Saturday, February 02, 2019

 
Dominant Dustin Johnson races three
clear in Saudi Arabia
 
Tournament: Saudi International powered by SBIA
Race to Dubai: Tournament eight of 48 events
Venue: Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia
Prize fund: US$3,500,000
Johnson R2
The image of  Dustin Johnson must be credited to Getty Images

Round Two report
Dustin Johnson demonstrated his class with a stunning nine under par second round of 61 to lead the inaugural Saudi International powered by SBIA by three shots at the halfway stage.
The American took full advantage of the benign morning conditions at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club to move to 11 under par for the tournament, ahead of China’s Haotong Li (65) and South Africa’s Zander Lombard (67) who share second place on eight under.
Johnson signalled his intent by beginning his round with consecutive birdies after starting on the tenth tee and he added a further five birdies along with an eagle on the par five fourth hole, where he sank a 30ft putt from the fringe.
The World Number Three was in imposing form as he put daylight between himself and the rest of the world class field, which includes last week’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic winner Bryson DeChambeau, who goes into the weekend seven shots back on four under par after his second consecutive round of 68.
Reigning Masters Champion Patrick Reed, who was presented with Honorary Life Membership of the European Tour after his round, rallied on the back with three birdies in his final five holes to ensure he will also be in action at the weekend, but he will have to make up nine shots on his Ryder Cup teammate Johnson.
World Number One Justin Rose will be absent for the final two rounds though following a round of 72 which left him on two over par, two shots adrift of the cut.
Player quotes
Dustin Johnson (61, -11 total)
“It was really good. Obviously you always have fun when you're playing well, but I did a lot of the same things I did yesterday. The greens rolled a little bit better today. I felt like I paid a lot more attention to exactly what the putts were going to do and just tried to make sure I just trusted the line that I was playing and made some putts today. I drove it really well and gave myself a lot of opportunities.
“I like the golf course. If I keep driving it like the way I am right now -- I switched to the M6 driver this week, and I really like it. I'm driving it really well right now, so if I keep hitting it in the fairway, I'm going to really like this golf course.”
Haotong Li (65, -8 total)
“I am very pleased. I played quite solid out there. I’m disappointed with the fourth hole, which is a birdie hole but became a bogey, which is a two-shots there. But I think everything I did very well.

“After a long off-season I’m getting used to start playing again on the course, and I am especially putting very well. Hopefully I can continue this feeling for the weekend.”
Zander Lombard (67, -8 total)
“I just wasn't quite on today. I think I just managed really well today and took the opportunities I had. I was hitting it a little off line today, but all in all, managed to keep a good score on the card, so I’m very happy with that.”
Complete second round scores (par 70)
par 140 (2x70)
129 D Johnson (USA) 68 61,
 132 H Li  (Chn) 67 65, Z Lombard  (RSA) 65 67,
 133 S Hend (Aus) 70 63, F Zanotti (Par) 67 66,
 134 R Sterne  (RSA) 66 68, A Levy (Fra) 69 65, C Paisley  (Eng) 66 68, R Fox (Nzl) 67 67,
 135 J McLeod (Aus) 65 70, I Poulter (Eng) 68 67,
 136 J Walters (RSA) 66 70, L Johnston (Sco) 70 66, V Perez (Fra) 66 70, Y Miyazato (Jpn) 71 65, B Dechambeau (USA) 68 68, G Green  (Malaysia) 68 68,
 137 A Otaegui  (Esp) 69 68, P Dunne (Irl) 68 69, M Korhonen (Fin) 68 69, T Lewis (Eng) 71 66, L Gagli  (Ita) 67 70, T Pieters  (Bel) 63 74, V Dubuisson  (Fra) 72 65, J Luiten (Ned) 66 71, J Harding  (RSA) 65 72, R Fisher (Eng) 65 72, R Karlsson (Swe) 68 69, B Dredge (Wales) 67 70, J Dantorp (Swe) 69 68, R Langasque  (Fra) 67 70, J Hansen  (Den) 67 70,
 138 M Schwab  (Aut) 69 69, H Porteous (RSA) 68 70, M Kinhult (Swe) 67 71, M Kieffer (Ger) 69 69, S Horsfield (Eng) 68 70, M Jordan  (Eng) 73 65, G Fdez-Castaño  (Esp) 68 70, T Detry  (Bel) 68 70, P Reed (USA) 67 71, M Southgate  (Eng) 67 71, J Campillo (Esp) 66 72, R Rock (Eng) 69 69, A Pavan (Ita) 71 67, D Lipsky (USA) 71 67,
 139 R Paratore (Ita) 65 74, S Garcia  (Esp) 69 70, S Manley (Wal) 73 66, B Koepka  (USA) 69 70, R MacIntyre  (Sco) 69 70, P Waring  (Eng) 69 70, S Norris  (RSA) 66 73, T Immelman  (RSA) 72 67, A Plant (Eng) 65 74, M Lee (Aus) 69 70, A Rai (Eng) 69 70,
 140 N Colsaerts  (Bel) 70 70, C Sordet  (Fra) 71 69, J Smith (Eng) 69 71, M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) 69 71, N Bertasio (Ita) 70 70, E Molinari  (Ita) 69 71, P Larrazábal (Esp) 67 73, N Lemke (Swe) 68 72, G Bhullar (Ind) 68 72,
 141 H Park (Kor) 70 71, C Bezuidenhout (RSA) 67 74, S Crocker (USA) 72 69, G Coetzee (RSA) 70 71, S Gallacher (Sco) 70 71, D Howell (Eng) 72 69, A Arnaus (Esp) 70 71, K Kitayama (USA) 71 70, R Wattel  (Fra) 69 72, A Wu (Chn) 67 74, S Soderberg (Swe) 72 69,
 142 T Clements (Eng) 71 71, A Chesters  (Eng) 70 72, H Stenson (Swe) 68 74, M Manassero (Ita) 66 76, H Tanihara (Jpn) 70 72, J Winther (Den) 69 73, A Quiros  (Esp) 72 70, T Olesen (Den) 70 72, S Jamieson  (Sco) 67 75, J Singh Brar  (Eng) 70 72, J Rose (Eng) 70 72,
 143 R Ramsay  (Sco) 68 75, N Elvira  (Esp) 72 71, D Horsey (Eng) 73 70, E Els (RSA) 70 73, J Kruyswijk (RSA) 71 72, D Drysdale (Sco) 71 72,
 144 J Wang (Kor) 71 73, M Pavon (Fra) 77 67, P Figueiredo  (Por) 72 72, S Brazel (Aus) 71 73, L Westwood (Eng) 69 75, R Jacquelin (Fra) 73 71, A Sullivan (Eng) 70 74, B Hebert  (Fra) 72 72, R Thomas (am) (Ind) 67 77,
 145 K Koivu (Fin) 80 65, A Romero (Arg) 73 72, T Pulkkanen  (Fin) 71 74, P Edberg (Swe) 73 72, B Ritthammer (Ger) 70 75, M Wallace (Eng) 74 71, T Bjørn (Den) 73 72, B Stone (RSA) 74 71,
 146 J Lagergren (Swe) 74 72, E Pepperell (Eng) 71 75,
 147 S Brown (Eng) 75 72, K Samooja (Fin) 75 72, A Cañizares  (Esp) 69 78, B Wiesberger  (Aut) 72 75, D Law (Sco) 70 77,
 148 O Fisher  (Eng) 73 75, G Forrest  (Sco) 71 77,
 149 S Kjeldsen (Den) 72 77, D Burmester (RSA) 71 78, J Morrison  (Eng) 75 74,
 150 W Ormsby (Aus) 73 77, S Sharma (Ind) 77 73,
 151 I Cantero Gutierrez  (Esp) 76 75, L Slattery (Eng) 74 77, E Van Rooyen (RSA) 77 74,
 156 S Al Kurdi (am) (Jor) 73 83,
 159 S Al Sharif (am) (Ksa) 79 80,
 161 O Al Mulla (Ksa) 80 81,
 165 A Al Mansour (am) (Ksa) 83 82,
                                                                         Ends
 
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