The PGA Tour has been anything but conventional since returning to the course after the COVID-19 pandemic. With no fans in the gallery at the Northern Trust Open, it almost appears that we’re watching some scratch golfers take to the course each weekend.
On Friday, though, it was an all-day competition to make golf history. Scottie Scheffler opened up the morning tee times at TPC Boston in Norton, MA, with a 12-under 59. A little later on in the day, Dustin Johnson threatened to top Scheffler with an 11-under 60 that just missed the mark.
It hasn’t been since the John Deere Classic in 2010 that two players shot a 60 or lower on the same day. According to the legend of golf, a score of 59 is considered a magic number in the sport. That is great, but the 58 by Jim Furyk at the 2016 Travelers Championship is the best round in golf history.
Dustin Johnson Northern Trust Open
Johnson had an unbelievable string of holes that saw him birdie-eagle-birdie-eagle-birdie. After eight holes, DJ found himself at 9-under; he would add two birdies to go 11-under through 11 holes. In addition to being two strokes up on Scheffler, Cameron Davis is also there at 13-under.
Johnson would nail a 40-foot eagle putt on hole No. 2 and put a driver shot four feet away for an eagle putt on hole No. 4. The remainder of his birdie putts were from about 12 feet or closer. However, that’s where the fun ends. Johnson would go on to par every single hole from that point forward but keep the two-shot lead through the second day. He would miss a 12-foot putt on hole No. 13 and a 10-footer on hole No. 17.
Those were the only two good chances at birdie for the rest of the way and a few opportunities that he would love to have back.
Johnson hit a drive on the par-5 18th into a slope of unkempt grass. He could’ve used a 3-wood on the next shot into the middle of the green but instead went wedge, which led to a 2-putt par.
“If I hit the fairway there, it’s a pretty easy 4. But I didn’t, so I shot 60,” Johnson said. “That’s OK, though. I’m pretty happy with it. Pretty happy with my position leading into the weekend.”
Tiger Woods Northern Trust Open
Tiger Woods even made an appearance at the Northern Trust Open this weekend. After a 3-under day to open the tournament on Thursday, he came back to shoot an even 71 on Friday. Woods lucked out big time, as the cut line was right there at 3-under.
“I just didn’t quite have it,” Woods said. “I was close to snapping a couple clubs today, but I didn’t, so that’s a positive.”
More good news came for the PGA Tour this week as it conducted 249 COVID-19 tests this week on players and caddies and came back with no positive tests. There are now no positive tests for the third straight week. Only eight players and three caddies over 11 weeks and 12 tournaments have shown exposure to Coronavirus.
FanDuel Odds for Northern Trust Open
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Johnson is a huge +165 favorite to be the outright winner at the Northern Trust Open. Behind DJ, it’s Scheffler at +750, Harris English at +1000, Louis Oosthuizen at +1000, Daniel Berger at +1400, and Davis at a surprising +2000 despite being tied for second at two strokes back.