OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — Two swings cost Dustin Johnson the lead. It wasn't long before Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler caught him in the Northern Trust, setting up a star-power weekend in the opening FedEx Cup playoff event.
Johnson appeared on the verge of building a big lead Friday at Glen Oaks Club until consecutive tee shots wound up on the wrong holes and forced him to scramble just to escape with bogey.
Fowler made up a five-shot deficit in six holes, making a 15-foot birdie on the last hole for 66 to join Johnson (69), Jhonattan Vegas (65) and Spieth (65) atop the leaderboard at 6-under 134. Matt Kuchar (64) and Bubba Watson (68) were one shot back.
Spieth began the back nine with five straight birdies, matching his longest birdie streak on the PGA Tour. It ended with a bogey on the par-3 15th, but he answered with a 40-foot birdie putt on the 16th and made par from the bunkers on the last two holes.
Johnson didn't have a birdie putt longer than 12 feet over his first six holes, though he converted just two. But his tee shot on No. 4 was inches away from the third fairway, and his next shot struck a tree. Johnson had to get up-and-down from 50 feet right to save bogey. The next tee shot was in the rough on the fourth hole. He had to two-putt from 80 feet for his bogey.
"But other than that, I felt like it was a really solid day," Johnson said. "I'm really pleased with the way the golf game is right now and I'm looking forward to this weekend."
LPGA: In Gee Chun took the lead in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, and Canadian Brooke Henderson did just enough to stick around for the weekend at Ottawa. Chun closed shot her second straight 4-under 67, giving her the lead at 8-under 134. Mo Martin (67), Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (68) and Marina Alex (70) are two back. Henderson, 19, finished with 69 to make the cut at 1 over.
CHAMPIONS: Jerry Kelly and David McKenzie shot 7-under 65 to share the first-round lead at the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash.