Russell Henley, a Mount Pleasant resident who played golf at Georgia, slipped a bit Friday but Dustin Johnson, a Columbia native who played at Coastal Carolina, sizzled again in the second round of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island.
Johnson finished Friday with a 3-under 67 to reach 4-under for the tournament, good for a three-shot lead midway through Friday's rounds. Henley with a 3-over 73 fell back to 2-over for the U.S. Open.
Having two players with South Carolina ties leading a golf major – as they did in a four-way tie after Thursday’s first round – is quite a feat considering that in the history of all four men's majors only three players with Palmetto State ties have won:
- Henry Picard, the late former pro at Country Club of Charleston, won the 1938 Masters and 1939 PGA Championship.
- Lucas Glover, a Greenville native and former Clemson player, won the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black near New York City.
- Johnson won the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont in Pennsylvania.
Here is the Post and Courier’s 2017 profile of Dustin Johnson.
Here is the Post and Courier’s April story on Henley’s fine round at the 2018 Masters just after his new-born son was released from MUSC.
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