Sep 24th, 2016
Dustin Leads Tour Championship
As Jason withdraws at East Lake
Words: Daniel Owen Photography: Getty Images
Dustin Johnson takes a one shot lead going into he third round at The Tour Championship. But it could be a two horse race as second place Kevin Chappell is three clear of the third placed Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama at East Lake.
DJ doesn't think he made the most of his round though. "I played really, solid golf and just didn't get a lot out of it. I had some close looks that I didn't make.
"Still, three under is a great score around here. I'm never going to be upset with that."
Elsewhere, Jason Day withdrew for the second straight tournament during the second round. His management issued the following statement
“Jason has a strained ligament in his lower right back with muscle spasm. He withdrew as a precautionary measure. Jason should be fine with some rest after a long break in the offseason.”
Day had already said he wasn’t feeling great despite his first round 67.
“When I get to the top of the swing, as soon as my hips start to unfold and then there’s that little bit of separation, it just crunches down,” Day said after his first round. “It just hurts.”
With Day withdrawing, Johnson is now the PGA Tour Player of the year, and with his three wins (so far) to Days's two he likely to win the Players Player of the Year too.
Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey are tied fifth at -2. Rory wasn't happy with his own play.
"I just didn't feel comfortable with my swing and let that feed in to how I played, especially the first few holes. I made some really sloppy swings and poor shots.
"If I can shoot a couple of scores in the mid 60s at the weekend, you never know."