Dustin Johnson leads the Crowne Plaza Invitational at five-under par, after the opening day’s play.
The American has a one shot lead over the chasing pack and will be looking to build upon his impressive start over the remainder of the tournament.
Johnson, who hasn’t really challenged at the top of the leader board for a while, is starting to look more like the player that started the year in such dazzling form after his display here.
The American put in a fine display to launch himself into contention to win his first title since October 2013 and continue the momentum from his top ten finish last week at the Byron Nelson Championship.
The 29-year-old got off to the perfect start, making birdie at the first and, with his confidence up, he never let up from there on in.
He did not drop a shot during his entire round and made further shots up at the fifth, eighth, ninth and 16th before capping his round off with two pars.
It was a round of great consistency and one which he took almost every opportunity that presented itself to him.
He will now be the focus of many of the rest of the field’s attentions as they look to claw him back and cut into his lead.
The in-form Harris English may be the one who is most likely to do this from the quartet of players at four-under, in tied second.
English has consistently been in contention at tournaments this year and is currently seventh in the Fedex Cup rankings.
A win here would push him further up that particular leaderboard, too, providing him with further incentive to put in a good challenge.
The man leading that race is also well placed once again. Jimmy Walker rarely finishes outside the top ten nowadays and his emergence at the top of the golfing world has been one of the most entertaining features of this season.
Walker’s persistent excellence is becoming predictable and he is likely to feature prominently again, as he sits at three-under-par after the first day’s play in Texas.
Elsewhere, there were excellent rounds from Jason Dufner and Jordan Spieth, with American pair joining their compatriot on three-under-par.
It wasn’t such a good day for the enigmatic Rickie Fowler, though, as he sits at the bottom of the pile after scoring ten under and with his chances of winning the competition already over.
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