Johnson launches Hoylake charge with best of week 65

Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:03pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Big-hitting Dustin Johnson peppered the flags with his approach shots as he bulldozed his way through the field with a best-of-the-week 65 in the British Open second round on Friday.

The 30-year-old American reeled off seven birdies in a flawless effort that left him in second place, four strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy.

"I didn't really make any long putts," Johnson told reporters after closing with an eight-under tally of 136 at Royal Liverpool.

"The longest one I made was probably about a 15, 20-footer on 11. Everything else was six, seven feet.

"I just struck it really well today and I couldn't be happier with the position I'm in."

Johnson said he had to temper his natural aggression as the winds gusted up to 20mph (32kph) on the tricky links layout on the Dee Estuary.

"This golf course doesn't allow you too many chances to let the driver go," added the eight-times U.S. PGA Tour winner, "even with some of the downwind holes.

"I got to hit a couple. I had a lot of fun out there today, just tried to stay relaxed.   Continued...

Dustin Johnson of the U.S. watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton