Palmetto Championship: Dustin Johnson one off the lead after opening 65 at Congaree


Regardless of failing to birdie any of the par-fives, world No 1 Dustin Johnson loved a robust begin on dwelling soil as he fired a six-under 65 to lie only one shot off the lead on the Palmetto Championship.

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Dustin Johnson is one off the lead after a 65

Dustin Johnson placed on a present for his dwelling followers in South Carolina as he made an excellent begin to the inaugural Palmetto Championship at Congaree.

Johnson’s lengthy sport was in effective order in his first begin since lacking the midway lower on the PGA Championship, though some inconsistency with the putter prevented him from going decrease than 65 – six below par.

That left him a shot behind Wes Roach, who was the lone participant to shoot a 64 as he stormed to the flip in 30, together with a hole-out from 105 yards for an exhilarating eagle on the fifth, and a gentle back-nine earned him the outright lead.

Johnson has managed to retain his world No 1 standing regardless of lacking the lower at each majors this 12 months, however he gave himself the best platform to increase his lead within the rankings with a strong six-birdie opener regardless of not making birdie on the three par-fives.

Johnson made six birdies,  but parred each of the par-fives

Johnson made six birdies, however parred every of the par-fives

He convert 5 of his birdie probabilities from inside 10 toes, however he saved one of the best for final when he pulled his method to the ninth lengthy and left of the inexperienced earlier than pitching in for an unlikely three that gave him a share of the clubhouse lead on the time.

“I had beauty on all three of the par-fives, so I put the ball in the appropriate spot, simply did not make any of the putts,” he mentioned. “However all in all it was a extremely strong day and I am positively happy with the spherical.

“I am taking part in nicely, I really feel like I have been taking part in fairly good all 12 months, it is simply that I have not putted nicely and my brief sport has been a bit of off. However right now I missed it in the appropriate spots after I did miss it, however hit quite a lot of actual high quality iron photographs and gave myself quite a lot of seems to be.

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“It has been quite a lot of enjoyable. Clearly I get quite a lot of help right here in South Carolina, being I am a South Carolina native, and it has been nice. Hopefully I can hold it rolling for the remainder of this week.”

Johnson’s spherical matched the sooner rating of Doc Redman, they usually share second place with Chesson Hadley and South African Erik Van Rooyen, who obtained to seven below with 4 holes to play earlier than he dropped his solely shot of the day on the sixth.

Tommy Fleetwood holed a 25-footer for birdie at his closing gap to cap an encouraging 68, with an in-form Ian Poulter additionally closing on three below when he birdied three of the final 4 holes, changing from inside three toes at 15 and 16, whereas additionally knocked his method in shut on the 18th.

World No 1 Dustin Johnson enjoyed playing in front of his home fans in South Carolina as he opened with a six-under 65 at the Palmetto Championship.

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World No 1 Dustin Johnson loved taking part in in entrance of his dwelling followers in South Carolina as he opened with a six-under 65 on the Palmetto Championship.

World No 1 Dustin Johnson loved taking part in in entrance of his dwelling followers in South Carolina as he opened with a six-under 65 on the Palmetto Championship.

Whereas he celebrated his wonderful end, Poulter’s focus was additionally on watching his waistline as he paid tribute to the on-site cooks at Congaree.

“The 2 cooks, the husband and spouse chef that they’ve right here, are outstanding,” he mentioned. “The most effective golf membership meals I’ve ever had. I am truly going to be pounding some weight on this week, so I am glad it is type of scorching and I can truly burn some energy off.

“The meals is simply sensational. So we’re being taken care of very well right here. There are a variety of gamers staying on-site. And for individuals who have by no means seen Congaree, and I did not learn about it till only some months in the past, it is an actual deal with, it is a gem, it is a well-designed golf course and the meals’s even higher. So it is an ideal week.”

Ian Poulter birdied three of the last four holes to card an opening 68 at the Palmetto Championship, where he is enjoying the 'best golf club food ever'!

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Ian Poulter birdied three of the final 4 holes to card a gap 68 on the Palmetto Championship, the place he’s having fun with the ‘finest golf membership meals ever’!

Ian Poulter birdied three of the final 4 holes to card a gap 68 on the Palmetto Championship, the place he’s having fun with the ‘finest golf membership meals ever’!

Brooks Koepka, additionally making his first look since ending runner-up to Phil Mickelson at Kiawah Island, made an erratic begin as he adopted seven opening pars with a scrappy double-bogey six on the eighth.

However the world No 8, embroiled in an obvious feud with Bryson DeChambeau, dug deep on the again 9 and made his third birdie of the day on the final to return a good one-over 72.

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