Two-time major winner Dustin Johnson fired a nine-under par 63 to seize a three-stroke lead after the opening round of the LIV Golf Chicago Invitational.
The 38-year-old American enjoyed a bogey-free 18 holes to start the 54-hole event at Rich Harvest Farms, with the winner set to collect $4 million from a $25 million purse.
“I struck the ball really well,” Johnson said. “I hit it really close. I holed a lot of putts inside 10 feet.”
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Australia’s third-ranked Cameron Smith, who won the British Open in July at St. Andrews, was second on 66.
“I was hitting good putts but they weren’t going in,” Smith said. “At the end they started going in. I hope I can keep it going.”
At one point in the day Smith was shown a Rory McIlroy-inspired meme and later was bizarrely asked…