Johnson targets Palmetto title

12 June 2021 20:27:42 GMTPlus10

Dustin Johnson says he has a lot of confidence in his game right now and won't let a final-hole mistake on the second day of the Palmetto Championship affect him.

The world number one finished the second round at Congaree on -9, two shots behind leader Chesson Hadley, and is 4001.00 to lift the trophy.

Johnson had missed the cut in two of his last four starts, but is showing signs of returning to peak form ahead of next week's US Open at Torrey Pines, where he is 15.00 to claim a third major victory.

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The 36-year-old was five under for his second round at the Palmetto Championship and tied for the lead with Hadley until a wayward drive on the 18th led to a double-bogey, forcing him to settle for a 68.

Johnson had put himself in a prominent position on the leaderboard thanks to an excellent opening-round 65, which featured six birdies and no bogeys.

And DJ, who is chasing a first victory in his home state of South Carolina, is confident he is playing well enough to get the job done.

Speaking to Sky Sports after his second round, Johnson said: "I thought it was good.

"I'm pleased with the way I played. Obviously, it's an unfortunate finish on 18. My glove hand slipped on the tee shot and I just ended up in the only spot you can't hit it on that hole, which was a couple of bushes there on the left."

He added: "But I'm playing well, I'm swinging well, I've got a lot of confidence in everything I'm doing. I'm still in a really good spot going into the weekend and there's still a lot of golf to play."

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