A day that started with a hopeful 59 watch for Scottie Scheffler may end with an entirely different player stealing all the headlines.
Dustin Johnson teed off in the afternoon wave right about the time Scheffler birdied the 18th hole at TPC Boston in the second round of the Northern Trust to bring in what was the 12th round of 59 in PGA Tour history.
Who knows what the inspiration factor was in that for Johnson, but the 21-time PGA Tour winner instantly started reeling off birdies and eagles of his own. He put together a tidy little pattern of birdie-eagle-birdie-eagle-birdie through the first five holes before adding birdies at Nos. 7 and 8 for a front-nine 27.
He doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon. Johnson’s back nine started with birdies at Nos. 11 and 12. He is 11 under through 13 holes.
At this rate, we could be in store for something much, much greater than a 59.
Johnson, the 2016 U.S. Open champion, entered the first FedEx Cup Playoff event after a T-2 at the PGA Championship and a T-12 the week before that at the World Golf Championships FedEx St. Jude Invitational.