Johnson Leads HSBC Champions Golf After Matching Course Record

Dustin Johnson tied the course record with a 9-under-par 63 to take a five-stroke lead after two rounds of the HSBC Champions in China.

Johnson birdied six of the first seven holes today at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai. The American made his only bogey at the 10th hole before adding four more birdies and is 12 under for the tournament, which is part of the World Golf Championships.

“It was a lot of fun out there today,” Johnson, the sixth golfer to shoot 63 at Sheshan, said in an interview on the European Tour website. “I hit the ball really well, drove it well and made some good putts. Even the putts I missed, they looked like they were going in.”

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is tied for second at 7 under with Americans Boo Weekley and Bubba Watson.

McIlroy shot even-par 72 after bringing a two-shot lead into today’s play. He birdied the sixth through eighth holes to become the first player to get to 10 under before three bogeys over his final eight holes.

“Disappointing, frustrating,” McIlroy said on the PGA Tour’s website. “Played nicely the front nine and then started to hit a lot of sloppy shots on the back. Missed the last six greens in a row.”

Defending champion Ian Poulter of England and Ernie Els of South Africa are among six golfers at 6 under, with American Phil Mickelson and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose of England part of a group another shot back.

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