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World No 1 Dustin Johnson has “confidence in every part I’m doing” as he heads into the weekend of the Palmetto Championship two behind Chesson Hadley, whereas Brooks Koepka made an early exit at Congaree.

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Dustin Johnson fired a 68 on day two at Congaree

Dustin Johnson didn’t let a final-hole mistake take the gloss off a high-quality second spherical as he completed the second day of the Palmetto Championship two pictures off the lead.

Johnson was 5 beneath for his spherical and tied for the lead with Chesson Hadley in blustery situations at Congaree, however a wild drive at the final led to a double-bogey as he settled for a 68.

Hadley had earlier set the clubhouse goal at 13 beneath after including a assured 66 to his opening 65, whereas Brooks Koepka could have an additional two days to organize for subsequent week’s US Open after he slipped to 3 over par.

That was two strokes exterior the projected minimize mark when play was suspended as a consequence of inclement climate with a handful of gamers nonetheless on the course, together with Tain Lee who was three off the lead with three holes remaining.

Johnson was tied for the lead until he double-bogeyed the last

Johnson was tied for the lead till he double-bogeyed the final

Hadley took benefit of the calmer, earlier situations and made seven birdies – three with long-range putts from exterior 20 toes, and Johnson posed the solely important risk to the clubhouse chief as the wind whipped up for the later starters.

The world No 1 holed near-identical 10-foot putts for birdies at the opening two holes, and he broke a run of eight straight pars with back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12 earlier than pushing his drive into sand at the subsequent and dropping his first shot of the day.

However he drove the inexperienced at the par-four fifteenth and two-putted for birdie, and he picked up one other shot at 16 solely to present each pictures again at the final, the place he pulled his drive method left of the fairway and into an unplayable lie beneath a bush, forcing him to take a penalty drop.

World No 1 Dustin Johnson was happy with his performance on day two of the Palmetto Championship despite slipping out of the lead when he double-bogeyed the final hole.

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World No 1 Dustin Johnson was completely satisfied along with his efficiency on day two of the Palmetto Championship regardless of slipping out of the lead when he double-bogeyed the ultimate gap.

World No 1 Dustin Johnson was completely satisfied along with his efficiency on day two of the Palmetto Championship regardless of slipping out of the lead when he double-bogeyed the ultimate gap.

Johnson flew the inexperienced along with his third and wanted three extra to get down, however his scrappy ultimate gap didn’t diminish his spirits as he seemed ahead to difficult for silverware in his residence state over the weekend.

“I assumed it was good,” he mentioned. “The primary 14 holes performed extraordinarily tough, I assumed, and I used to be taking part in very well. The wind was blowing fairly laborious, it was actual gusty, so it was just actually laborious to get an excellent beat on it, however I felt like I did a very good job of controlling the golf ball.

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“I am happy with the method I performed. Clearly, it is an unlucky end on 18. My glove hand slipped on the tee shot and I just ended up in the solely spot you’ll be able to’t hit it on that gap, which was a few bushes there on the left.

“However I am taking part in properly, I am swinging properly, I’ve received plenty of confidence in every part I am doing. I am nonetheless in a very great place going into the weekend and there is nonetheless plenty of golf to play.”

Erik Van Rooyen fought laborious for a 71 as he stayed in competition on six beneath, whereas his fellow South African Wilco Nienaber continued to wow the followers along with his immense hitting and received to seven beneath when he adopted birdies at the first and second with an eagle at the third, holing out from a greenside sandy waste space.

Brooks Koepka missed the halfway cut

Brooks Koepka missed the midway minimize

Nienaber bogeyed the seventh – his sixteenth – shortly earlier than play was suspended as he ended the day 5 off the lead together with Eire’s Seamus Energy, who was safely in the clubhouse having signed for a 66.

Newlywed Tyrrell Hatton fired an encouraging 68 to achieve three beneath, one forward of Ian Poulter (72) and Luke Donald (69), with Matt Fitzpatrick on one beneath heading into the weekend.

However Koepka was already heading for the airport after a disappointing five-bogey 73, dropping pictures at two of the three par-fives as he heads to Torrey Pines on the again of his third missed minimize in his final 4 begins, a run punctured by his ending runner-up to Phil Mickelson at the PGA Championship final month.

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