The weather may have been rough over the last couple of days, but Dustin Johnson is playing pristine golf at the Genesis Open. With 36 holes left in the tournament, he leads the pack at 10-under after a second five-under 66 round in a row. If Johnson can clinch the Genesis, he will become the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world.
Getting to the top spot will not be easy though, as Pat Perez and Cameron Tringale will both begin Sunday tied for second at nine-under. Jhonattan Vegas, Patrick Rodgers, and JT Poston will start tied for fourth at seven-under. Johnson will have to outlast a lot of competitors playing well themselves. But he seems to be taking it all in stride:
“I want to put myself in a position to win this golf tournament. That’s really all I care about is what it takes to get it done here. The rest of the stuff, the points and world golf rankings, yeah, I would like to get there, but I’m not worried about it.”
The defending U.S. Open champion does genuinely seem focused on the task at hand. While he does control his own destiny for the most part, current No. 1 Jason Day would have to finish tied for third or worse as well, which seems very likely at this point. Johnson has had six Top-10 finishes at Riviera in his last nine starts, so staying in the moment really may be the best strategy for him, especially with such a slim lead.
While the recent weather has muddied up the field in terms of who gets to finish their round on the same day or not, it should be an exciting finish at the Genesis Open.
h/t: espn.com, sportingnews.com