Dustin Johnson's top 5 shots so far

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By Matt S. Craig
PGA.com

Published: Saturday, June 18, 2016 | 2:11 p.m.

Dustin Johnson holds the lead after two rounds at the 116th U.S. Open, thanks in large part to his prowess off the tee.

His total distance on tee balls this week? 8,126 yards, or 24,378 feet. For those that need a mental image, how about 4.6 miles? I'd compare it to the Statue of Liberty, but at 305 feet tall it only stretches far enough for the distance Dustin Johnson hits his sand wedge.

It's not just the distance either. Johnson also ranks T13 in driving accuracy at 71.43%, and number one in the field in greens in regulation.

All that to say, he's hitting the ball pretty well. But don't just take my word for it, see for yourself! Here's his top five shots from the first two rounds of play:

#5: Dustin Johnson's bogey-free first round was the first at Oakmont since 1994, thanks in part to saves like this. After a less-than-stellar approach, Johnson's bunker shot almost holes out, before sinking a knee-knocking par putt.

 

 

#4: Just a few holes later, Johnson got a little lucky with his approach into the par-3 sixth hole. A friendly bounce out of the long rough deposited the ball just a couple of feet from the pin. Or maybe he meant to do that?

 

 

#3: On the same hole in the next round, Johnson faced an extremely slippery putt down the slope into a forward hole location. Aiming more than 10 feet outside the hole, he sunk the birdie putt.

 

 

#2: It's a big advantage when you can keep pounding tee shots over 300 yards. On the 14th hole of round one, Johnson had a wedge in hand for his approach, allowing him to spin the ball back and almost into the cup.

 

 

#1: The one area where Johnson has struggled is with the putter, where he ranks tied for 116th in the field. Many of those putts lipped out and died on the edge. But not this long snaking putt on the 11th hole of round one, where he sunk it from 35 feet.

 

 

If Johnson can get hot with the putter, it will be hard for anyone to catch him the way he is hitting the ball both off the tee and on the approach.

Matt S. Craig is a PGA.com intern and a Digital Sports Production student at Ball State University.