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Johnson outshines Spieth and McIlroy at TPC Boston

03 September 2017

Jon Rahm shot a 5-under 66 Saturday at TPC Boston to grab a two-shot lead at the Dell Technologies Championship. The 28-year-old parted company with his long-time bagman on July 31 and replaced him temporarily with best friend Harry Diamond, who will remain as caddie for the rest of 2017.

Rahm was two over for the day after eight holes, but a superb eagle at the 18th ignited his charge to the top of the leaderboard and five birdies over the front nine in excellent conditions at TPC Boston saw him card a 66 which hoisted him to nine under par.

"When you win, you're playing well, so it gives you a lot of confidence", said Johnson. Nothing to say about that one.

On the back nine, Rahm found a groove. My short game has been very disappointing and I haven't been able to visualize the shot I've been trying to hit.

Nothing looked wrong with Johnson, except for one bad swing and one aggressive putt. It made me complacent of what I had accomplished all year.

"[This course] does fit my eye", added Rahm.

The crowd plays favorites at golf tournaments, being able to follow individuals throughout the course rather than staying in the same place all the time. "After what we played last week, with the rough we had last week, anything seems simple", the Spaniard said. "This is the best energy I've had throughout the round and the best focus". It can be a big green, but there's little sections for the pin to be at, right.

"I feel like I'm on a good track".

"It's taken me two months to realize what I've done, and you know, hopefully I can keep surprising myself". He has never been left off a Presidents Cup since the matches began in 1994.

Johnson outshines Spieth and McIlroy at TPC Boston
Johnson outshines Spieth and McIlroy at TPC Boston

Stanley is on the outside looking in as far as the USA side is concerned so he too will be keen to impress his captain Steve Stricker over the next two days.

"Once that happened on 18, I felt like everything clicked and I just started flushing everything and ended up with the results I did", he told PGA Tour Live.

And he's been holing them from longer distances, too.

World number four McIlroy has been hit with injury this year and will be shutting things down in due course but could not resist defending his title at TPC Boston starting on Friday in the second of the PGA Tour's four lucrative playoff events. US captain Steve Stricker has said he wanted to see something from Mickelson over the final two weeks to feel good about taking him as a pick.

There are a half dozen players who would be better additions to the team on form alone, but what will likely earn Mickelson his place on the roster isn't something you can quantify. "I just hit a really nice shot". "This time will help me become a stronger person, which I believe will be reflected in my skating performances as well". I totally understand it. "It took me some time to adjust to what I had done".

The Australian shot a four-over 75 and is nine shots back.

Notable cuts on the day included Charles Howell III (plus-7 on the round), Billy Horschel (plus-4), Ollie Schniederjans (plus-10) and Rory McIlroy (plus-4).

Some players who made the cut, which was 145 (3 over), are still sitting above the No. 70 spot on the FedEx Cup point list, so they need a good finish to move up.

Johnson outshines Spieth and McIlroy at TPC Boston