Johnson takes 36-hole lead at rainy Riviera

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 19, 2017 08:21 AM
Johnson takes 36-hole lead at rainy Riviera
Dustin Johnson tees off on the fourth hole during the second round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dustin Johnson finished with three birdies over his last four holes Saturday for another 5-under 66 to take a one-shot lead after 36 holes of the rain-delayed Genesis Open.

Johnson has three victories in 54-hole events, though this figures to go 72 holes, even if that means going into Monday. Heavy rain across southern California wiped out seven hours of play Friday and caused a two-hour delay Saturday morning.

Pat Perez birdied the last two holes for a 66 and was one shot behind, along with Cameron Tringale (64).

Johnson has had a chance to win at Riviera four times in the last five years, and he has been pointing to this event all year. A victory might be enough to send him to No. 1 in the world for the first time.

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