Dustin Johnson sets course record to share lead

Chicago—Reigning US Open champion Dustin Johnson fired a nine-under-par 63 Friday to match US compatriot Roberto Castro for the lead after the second round of the US PGA Tour BMW Championship.
Johnson set a course record at the 7,516-yard Crooked Stick layout in Indianapolis, Indiana to stand on 14-under 130 after 36 holes in the penultimate event of the season-ending US PGA playoffs. Castro, of Peruvian and Costa Rican heritage, fired his second consecutive 65 to share the lead as he bids for his first tour triumph.
“It was a good start,” Castro said. “There are still a lot of holes but it’s a good way to get into the weekend.”
England’s Paul Casey was third on 133, one stroke ahead of Americans J.B. Holmes and Chris Kirk, with another three strokes back to sixth-placed rivals Sergio Garcia of Spain and Americans Matt Kuchar, Kevin Na and Ryan Palmer.
Johnson started his historic round with an eight-foot birdie at the first hole and dropped a 10-foot birdie putt at the third, then added a 45-yard eagle chip-in from a greenside bunker at the par-5 ninth to signal a charge. A tap-in birdie at the par-5 11th was followed by a nine-foot birdie putt at the par-3 13th, a 31-foot birdie putt at the 14th and he rolled in a 25-footer to eagle the par-5 15th.
Johnson, who has found success after making a putter switch on the eve of the event, seeks his 12th PGA crown.
Castro, who lost to compatriot James Hahn in a playoff at Quail Hollow last May and placed second to American Bill Haas at the 2013 National, opened with a six-foot birdie and ran off three birdies in a row starting with a 30-footer at the par-4 third and ending with a 30-footer at the par-3 sixth.—AFP

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