Northern Trust Open leaderboard: Dustin Johnson takes early lead at Riviera

Jeff Gross

While the rest of the country gets buried in snow, Dustin Johnson cruises in perfect weather in the morning wave at Riviera for an early Thursday lead.

The second wave at Riviera is making their way through the opening round of the Northern Trust Open, and right now everyone is chasing early clubhouse leader Dustin Johnson. It's no surprise to see Johnson get out in the morning and post a number, given his recent form and second-place finish last week at Pebble Beach. Johnson remains probably the most talented American golfer not named Tiger or Phil, and is a threat to win every time he enters a tournament. He checks out or makes curious moves at times, and still has to put it together on Sunday at a major, but he's the best of the younger wave of players, and is a bet to win at least once a year.

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Dustin carded just one bogey during his opening round, making a 4 at Riviera's extremely difficult par-3 4th hole. It's a hole that Ben Hogan called the best par-3 in America, and it still remains a challenge to get down in three for the modern players. Aside from that, it was smooth sailing for Johnson, who predictably took advantage of the three par-5s and make birdie at each on his way to getting in at 66.

Blake Adams, who had a late Sunday tee time with Phil Mickelson at Pebble, is currently even with DJ at 5-under. Keegan Bradley and Rickie Fowler are two other name players in the afternoon groups currently making a run at the lead. They're 3-under through 10 holes. Here's a snapshot of the leaderboard with half the field done:

Place Player Score Thru
T1 Dustin Johnson -5 F*
T1 Blake Adams -5 13*
T3 Robert Garrigus -4 F
T3 Francesco Molinari -4 F*
T3 Scott Stallings -4 F*
T3 Charley Hoffman -4 F
T3 Matt Jones -4 F
T3 Charlie Beljan -4 8*
T9 Jim Furyk -3 F*
T9 Cameron Tringale -3 F*
T9 Trevor Immelman -3 13
T9 Brian Harman -3 13
T9 Jimmy Walker -3 10
T9 Keegan Bradley -3 10
T9 Rickie Fowler -3 10*
T9 Sang-Moon Bae -3 9*
T17 William McGirt -2 F
T17 Richard H. Lee -2 F
T17 Kevin Stadler -2 F
T17 Charl Schwartzel -2 F
T17 K.J. Choi -2 F*
T17 Lee Westwood -2 F*
T17 Harold Varner III -2 F*
T17 James Driscoll -2 14*
T17 Matt Every -2 14*
T17 Brendan Steele -2 12
T17 Greg Chalmers -2 12
T17 Webb Simpson -2 11
T17 Jordan Spieth -2 11
T17 Billy Hurley III -2 10
T17 Nicolas Colsaerts -2 7*
T32 Charlie Wi -1 F
T32 Graham DeLaet -1 F*
T32 Hunter Mahan -1 F*
T32 Harris English -1 F
T32 Justin Rose -1 F*
T32 Ben Curtis -1 F
T32 Jhonattan Vegas -1 F
T32 Scott Brown -1 F
T32 Justin Leonard -1 F
T32 David Lingmerth -1 F
T32 Hideki Matsuyama -1 F*
T32 David Hearn -1 F
T32 Victor Dubuisson -1 F*
T32 Jim Renner -1 F
T32 James Hahn -1 13
T32 Freddie Jacobson -1 13*
T32 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano -1 12
T32 Jason Dufner -1 10
T32 Ryan Moore -1 10*
T32 John Huh -1 10
T32 Angel Cabrera -1 9*
T32 Marc Leishman -1 9
T32 Martin Laird -1 9*
T32 Ryo Ishikawa -1 7
T32 Ricky Barnes -1 7*
T32 Bryce Molder -1 6
T32 J.B. Holmes -1 6
T32 John Mallinger -1 6
T32 Tim Wilkinson -1 5
T61 John Senden E F
T61 Bo Van Pelt E F*
T61 Luke Guthrie E F*
T61 Fred Funk E F*
T61 Ernie Els E F
T61 Brian Gay E F
T61 Robert Allenby E F
T61 Davis Love III E F
T61 Mike Weir E F
T61 Ken Duke E F*
T61 Scott Piercy E F
T61 Daniel Summerhays E F*
T61 Kevin Chappell E F*
T61 Brendon Todd E F*
T61 Aaron Goldberg E F
T61 Michael Putnam E F*
T61 Jason Kokrak E 14*
T61 Martin Flores E 12*
T61 Kevin Streelman E 11*
T61 Bubba Watson E 11*
T61 Louis Oosthuizen E 11*
T61 Woody Austin E 8
T61 George McNeill E 8*
T61 Ben Crane E 8
T61 Andres Romero E 8
T61 Jason Gore E 8
T61 Thorbjorn Olesen E 7*
T61 Aaron Baddeley E 6*
T61 Pat Perez E 6*
T61 Bubba Dickerson E 5*
T61 Jason Allred E 5*
T92 Troy Matteson 1 F
T92 Brendon de Jonge 1 F*
T92 Bill Haas 1 F
T92 John Merrick 1 F
T92 Ian Poulter 1 F*
T92 Lucas Glover 1 F
T92 Stuart Appleby 1 F
T92 Brian Davis 1 13
T92 Steven Bowditch 1 14
T92 David Lynn 1 13*
T92 Morgan Hoffmann 1 12*
T92 Fred Couples 1 11
T92 Charles Howell III 1 10*
T92 Carl Pettersson 1 9
T92 Jonathan Byrd 1 9*
T92 Paul Goydos 1 7
T108 Stewart Cink 2 F*
T108 Retief Goosen 2 F*
T108 Y.E. Yang 2 F
T108 Max Homa 2 F
T108 J.J. Henry 2 10
T108 Ted Potter, Jr. 2 9
T108 Tommy Gainey 2 9*
T108 Kevin Na 2 8
T108 Vijay Singh 2 8
T108 Will MacKenzie 2 7*
T108 Erik Compton 2 8*
T108 Nicholas Thompson 2 7
T108 D.H. Lee 2 6*
T108 Hudson Swafford 2 5
T108 John Peterson 2 5*
T123 Briny Baird 3 F*
T123 Spencer Levin 3 F
T123 Justin Hicks 3 F
T123 Matt Kuchar 3 F*
T123 Geoff Ogilvy 3 F*
T123 Russell Knox 3 13
T123 Derek Ernst 3 8*
T123 Josh Teater 3 7*
T131 Joost Luiten 4 F*
T131 Kyle Stanley 4 F*
T131 David Toms 4 F*
T131 John Rollins 4 F
T131 Padraig Harrington 4 F
T131 Chesson Hadley 4 F*
T131 Scott Langley 4 12*
T131 Darren Clarke 4 9*
T139 Johnson Wagner 5 F*
T139 Steve Holmes 5 6
T141 Jeff Maggert 6 F*
T141 Brian Stuard 6 F
143 Russell Henley 7 F*

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