Paul Casey will carry a two-stroke lead into Friday at the Masters as Tiger Woods made an impressive start to his title defence at a rain-hit Augusta.

Casey opened with a seven-under 65 in Georgia on Thursday, but the first round was initially delayed and then suspended for almost three hours due to inclement weather.

The Englishman, who was runner-up at the US PGA Championship earlier this year for his 10th top-10 finish at a major, produced a bogey-free round that included an eagle and five birdies.

Casey sat two strokes clear of American duo Webb Simpson and Xander Schauffele, who opened with 67s, when play was suspended for the day due to darkness with 44 players yet to get through 18 holes.

It continued Simpson's fine form, having finished in the top 20 in each of his past six starts on the PGA Tour.

But all eyes were on Woods, who started his title defence with a four-under 68.

Having sensationally won his 15th major at the Masters last year, Woods entered the tournament with just one top-10 finish in 2020 and that came at the Farmers Insurance Open in January.

However, the American – starting on the back nine – made three birdies in four holes from the 13th and picked up a shot at the first during a bogey-free first round.

A five-time Masters winner, Woods' 68 tied his lowest first-round score at the tournament and was his first bogey-free round in a major since the 2009 US PGA Championship.

Woods' round left him in an eight-way tie for fourth, with Hideki Matsuyama, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen and Patrick Reed alongside him and having completed their rounds.

But Adam Scott (through 10), Justin Thomas (through nine) and Dylan Frittelli (through eight) were all flying and at four under before play was suspended.

Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, made four birdies on the front nine, while Thomas and Frittelli made more mixed starts.

World number one Dustin Johnson (through eight) and Jon Rahm (69) were among a group at three under alongside Rickie Fowler (through 11) and Matthew Wolff (through 10).

U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau recovered from a double bogey at the 13th hole to post a two-under 70 and sit in a tie for 19th, a position he is joined in by Jason Day (70) and Justin Rose (through eight) among others.

Rory McIlroy struggled to get much going, reaching even par halfway through his round, while Brooks Koepka was one over through nine.

Jordan Spieth, the 2015 winner, showed no signs of turning his poor form around, opening with a 74.

The enforced rescheduling of the 2020 Masters promises to make this year's tournament at Augusta National even more unpredictable than it always is.

Augusta's beauty is not borne just from its colourful, blooming azaleas (albeit they will have a far more Autumnal look this year). No, it is the way year after year it can chew up and spit out the greatest golf has to offer, providing drama at every turn.

With the coronavirus crisis meaning the battle for the green jacket was postponed from its traditional spot of April to November, it is more difficult than ever to try and pick a winner.

But six of Stats Perform News' finest have had a go at doing so ahead of the action getting underway, without fans, on Thursday.

THE TIME HAS COME FOR XANDER – Dan Lewis

After ending as runner-up last year and finishing in the top five in half of his major appearances, the time has come for Xander Schauffele to land his first big title. He was one of six players to have the lead at some point during the final round in 2019 and, with a year's more experience under his belt, he enters this tournament in good stead.

HATTON CAN COMPLETE JOURNEY FROM WANNABE TO SUPERSTAR – Jon Fisher

Winner of the European Tour's flagship event at Wentworth in October, Tyrrell Hatton appears in great shape to do the same on the other side of the pond. He doesn't possess the greatest record at Augusta with a finish of 44th his best in three attempts but an accurate long game and deft touch around the greens make him well-placed to crown a breakthrough 2020. Don't be surprised to see him donning the Green Jacket on Sunday to complete his transformation from petulant wannabe to global superstar.

THIS IS DUSTIN'S YEAR AT AUGUSTA – Chris Myson

World number one Dustin Johnson is yet to win the Masters but has placed in the top 10 in each of his last four Augusta appearances, including his tie for second last year, while he was cruelly denied in 2017 when he fell down a staircase ahead of the event. This could finally be his year, with Johnson in fine form: six straight top-10s included winning the Northern Trust and impressive showings at the other two majors.

DECHAMBEAU PRIMED TO GO BACK-TO-BACK – Peter Hanson

It was always likely to be a case of when not if Bryson DeChambeau became a major winner and now the man dubbed 'The Mad Scientist' has overcome that mental hurdle by dominating at the U.S. Open, there is no reason to suggest he cannot go back-to-back in the majors. A bulkier DeChambeau averaged the longest driving distance off the tee in the 2020 PGA Tour season (322.1 yards) and already leads the statistics in the 2021 campaign (344.4), albeit having only played eight rounds. Augusta is not exactly a course you can just blitz – you need touch around the green, solid putting and the ability to scramble – but it is certainly going to do his chances no harm.

WINGED FOOT WAS A BLIP, RAHM WILL CONTEND AT AUGUSTA – Joe Wright

He might have had a disappointing time at the U.S. Open in September, but there's little reason to discount Rahm from challenging for a maiden major this week. The Spaniard triumphed at the Memorial Tournament and the BMW Championship following the PGA Tour's return, making 2020 the most successful year of his career. While finishing 23rd at Winged Foot was frustrating, Rahm was just a stroke behind winner Patrick Cantlay at the Zozo Championship last month, hitting 11 of 13 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation in an impressive final round.

BEING UNDER THE RADAR MIGHT SUIT MCILROY – Timothy Abraham

Rory McIlroy heads into his 12th Masters a little out of sorts. The Northern Irishman has slipped down the rankings, from first to fifth, since golf restarted after lockdown. He finished 21st at the CJ Cup and 17th at the Zozo Championship last month, results that do not exactly bode particularly well form wise. But without any of the usual pre-Masters hype, the pressure will firmly be off the 31-year-old heading to Augusta. McIlroy's last win at a major came with a second PGA title in 2014, but that elusive green jacket might just come out of the blue.

Tiger Woods has been grouped with Shane Lowry and Andy Ogletree for the start of his Masters defence.

Fifteen-time major champion Woods will play with Open champion Lowry and, as is tradition at Augusta, the U.S. Amateur Championship winner Ogletree for the first two rounds.

The threesome will start from the 10th hole in the Thursday morning session and from the first tee on Friday in the second session.

Due to the tournament being rescheduled to November amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Masters is using a two-tee start with 11-minute intervals over the first two days to counter the reduced daylight.

Woods, 44, will be defending his title 19 months after his famous 2019 triumph.

U.S. Open champion and pre-tournament Masters favourite Bryson DeChambeau is another early starter as he plays alongside Jon Rahm and Louis Oosthuizen.

World number one Dustin Johnson will have Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay for company in another impressive grouping when they begin from the first tee in the afternoon.

Other later starters include US PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa, Adam Scott and Tyrrell Hatton, who has been tipped as a contender.

Two of the other top challengers, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas, are joined by Matt Fitzpatrick in another featured group.

The field has been reduced to 92 players after former winner Sergio Garcia, who tested positive for coronavirus, was one of four withdrawals.

Carlos Ortiz held off Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama to win the Houston Open for his maiden victory on the PGA Tour.

Ortiz carded a five-under 65 in the final round at the Memorial Park Municipal Golf Course in Texas to finish at 13 under.

The 29-year-old finished two strokes clear of Johnson (65) and Matsuyama (63) for his first PGA Tour triumph.

Ortiz's win came in his 118th start, while he joined Victor Regalado and Cesar Sanudo as the only Mexicans to win a PGA Tour event.

During a bogey-free final round, Ortiz secured his success in style with a 22-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

Making his first start since the U.S. Open after recovering from coronavirus, world number one Johnson fell short despite continuing his charge with a final-round 65.

Johnson struggled to a 72 in the opening round, and that proved costly as he finished with three straight rounds of 66 or better, having narrowly missed a 21-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have put him in a share of the lead.

Matsuyama produced the equal best round of the day as his 63 saw him finish alongside Johnson in a tie for second.

Talor Gooch (63) was outright fourth at nine under, a shot ahead of Brooks Koepka (65) and Sepp Straka (69).

Koepka posted back-to-back 65s, marking the second time in his career he has posted consecutive rounds of 65 or better in the third and final rounds, in positive signs ahead of next week's Masters.

Mackenzie Hughes (63), Tyrrell Hatton (65), overnight leader Sam Burns (72) and Jason Day (71) ended up at seven under.

Sam Burns retained the lead at the Houston Open, but Jason Day and Dustin Johnson are among those in contention.

Burns, 24, holds a 54-hole lead for the first time in his PGA Tour career after carding a two-under 68 at the Memorial Park Municipal Golf Course.

The American moved into nine under, a stroke ahead of Australian Day (67) and Mexican Carlos Ortiz (67).

Burns, who has two top-10 finishes this year, had an eagle, four birdies and four bogeys during his third round.

Without a top-10 finish since the US PGA Championship in August, Day is in contention after a third straight round in the 60s.

Sepp Straka (66) is outright fourth at seven under, a shot ahead of Johnson.

World number one Johnson, playing for the first time since the U.S. Open, carded a second straight 66, having opened with a 72.

Johnson produced a bogey-free third round, making four birdies – including a 17-footer at the fifth.

Aaron Wise (69) and Dawie van der Walt (69) are at five under, one shot ahead of Hideki Matsuyama (66), Michael Thompson (67), Shane Lowry (68), Tony Finau (68) and Patton Kizzire (70).

Brooks Koepka showed some better form ahead of next week's Masters, the American firing a five-under 65 – the equal best round of the day – to move into a tie for 13th at three under.

Sam Burns earned a two-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Houston Open, where former world number one Jordan Spieth's struggles continued after another missed cut.

Burns – eyeing a maiden PGA Tour title – carded a five-under-par 65 to top the leaderboard following Friday's second round at Memorial Park Municipal Golf Course.

The 24-year-old American was flawless as he holed five birdies without dropping a shot in Texas, where round two was suspended due to darkness.

Burns recorded his second career lead/co-lead on Tour – his first came at the 2020 Safeway Open following the second round.

Jason Day (68), another former world number one, and Mexican Carlos Ortiz (68) are Burns' nearest challengers at five under.

Overnight leader Brandt Snedeker dropped down into a tie for fourth after his second-round 71, alongside Dawie van der Walt (66), Corey Conners (67), Aaron Wise (66) and Patton Kizzire (67).

World number one Dustin Johnson regrouped to post a four-under-par 66, enough for a share of 14th position – five shots off the pace.

In action for the first time since the U.S. Open after recovering from coronavirus, bounced back from a first-round 72 with six birdies and two bogeys.

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka survived to qualify for the weekend courtesy of his 70.

Ahead of this month's reschedule Masters, Koepka is tied for 46th at two over, just two strokes above the projected cut.

Spieth's tournament came to an end following back-to-back rounds in the 70s – his third missed cut in five outings.

The American star has not won since the 2017 Open Championship.

The likes of Sergio Garcia (71) and Phil Mickelson (73) also failed to make it to the weekend.

Mickelson finished nine over after shooting an eight on the par-three ninth hole – the highest score on a par three of his PGA Tour career.

Brandt Snedeker carded a five-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead as the first round of the Houston Open was suspended on Thursday.

The American has struggled for form in 2020, but made a fine start at Memorial Park Municipal Golf Course in Texas.

Snedeker, who has just one top-10 finish in 17 events this year, mixed six birdies with a bogey in the opening round.

He holds a two-shot lead over Cameron Davis, Michael Thompson, Scottie Scheffler, Harold Varner III, Carlos Ortiz and Jason Day, who all opened with 67s.

The last time Snedeker held the 18-hole lead or co-lead on the PGA Tour was after his 59 at the 2018 Wyndham Championship, which he won.

Only nine players were yet to complete their rounds when it was suspended due to darkness.

On what is a congested leaderboard chasing Snedeker, Adam Long, Kevin Streelman, Sam Burns, Talor Gooch, Sepp Straka, Scott Piercy, 2007 champion Adam Scott and Greg Chalmers all opened with 68s.

In action for the first time since the U.S. Open after recovering from coronavirus, Dustin Johnson battled to a two-over 72.

Johnson is back in a tie for 63rd, and he is joined in that group by Brooks Koepka and defending champion Lanto Griffin.

Jordan Spieth's struggles continued as he opened with a three-over 73.

With just two top-10 finishes in 18 events this year, Spieth was three under through 12 holes, only to make two double bogeys and two bogeys.

Martin Laird (72) delivered one of the day's highlights with a hole-in-one at the second hole.

Dustin Johnson remains unsure how he contracted coronavirus and the world number one said just where his game was at was "undetermined".

Johnson, 36, tested positive for COVID-19 last month and has been out of action since the U.S. Open.

The American is preparing for his return at the Houston Open, beginning on Thursday, but said he was still unsure how he got infected.

"The only good thing that came out of this is I know I'm playing next week at the Masters," Johnson told a news conference.

"I'd be nervous, for sure. It's one of those things… I had no idea where I got it from. Obviously, I thought about it, tried to figure it out. I had every person that I'd been around, people that had been in my house, any person that I'd come in contact with – my friends, family, people that work for me – every single one of them went and got tested. Not Paulina, the kids, everybody, not one person had it.

"The only thing I can figure is I got in Vegas… I don't even know how I got it there. That's the only place I could have got it because not one person I was around had it… and nobody got it either from me."

Johnson has enjoyed a fine 2020, claiming two wins and seven other top-10 finishes in 16 events.

The 2016 U.S. Open champion said he was happy to be back after a longer-than-expected break.

"My health is good. The state of my game is undetermined," Johnson said.

“It wasn't that bad as far as I didn't get really sick. I felt like I had a cold for a few days, and after that, I was pretty much asymptomatic. A little fatigue and things like that, but I couldn't really figure out if that's cos' I was stuck in a hotel room for like 11 days, or if it was COVID that made me feel that way.

"Really, I didn't leave the room for 11 days. I was just laying around kind of doing nothing. It was almost one of those things, I was waiting to get sick because you know you have it, and you're sitting there just… For me, it was very mild and obviously I'm very thankful for that.

"It definitely puts a wrench in your plans and what you're trying to do. Obviously, I was planning on playing at Shadow Creek and Sherwood, those two events. I had a lot more time off than I was planning on."

Sebastian Munoz set the early pace at the Zozo Championship after earning a one-stroke lead in the opening round, while defending champion Tiger Woods struggled on his return to the PGA Tour.

Colombian golfer Munoz carded an eight-under-par 64 to top the leaderboard in Thousand Oaks, where the tournament is taking place after being relocated from Japan due to the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions.

Munoz – eyeing his second Tour title – holed two eagles, eight birdies, a double bogey and two bogeys at Sherwood Country Club.

The 27-year-old recorded his second eagle of the day on the par-five 16th, holing out from 51 yards to mark the third instance in his Tour career with two eagles in a single round.

England's Tyrrell Hatton and American star Justin Thomas – who ended the day eagle-birdie-birdie – are a shot off the pace heading into Friday's second round, while Brian Harman, Lanto Griffin, Kevin Kisner, Harris English and Dylan Frittelli are stroke further back at six under.

World number two Jon Rahm and Jason Day were among the players to post first-round 68s in a field missing top-ranked golfer Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott due to positive coronavirus cases.

After claiming his maiden Tour title via last week's CJ Cup at Shadow Creek, Jason Kokrak shot a three-under-par 69 to be tied for 26th alongside the likes of Xander Schauffele and Matthew Wolff.

Searching for his first victory since 2017, former world number one Jordan Spieth opened with a 70, just like 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed.

Rory McIlroy – a four-time major champion – recorded a one-over-par 73, a shot worse off than Phil Mickelson.

As for Woods, his title defence and bid for a record-breaking 83rd Tour crown started with a forgettable four-over-par 76 that left him 12 strokes behind Munoz.

Making just his eighth start of 2020 and playing for the first time since missing the U.S. Open cut ahead of next month's Masters defence, Woods played three par-five holes over par in the same round for the first time in his illustrious career.

Woods carded a three-over 39 on the back nine, which included a double bogey and two bogeys to go with a solitary birdie.

Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the Zozo Championship, delaying his return after testing positive for coronavirus.

Johnson withdrew from last week's The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek after contracting COVID-19.

The world number one was due to return at Sherwood Country Club in California this week, but the American will miss the PGA Tour event.

"Unfortunately, Dustin just made the decision to withdraw from Zozo," his agent David Winkle told pgatour.com.

"While he is feeling much better, he is still a bit low on energy and feels it would be best to wait and resume his schedule in Houston."

Johnson, who has two wins this year, was last in action as he finished tied for sixth at the U.S. Open last month.

A 23-time winner on the PGA Tour, Johnson is scheduled to return at the Houston Open, which begins on November 5 – a week before the Masters.

Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the CJ Cup after testing positive for coronavirus.

The world number one was tested after notifying PGA Tour officials that he was experiencing symptoms.

J.T. Poston will now replace Johnson in the field at Shadow Creek this week as the American begins a period of self-isolation.

"Obviously, I am very disappointed," Johnson, who last competed at the U.S. Open in September, said in a statement issued by the PGA.

"I was really looking forward to competing this week but will do everything I can to return as quickly as possible.

"I have already had a few calls with the Tour's medical team and appreciate all the support and guidance they have given me."

Johnson was considered the favourite for the CJ Cup, having won three PGA Tour titles in 2019-20 to return to the top of the rankings.

He was crowned the PGA Tour Player of the Year for the second time shortly after winning the FedEx Cup for the first time.

Bryson DeChambeau clinched his maiden major title after a strong final round at the U.S. Open on Sunday.

The American was the only player in the red on his final round as a three-under 67 propelled him to a dominant six-stroke victory at Winged Foot.

Making his 16th major start, DeChambeau, 27, closed out a win as the rest of the field, particularly overnight leader Matthew Wolff, struggled at the tough course in New York.

Wolff battled to a five-over 75 in the final round, but it was enough to finish outright second at even par.

DeChambeau, whose win marked his seventh on the PGA Tour, had struggled at majors since his debut in 2015, securing his first top-10 finish earlier this year at the US PGA Championship.

Much of the talk around DeChambeau earlier this year centred on his weight gain, but he has been in fine form since the season restarted in June amid the coronavirus pandemic.

His U.S. Open victory is his second win since the campaign resumed, while he has four other top-10 finishes.

Wolff's two-stroke overnight lead disappeared quickly before he traded eagle putts with DeChambeau on the ninth.

DeChambeau holed a 39-footer and Wolff responded with a much shorter effort to be a stroke behind heading onto the back nine.

But that would be as close as Wolff would get from that point, DeChambeau pulling further ahead with a birdie at 11 after the 21-year-old bogeyed the 10th.

Whatever slim hope Wolff, bidding to become the first tournament debutant to win the U.S. Open since 1913, had disappeared with another bogey at 14 and a double at 16 as DeChambeau parred out.

A one-time winner on the PGA Tour, Wolff gave up a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in July, when DeChambeau was also victorious.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open Championship winner, finished third at two over after his 73.

Harris English (73) was a shot further back and ahead of Xander Schauffele (74), while world number one Dustin Johnson carded a 70 to finish in a tie for sixth.

After his opening-round 65 put him in a strong position, Justin Thomas (72) ended up tied for eighth at six over alongside the likes of Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy double-bogeyed the first hole and was not able to recover as he fired a 75.

Matthew Wolff equalled a U.S. Open record and is on track to make further history after taking a two-stroke lead in the third round.

Wolff carded a five-under 65 on Saturday, equalling the lowest round produced at Winged Foot at a U.S. Open.

The 21-year-old American blitzed the front nine in New York, making five birdies before a consistent back nine included a bogey and birdie.

Wolff's round came after hitting just two of 14 fairways, but he reached five under and a two-shot lead.

His 65 matched the round Justin Thomas managed on Thursday to set the record at Winged Foot.

If he wins, Wolff would become the first player to claim the U.S. Open on tournament debut since Francis Ouimet in 1913.

Bryson DeChambeau (70) sits second at three under and Louis Oosthuizen (68) is the only other player under par at one under.

DeChambeau opened his round with back-to-back bogeys before picking up a shot at the seventh.

The American then made birdies at 16 and 17, but could only manage a bogey at the par-four 18th.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open Championship winner, is also in contention after mixing four birdies with two bogeys.

Hideki Matsuyama (70), Xander Schauffele (70) and Harris English (72) are at even par, a shot ahead of Rory McIlroy (68).

But it was a forgettable third round, and in particular back nine, for overnight leader Patrick Reed.

The 2018 Masters champion was one under through nine holes before falling apart to shoot a 77 and sit at three over, tied for 11th.

Reed bogeyed six of his final nine holes and had a double bogey at the 11th, where he struggled to recover from the rough.

Thomas is at four over, while world number one Dustin Johnson was again unable to get much going, shooting a 72 to be at five over.

Patrick Reed is the man to beat at the halfway mark of the U.S. Open after earning a one-shot lead in his pursuit of a second major title, while Tiger Woods was among the big names who failed to qualify for the weekend.

Reed – the 2018 Masters champion – carded an even-par-70 to move top of the leaderboard through two rounds in tricky conditions at Winged Foot Golf Club on Friday.

American golfer Reed was a stroke behind overnight leader and countryman Justin Thomas heading into day two in New York, where the rescheduled major is taking place behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Reed, who made a memorable hole-in-one in the opening round, replaced Thomas atop the standings thanks to a mixed day, which included five birdies and as many bogeys.

A controversial figure on the PGA Tour following accusations of cheating during last year's Hero World Challenge, Reed started on the back nine and birdied his second hole but had three bogeys in a five-hole stretch – that also included another birdie – approaching the turn.

Reed tallied two birdies and two bogeys before closing his round with a birdie at the last to end the day four under and ahead of surging American Bryson DeChambeau (68), who improved 12 positions.

Rafa Cabrera Bello (70), Harris English (70) and former world number one Thomas (73) are tied for third and two shots off the pace heading into Saturday's third round.

Thomas set the record for the lowest score posted in a U.S. Open at Winged Foot with a first-round 65, but he was unable to repeat the feat on a tough day.

Jon Rahm (72) closed the round one over through 36 holes, while world number one and FedEx Cup champion Dustin Johnson (70) is two strokes worse off following back-to-back rounds in the 70s.

Johnson – the 2016 winner – is three over alongside four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, who endured a forgettable round following a six-over-par 76.

In contention after round one, Northern Irish star McIlroy – seeking his first major trophy since 2014 – fell 17 positions on the back of a double bogey, seven bogeys and just three birdies.

As for Woods, he missed the cut and the 15-time major winner was not alone as defending champion Gary Woodland (74), Jordan Spieth (81) and Phil Mickelson (74) also fell short of the six-over line.

Three-time U.S. Open champion Woods finished with a score of 10 over after shooting a second-round 77, which included two double bogeys and five bogeys.

It was a horrible day for 2015 champion Spieth, whose woes continued as he bowed out at 14 over after going through the second round without a birdie, instead holding a double bogey and nine bogeys.

Bryson DeChambeau's confidence is at an "all-time high" after an excellent two-under 68 put him in contention following his second round at the U.S. Open.

Players and experts alike commented about how forgiving the notoriously brutal Winged Foot West Course was on day one, but the same could not be said on Friday.

The number of players finishing the day under par fell drastically, with Thomas Pieters and Matthew Wolff – both of whom were just a shot off the lead after the opening round – among those to slip, with each going four over par this time around to drop back to level.

But long-hitting DeChambeau, who carded 69 on Thursday, put himself right into the mixer with an impressive round for the clubhouse lead.

"I feel great. Confidence is at an all-time high right now," he told reporters. "I'm driving it well, iron play is fantastic, wedging is getting better each and every day, and I'm putting it like I know I can. So very happy.

"I want it to play as hard as possible. I feel like there's so many holes out here that I can take advantage of that some people can't.

"Now, that doesn't mean that I'm going to win or anything, you've still got to execute, you've still got to hit the driver straight.

"If I'm hitting the driver far but all over the place, you can't make birdies from the rough. It's very difficult to, so I still have to work on hitting it straight while hitting it far. And that's a unique combo that I'm going to strive for for the rest of my life."

With regards to his improvement, DeChambeau put it partly down to his approach play with the wedges, with calibration adjustments paying off.

"My wedges yesterday weren't that good," he said. "I was flying them too far and I wanted to know what the problem was and we figured out what the problem was.

"It just was going farther than I thought it was. We didn't practise them as well as I should have leading up to this tournament, but we made that adjustment, and it worked out beautifully for me today."

World number one Dustin Johnson appeared to be in trouble after his opening-round 73, but on Friday he went around at even par to remain on three over for the tournament, and given how aggressive the course felt on Friday, the 2016 champion believes his chances are still alive.

"I think still on this golf course, with the conditions that we're supposed to have the next couple days, I don't feel like I'm out of it," Johnson said. "I'm going to have to play really well, but I like where I'm at. I think obviously two solid rounds and [I'm] right back in the mix.

"So hopefully. It was a little better today, get a little better tomorrow and then even better on Sunday, and I'll be right there."

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