Dustin Johnson back in tie for US Open lead

One year after Dustin Johnson let the US Open slip away from him at Chambers Bay, he drove his way to the top of the leaderboard Friday at Oakmont. Immaculate from tee-to-green, Johnson endured a marathon day of 36 holes with a game that makes him look tough to beat. He didn’t make a bogey in his opening round of 3-under 67, and he dropped only one shot in his 69 that ended just as the siren sounded to stop play because of darkness. Johnson was at 4-under 136, two shots ahead of anyone else who completed the second round in the rain-delayed US Open. More than just his long ball, one of Johnson’s greatest assets is a short memory. He already has squandered chances in four majors, none more crushing than last year when he was a 12-foot eagle putt away from winning and three-putted to finish one behind Jordan Spieth. Asked if he was motivated by Chambers Bay, Johnson deadpanned, “What happened last year?” Andrew Landry had a much shorter day.
The 28-year-old qualifier only had to hit one shot Friday when he returned in the morning to make a 10-foot birdie putt for a 66 and the lead.
It was the best opening round in 10 majors at Oakmont, beating a record shared by Ben Hogan and Tom Watson.
Landry also became the first player in 30 years to have the sole lead after his first US Open round. Three storm delays Thursday left a disjointed schedule and no clear picture of who’s in control. The nine players who completed the opening round Thursday, including 19-year-old Scottie Scheffler and his 69, had the entire day off Friday. Those who had to return to finish the first round initially were given tee times deep into the evening until the USGA decided it best that everyone from that half of the field _ including Spieth at 2 over _ start Saturday morning. Johnson went 27 holes without a bogey in a US Open held on its toughest course.

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