Johnson jumps into second place on Day 1 at Masters

Former Coastal Carolina standout Dustin Johnson is just one shot off the lead at The Masters after firing a first-round 5-under 67 on Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club.

Johnson eagles the 13th hole to jump up the board, and birdied the 15th to briefly climb into a tie first first with Sergio Garcia and Marc Leishman. But a bogey on the 17th dropped him one stroke off the pace entering Friday’s cut.

Garcia and Leishman are tied atop the leaderboard at 6-under 66, and Johnson is alone at 5-under. Six other golfers, including Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Fred Couples, are tied at 4-under.

Johnson has seven career PGA Tour victories, including earlier this year in the Tournament of Champions in January, but he has yet to win his first major.

Johnson’s best showing at Augusta National was a 30th place showing in 2009. He finished 38th the following two years and he withdrew from the Masters last year due to injury.

Photo courtesy of PGA Tour

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