Dustin Johnson must think this is the 2010 PGA Championship all over again. That was the infamous year, of course, where Johnson was called for a penalty at the 72nd hole to fall out of a playoff with Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson.
Watson isn't in the mix this year but it's Kaymer that Johnson is once again trying to do battle with. Unfortunately for Johnson, it's not going so well.
Not because of anything he's doing, mind you, it's just that Kaymer is seemingly playing a different golf course.
Johnson shot a 69 in the second round to follow up his 69 in the first round and he was looking at an 8-shot deficit at the time he finished.
An 8-shot deficit! After two rounds under par at the US Open!
Still, Johnson was pleased with his 69 that included some of the leakiest putts you'll ever see from somebody shooting a 69 at a US Open.
"I played pretty well but I thought I let a few opportunities slip away," Johnson told ESPN's Tom Rinaldi. "I feel like I'm rolling it good but I'm just a fraction off and you can't be a fraction off."
That's true but Johnson wasn't a fraction off, he was a lot off. Still, his long game carried him. He once again birdied both of the par-5 oles as he'll have to continue to do if he wants to be around in the end.
Speaking of the end, Johnson knows a thing or two about struggling with a lead at the end of majors. He knows that despite Kaymer's big lead, he still has work to do.
"It's tough holding a lead because you start playing a little conservative."
I'm guessing Johnson will be anything but conservative over the next two days.
Adam Scott (E): Scott recovered from his first-round 73 with a tasty second-round 67 that included four birdies to just one bogey. He also had a great quote about Martin Kaymer after his round.
Adam Scott asked the hardest part of holding a big lead, responds “His is considerable.”— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) June 13, 2014
Bubba Watson (6 over): Bubba likely won't be around for the weekend after shooting 76-70 in his first two rounds. At least he got some fashion advice in before exiting stage left.
ESPN reported that Bubba Watson gave Marcel Siem some fashion advice. The fashion expert! pic.twitter.com/LouXcIRWq7— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) June 13, 2014
Keegan Bradley (2 under): See: Johnson, Dustin. Two straight 69s by Keegan Bradley and he's down eight going to the weekend. Wild stuff.