, if he has another two days like the first two, it will be tough to catch him, but I would say I look forward to being bunched throughout on Sunday coming down the stretch."

Johnson says he "so right there" after playing his first 36 holes in 3 under. His putter hasn't particularly cooperative, though -- "I had a lot of good looks, couldn't get anything in the hole," Johnson reported -- so the lanky South Carolina must sort that out to contend for another title.

"Anything under par is good around here," Johnson said. "I need to have a good day tomorrow. I played pretty solid today. I need to get some more putts in the hole. I'm happy where I'm at. I played pretty well the last two days. Just this golf course is tough, it's tough to score on."


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