DJ leads early at another major, but can he finish?

Former two-time All-American at Coastal Carolina Dustin Johnson is no stranger to the Thursday leaderboard in major golf tournaments. He finds himself in familiar territory following the first round of the 97th PGA Championship,  posting a 6-under-par 66 despite strong winds off Lake Michigan.

Johnson is back at Whistling Straits five years after he accidentally grounded his club in an unmarked bunker on the 72nd hole of the PGA Championship, missing out on a chance for his first major title. He has had several near-misses, including the US and British Opens this season.

Johnson got off to a strong start Thursday, with birdies on his first two holes and combined to go four-under on par-5s in the first round. He sank a 27-foot putt for eagle on No. 16 and checked in at 6-under after his opening round.

David Lingermath of Sweden will start the second round in second place, a shot behind Dustin Johnson. He birdied five of his first nine holes and broke even on the final nine to finish with a five-under 67.

Russell Henley, Mat Kuchar, Harris English, Jason Day, Danny Lee, Matt Jones all shot 68 on the first day, trying them for third, two shots behind the leader. Rory McIllroy and Justin Spieth are 1-under at 71.

Photo courtesy of PGA Tour

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