Johnson & Johnson: Dustin hot on trail of leader Zach

Former Coastal Carolina University golfer Dustin Johnson is not the same Johnson that leads after the opening round of the British Open, but he’s not far off the pace.

The 29-year-old Myrtle Beach resident, the only golfer to finish in the top 15 of the last three British Opens, shot 3-under 68 on Thursday at Muirfield (Scotland), just two strokes behind first-round leader Zach Johnson.

Dustin Johnson started the day on fire, birdying the first, fifth, eighth and ninth holes for a 4-under 32 on the front nine. But he bogeyed the 12th, 15th and 16th before capping his up-and-down round with an eagle on the par-5 17th.

That shot landed Dustin Johnson in a five-way tie for fourth place, one stroke behind runners-up Mike O’Meara and Rafael Cabrera Bello. Zack Johnson is alone in first.

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