DJ happy to chase

20 February 2021 20:40:31 GMTPlus10

World number one Dustin Johnson insists he is happy with how the opening two rounds have panned out at the Genesis Invitational and remains hopeful that he can reel in runaway leader Sam Burns.

Burns followed up his opening-round 64 with a five-under 66 to set a tournament record at the 36-hole stage at the Riviera Country Club.

The 24-year-old from Louisiana, who has won only once on the professional tour, sets the pace on 12-under, five strokes clear of his four closest pursuers.

I'm five back, but on this golf course there's only one guy in front of me.

Dustin Johnson

However, one of those hunting him down at Riviera is Johnson, who was a winner on his last appearance at the Saudi International earlier this month.

The 36-year-old has nine top-10 finishes from his 13 starts and he was a winner of this event in 2017, with him also finishing runner-up on two occasions.

Things are going to get tougher for Burns over the final two rounds and Johnson has shown he can shoot low scores around the Californian layout.

DJ has posted more rounds of 66 or better than any other player at this event over the last 14 years with 12, which is seven more than the nearest competitors.

Speaking after his second-round 67, Johnson said: "I like my position. I'm five back, but on this golf course there's only one guy in front of me.

"I like where I'm at and I do like this golf course, and hopefully I can drive it a little bit better on the weekend and give myself a few more chances."

When asked how he can bridge the gap, DJ added: "I definitely need to take advantage of the par 5s. But other than that I feel like I'm swinging my irons really well, I'm rolling the putter nicely, so looking forward to the weekend."

Johnson is 2001.00 for victory at the Genesis Invitational, with overnight leader Burns 126.00.

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