Big-hitting Dustin Johnson leads after the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial with a bogey-free 5-under-par, 65.

Dustin Johnson

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‘DJ’ has a one-stroke advantage over fellow-Americans Hunter Mahan, Harris English, Tim Wilkinson and Robert Streb.

Johnson’s ball-striking was superb and he hit 16 out of the 18 greens in regulation, in addition to several “bombs” off the tee.

The U.S. golfer currently ranks sixth on the PGA TOUR in greens in regulation, no golfer in the field hit more greens on day one.

In the final analysis the game should get easier if your bombing it off the tee and using nothing less than an 8-iron at all the par-4s.

These golf stats were achieved despite the American golfer having only used his driver no more than four times to avoid the trees on Colonial’s tight fairways. What is remarkable is that despite using only a 3-iron and 3-wood on many occasions, the US golfer finished averaging 296.7 yards with each drive.

Johnson is making only his second appearance at The Colonial. DJ’s previous start was six seasons ago when he finished T74. Despite his inexperience on the course, though, didn’t prevent him from developing a golf course strategy he thinks will effectively work the rest of the week.

 Source: PGA TOUR

 

 

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