Those who made the trip from Augusta National to Harbour Town, especially players who contended for the green jacket, have every excuse in the world to have a let down week at the RBC Heritage. Masters week is both mentally and physically draining, something a guy like Francesco Molinari is finding out this week in Hilton Head, as he looks poised to miss the cut (round two is not yet finished due to inclement weather).
As for Dustin Johnson, who tied for second at Augusta, it's been business as usual. The 20-time PGA Tour winner has cruised to rounds of 68 and Friday's four-under 67, putting him just two off the lead of Shane Lowry, who will return to the course early on Saturday morning to finish the final two holes of his round. Johnson, who has missed just one cut on tour since the 2017 U.S. Open, has done just about everything well the first 36 holes save for putting. If that improves over the weekend, he may be in line for career win No. 21.
"You hit a few shots really close and you want to make them. But around here the greens are tricky," said Johnson. "For me, I don't know, I've always struggled reading them. But I hit some really nice putts and I played really solid."
Even though he currently ranks 31st in the field in strokes-gained/putting, Johnson felt he stroked it well. With the amount of opportunities he's given himself, they'll eventually fall.
"I felt like I played really well all day. Drove it good again, hit a lot of really nice iron shots and rolled the putter well. I didn't make as many putts -- I had a lot of good putts just didn't make a lot of them."
Jordan Spieth, who struggled with the putter on Thursday, bounced back on Friday, going three under on his first 12 holes. On Saturday morning he'll look to finish his second round strong and try to climb into contention.
Up-to-the-minute leader board and other scoring information for the RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, April 18-21, 2019