Course record 63 drives Johnson into share of BMW lead

Fri Sep 9, 2016 7:51pm EDT
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(Reuters) - World number two Dustin Johnson conjured up memories of John Daly as he plundered a course record nine-under-par 63 to earn a share of the second-round lead at the rain-hit BMW Championship in Indiana on Friday.

Johnson collected two eagles, holing a 15-yard bunker shot at the par-five ninth and sinking a 25-foot putt at the 15th en route to his sizzling score at Crooked Stick in Carmel.

The U.S. Open champion joined fellow American Roberto Castro (65) at 14-under 130, three strokes clear of Englishman Paul Casey (66).

World number one Jason Day (67), FedEx Cup points leader Patrick Reed (70) and Monday's Deutsche Bank Championship winner Rory McIlroy (72) all trail by 10 strokes.

The 70-man BMW Championship is the third of the PGA Tour's four playoff events, with the top 30 on a points list advancing to the season-ending Tour Championship and a shot at a $10 million jackpot.

On the same course that Daly overpowered on the way to victory at the 1991 PGA Championship, fellow long-hitter Johnson found the layout to his liking.

The course measured 7,289 yards when Daly, the longest hitter on tour, won 25 years ago, and it has since been stretched by roughly 300 yards, a distance that presented little problem for Johnson in rain-softened conditions.

"I drove it good and hit a lot of good iron shots but I really rolled the putter nicely," Johnson, who put a new putter in his bag this week, told Golf Channel.

"I played solid, four-under on the front, and just kept going, just one hole at a time, trying to get each shot on the fairway and then on the green."   Continued...

Sep 9, 2016; Carmel, IN, USA;  Dustin Johnson hits a tee shot during the second round Friday at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick GC. Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports