Calm DJ puts his foot down in Mexico
Dustin Johnson says playing calm golf is the reason he is leading the WGC-Mexico Championship at the halfway stage.
World number three Johnson, who is aiming to win the tournament for the third time, made four birdies in a bogey-free round of 67 to open up a two-shot lead at the Club de Golf Chapultepec in Naucalpan, Mexico.
The 34-year-old American is two strokes clear of compatriot Matt Kuchar, who also signed for a round of 67, and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, who carded a one-under-par 70.
Spaniard Sergio Garcia and Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who were both part of Europe's 2018 Ryder Cup winning team, are a further two shots back on -7, whilst Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith are on -6.
Speaking at the midway point of the tournament, Johnson revealed his calm approach has been crucial to his success this week.
"There are holes you can be aggressive on. I think I have a very good game plan, I don't really play too aggressive here at all," he said.
"When you can, I try to be aggressive and try get myself some good looks at birdie, but off the tee I can't really be too aggressive.
"There are a few holes – one, two, 10, 12 – but I think that's about it. The rest of the holes you've got to kind of just hit it to a certain spot and go from there."
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.