He failed to birdie any of the par 5s, and he three-putted one of them at No. 5 after hitting 5-iron into the back of the green. None of that mattered the way Johnson was feeding wedges into the right spots of the green to set up birdie chances. He ran off four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the front nine, and a few good chips kept him from getting seriously close to a bogey.
Dustin Johnson approached the Plantation Course differently. He birdied all the par 5s with his length, and only fell back with a pair of bogeys on the back nine when he missed short putts. Even so, he was in good position heading into the final two rounds of a tournament that ends Monday.
"This golf course sets up well for me," Dustin Johnson said. "I can reach all the par 5s, and there's a few short holes where you can drive it up close to the green. So if I chip it and putt it well, I'm going to shoot a good score pretty much every time."
Kuchar had his second straight round of 68 with some good birdies and a few bogeys. Spieth had said he shouldn't make too many bogeys on this course if he kept it in play, though he made one on No. 7 to lose some momentum.
Tournament of Champions
Zach Johnson -13
Dustin Johnson -10
Matt Kuchar -10
Jordan Spieth -10