Furyk and Johnson take very different routes at Riviera

Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:38pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson have sharply contrasting playing styles and took very different routes on Friday but the American duo finished up in the same spot at the Northern Trust Open.

Playing together in a high-profile grouping with U.S. Open champion Justin Rose at Riviera Country Club, medium-length hitter Furyk and 'Master Blaster' Johnson both posted six-under totals of 136 after the second round.

PGA Tour veteran Furyk, long known for his accuracy and an unorthodox, loopy swing, fired a second successive three-under-par 68 while Johnson, who regularly powers drives more than 300 yards, carded a 70.

Followed by some of the biggest galleries of the week on another gorgeous day of dazzling sunshine at Riviera, the two Americans may have looked like an 'odd couple' in golfing terms but Furyk was completely unfazed.

"I passed that stage 18 years ago," a smiling Furyk told reporters when asked if he played any differently when paired with a 'big bomber' at a tournament.

"My game is more about accuracy and trying to keep it in play. There are other things that I'm very good at and I have to capitalize on those and worry more about my strengths than I do my weaknesses.

"I went to college as a kind of very long player and somewhat wild, and kind of came out of college a lot straighter but much shorter. That's the way I ended up playing my best golf."

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February 14, 2014; Pacific Palisades, CA, USA; Jim Furyk hits out of the fifth hole tee during the second round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports