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Power hitter Johnson in early tie for Houston lead

(Reuters) – Long-hitting Dustin Johnson, seeking his first PGA Tour victory of the season, stormed into a share of the early lead with a scintillating eagle-birdie finish to the opening round of the Houston Open on Thursday.

The 31-year-old American sank a 10-footer at the par-five eighth, his penultimate hole of the day, before draining a 24-footer from the fringe at the par-three ninth to card a seven-under 65 at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas.

That left Johnson in a two-way tie with compatriot Roberto Castro, who fired a bogey-free round in calm but humid conditions ideal for low scoring.

Three more Americans – Johnson Wagner, Justin Hicks and Chez Reavie – opened with 66s in the final PGA Tour event before next week’s Masters, the first of the year’s four major championships.

Johnson, a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, was delighted with his start after mixing an eagle and seven birdies with two bogeys.

“Overall, it was a great day,” he told PGA TOUR Radio. “I made just two bogeys and one of them was a mud ball on (hole) five. I hit a good shot, just mud took it left and got a kind of a bad lie there left of the green and I didn’t get up and down.

“Then I had a penalty shot on the par-five 13th (his fourth hole of the day). Other than that, I felt like I played really solid today and holed some nice putts,” said Johnson, who has recorded four top-10s in seven starts on the 2015-16 PGA Tour.

Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth, the world number two, was among the late starters in the opening round.

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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Power hitter Johnson in early tie for Houston lead

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March 31 (Reuters) – Long-hitting Dustin Johnson, seeking his first PGA Tour victory of the season, stormed into a share of the early lead with a scintillating eagle-birdie finish to the opening round of the Houston Open on Thursday.

The 31-year-old American sank a 10-footer at the par-five eighth, his penultimate hole of the day, before draining a 24-footer from the fringe at the par-three ninth to card a seven-under 65 at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas.

That left Johnson in a two-way tie with compatriot Roberto Castro, who fired a bogey-free round in calm but humid conditions ideal for low scoring.

Three more Americans – Johnson Wagner, Justin Hicks and Chez Reavie – opened with 66s in the final PGA Tour event before next week’s Masters, the first of the year’s four major championships.

Johnson, a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, was delighted with his start after mixing an eagle and seven birdies with two bogeys.

“Overall, it was a great day,” he told PGA TOUR Radio. “I made just two bogeys and one of them was a mud ball on (hole) five. I hit a good shot, just mud took it left and got a kind of a bad lie there left of the green and I didn’t get up and down.

“Then I had a penalty shot on the par-five 13th (his fourth hole of the day). Other than that, I felt like I played really solid today and holed some nice putts,” said Johnson, who has recorded four top-10s in seven starts on the 2015-16 PGA Tour.

Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth, the world number two, was among the late starters in the opening round. (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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Spieth may never repeat 2015 heroics, says Strange

By Tony Jimenez

(Reuters) – Double U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange believes Jordan Spieth may never repeat the scintillating form he showed in 2015 that sent him rocketing to number one in the world rankings.

Everything the young Texan touched seemed to turn to gold as he landed his first two major championship victories at the U.S. Masters and U.S. Open, and won the Tour Championship to sew up the lucrative end-of-season FedExCup Series.

“Last year was a phenomenal year for any player, much less for a 22-year-old,” Strange said in a conference call ahead of Spieth’s Masters title defense at Augusta National next week.

“It could turn out 20 years from now that could be his absolutely best stretch of his life. I don’t think so, I hope not, but it very well could be.

“If he holds himself to the standard that he played for four or five months last year, it’s going to be difficult to repeat day in and day out.”

Spieth’s consistent brilliance last year has given way in 2016 to a series of poor rounds and he lost the world number one ranking to Australian Jason Day earlier this week.

The American has also done a lot of golfing globetrotting this year and Strange, who won the U.S. Open in 1988 and 1989, believes that has led to an inevitable downturn in fortunes.

“I think he did do a little bit too much (traveling) but… I think it was good that he did it this early in his career because he learned from it,” said the 2001 U.S. Ryder Cup captain.

“He learned that it does wear you out. I think he’s probably a little tired.

“I sense he’s just not making the putts that he made last year. There’s nothing wrong with his game,” added the 61-year-old Strange who will be commentating at the Masters (see www.espn.co.uk for coverage details).

“He’s probably a little bit impatient. The putts aren’t going in but I think he’s fine. He’s going to be defending at Augusta next week, he’ll get fired up.”

(Editing by Ken Ferris)

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