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August 16 2013

4:42 PM

Johnson looks to capitalize

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Zach Johnson's first two rounds at Sedgefield this week have been solid, although quite what he had hoped.

The veteran is tied for 10th at 5 under but Johnson knows he could be even closer to Patrick Reed's lead. After all, he was 4 under through five holes on Thursay and 3 under through six on Friday only to shoot 67 and 68, respectively.

"Great starts and pretty average, poor finishes," Johnson said. "Lot of opportunities, just not capitalizing I guess is what I would say.

"But this is only my second time playing here. I got to get used to the golf course and it's hard to make putts. If you land it one yard one way or one yard the other way it's a birdie or potential bogey and that's the beauty of this track."

Maybe there's a really low round waiting for him on what is shaping up to be a rainy weekend at the Wyndham Championship. Johnson is riding the momentum of four straight top-10 finishes, including a playoff loss to Jordan Spieth at the John Deere Classic.

Johnson had been particularly pleased with his play tee to green, although what he calls "average" putting has prevented him from taking advantage of all the opportunities. He's confident and "playing freely."

"I think everything's good," Johnson said. "I feel like I'm managing my game good. What's kept me from winning was the fact that I didn't make any putts coming down the last nine holes at John Deere. I don't feel like I lost that tournament in the playoff, I feel like I lost it in regulation, if anything."

Johnson says he likes Sedgefield more and more each time he plays the Donald Ross gem.

"It doesn't require a bomber," he said. "It's fair, it's hard and the greens are fast. I like it a lot."

Johnson will like it even better come Sunday if he departs with the Sam Snead Trophy. He won't be heading to The Barclays, though -- Johnson will be serving as the best man at his younger brother Gabe's wedding.

"One of the best weeks of my life was my wedding," Johnson said. "I want the same thing for my brother and I want to be there."

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