Johnson and Streelman shine in early going
By Stan Awtrey, PGA.com Contributor
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Dustin Johnson and Kevin Streelman took advantage of calmer morning conditions at Oak Hill Country Club to post career-low scores at the PGA Championship make substantial jumps up the leaderboard.
Johnson shot a 65 and Streelman shot a 66, both career-best scores at the PGA Championship, which enabled each to move from the bottom of the pack and into the top 20 as the leaders were teeing off.
Johnson said he didn’t hit the ball any better, but you couldn’t tell it by the result. Johnson, who began the third round 3 over par after rounds of 72 and 71, bested his previous low PGA Championship score by two shots. He shot 67 in the third round of the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
“I didn’t play any better than I did the first two days, but I didn’t get anything out of those rounds,” Johnson said. “It was just a solid day. I hit it in the fairway and hit it on the green and had some good looks on the greens.”
Johnson’s only bogey was on No. 5, which he drove it in the fairway but wound up with a mud ball. He missed the green with his approach and two-putted for bogey.
He had six birdies, four on the back nine en route to a 31. “I had a lot of easy pars,” he said.
Johnson was in the third group off the tee and played before the breeze began blowing at Oak Hill.
“Even par is a good score,” Johnson said. “I played solid and didn’t make many mistakes.”
Streelman, a Duke graduate, shot under par for the first time in 11 rounds at the PGA Championship.
Streelman had six birdies and two bogeys, including one on the final hole when he missed the fairway off the tee and couldn’t reach the green. He only hit nine greens in regulation, but scrambled to make seven pars when he missed.
“The greens are just soft and the fairways are soft, so you are able to hit fairways and we're able to attack pins,” Streelman said. “Game feels good. I have been hitting it good all week and chipping it really well and see what happens tomorrow.”