DJ ties Hossler for AT&T Pebble Beach lead

Dustin Johnson has won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am twice in addition to being close on several other occasions, and he’s right there again after two rounds.

DJ, the top-ranked player in the world, birdied his first three holes after starting on the back nine, then birdied three of his last four to card a 7-under-par 64 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club and is tied for the lead with first-round co-leader Beau Hossler.

“I was just on today,” said Johnson, who won at Pebble in 2009 and 2010, and has five other top-10 finishes in the tournament on the Monterey Peninsula. “I got off to a great start with birdies on the first three holes.

“I played really well; it was a very solid day. I hit a lot of good shots, made some putts and hit a few more good ones that just didn’t go in. All in all, it was really solid, just a good day.”

Johnson has a 36-hole total of 12-under 131 after playing on the only course in the rotation that has a par of 71, while Hossler, from Ranch Santa Margarita, followed his 65 at Pebble Beach Golf Links with a bogey-free 5-under 67 at Spyglass Hill Golf Course for a total of 12-under 132.

Troy Merritt had a 67 at Spyglass Hill and is two strokes back in a tie for third with Julian Suri, who posted a 67 at Monterey Peninsula.

Phil Mickelson, who has won at Pebble Beach four times, recorded a 65 at Monterey Peninsula and is another shot behind in a tie for fifth with second-ranked Jon Rahm of Spain, who had a 5-under 67 at Pebble Beach; 10th-ranked Jason Day of Australia, who totaled 65 at Monterey Peninsula; Aaron Wise of Lake Elsinore, who shot 69 at Pebble Beach; first-round co-leader Kevin Streelman, who recorded a 69 at Monterey Peninsula, and Steve Stricker, who came in with a 65 at Monterey Peninsula.

Third-ranked Jordan Spieth shot 66 at Monterey Peninsula and is tied for 23rd, and eighth-ranked Rory McIlroy, playing in the tournament for the first time, struggled to a 74 at Monterey Peninsula and is tied for 87th.

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