On Friday, Dustin Johnson wore a full beard.
But on Saturday, after 36 holes of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, he showed up to TPC Southwind clean-shaven. According to the CBS golf broadcast, Johnson shaved Saturday morning.
It’s not the first time that Johnson, who is No. 27 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and No. 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings, has opted for a shave before a big round. He appeared clean-shaven at the 2016 PGA championship. He said that it was for good luck as he finished ninth at the British Open the week before with a beard. But he ended up missing the cut.
The results weren’t too shabby — DJ shot his second straight 68 and sits at 5 under, seven shots behind leader Brendon Todd. DJ hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation and although his driver wasn’t as hot as it was on Friday, he finished with his best putting day of the week and stayed in contention.
Johnson has always been fond of TPC Southwind given his successes there. But he said the course has played slightly more difficult this week.
“It’s a place I’ve liked since the first time I came here. It’s a really good golf course,” Johnson said. “It’s tough, especially in these conditions. Obviously, (the course is) really soft, which is unusual. Usually, it plays firm and fast. But, you know, I feel like the first two days this week have been OK. I just made too many mistakes, really. I hit a lot of good shots and made a lot of birdies, I just made too many bogeys.”