GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – A day after shooting a horrible round - as Jennifer Johnson put it - she came back with the best round of her career.
The 20-year-old American shot a career-best 8-under 63 in the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Gold Club today. She beat her previous best round by two strokes.
She shot a 6-over 77 on Friday.
“Out of my nine birdies, like two or three were long putts, so I was hitting my approach shots a lot closer,” Johnson said.
Johnson is 2-under for the tournament and entered the clubhouse tied for 10th. Consider where she started: In a tie for 114th and a long way from the cut line.
One of the advantages for Johnson was the lack of wind. On Friday, the wind picked up for the later groups, which Johnson was part of. Saturday, the winds were fairly calm and benefited strong hitters.
“The wind yesterday, I just didn't get any good breaks,” she said.
Johnson hit all 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens-in-regulation today. That's a big difference from Friday when she missed four fairways and only hit half the GIR.
“I had to go out and play well,” Johnson, an Arizona State alum, said. “I played horrible yesterday. I was determined today and it worked out for me.”
Johnson hit four straight birdies from holes 2 through 5. She bogeyed the sixth hole when she had to three-putt, but came back with another birdie on the seventh hole. She also birdied holes 9, 12, 14 and 18.
“I definitely got a little excited after I made four birdies in a row,” Johnson said. “I got to stay focused. I thought I did that pretty good today.”