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November 1 2013

3:47 AM

Quick wrap-up: Johnson five ahead

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Dustin Johnson cruised to the top of the leaderboard on Friday.

By PGATOUR.COM staff

Dustin Johnson was making birdies in bunches Friday at Sheshan International and posted a course-record tying 63 to take a five-shot lead after 36 holes of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

The 63 is his best score since posting the same number in Round 3 of the 2013 RBC Canadian Open where he finished in a second-place tie and pushed Johnson to 12 under.

"Yesterday, I didn't start off so good but I played well after that ..." Johnson said. "I hit it really good out of the gates (today) and obviously I putted really well."

Tied for second, five off the pace, were Bubba Watson (69), Boo Weekley (67) and first-round leader Rory McIlroy (72). Ian Poulter (67), Graeme McDowell (69), Ernie Els (69), Sergio Garcia (68), Tommy Fleetwood (70) and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (71) finished the afternoon at 6 under.

Johnson, who won the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions is trying to win in his season debut for the second consecutive campaign. The seven-time TOUR winner has claimed at least one victory in each of the last six PGA TOUR Seasons.

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