FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — For a while on Friday morning, it looked as if Brooks Koepka’s course record at Bethpage Black might last only 24 hours.
Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, was going low early in his second round at the PGA Championship. He went 4 under through the first eight holes of Bethpage’s toughest nine, putting Koepka’s 7-under 63 from Thursday in serious danger.
In the end, Johnson couldn’t keep it going because he struggled with the putter. He shot a 3-under 67, playing his final 10 holes in 1-over par. But it was still a good day, as Johnson finds himself in a tie for third place as the second round continues.
“I feel like I’m in a good position,” Johnson said. “I’m happy with where I’m at no matter what the lead is after [Saturday.] I’m going to be somewhere around it or close enough to where with 36 holes left, I’m OK.”
Still, it felt like a bit of an opportunity missed for Johnson. Especially considering what he did on his opening nine holes.
He started with a bogey on the 10th hole, but quickly got the lost shot back with a birdie at No. 11. He got to 1 under for the day with a birdie at the par-5 13th hole. And then he turned…