Weather: Originally scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. PT, the second round resumed at 9:00 a.m., following the successful drainage and clean-up of Riviera Country Club. Round two ended at 3:49 p.m., and round three got underway at 4:10 p.m. A total of 2.97 inches of rain fell from Friday morning to Saturday morning. The third round was suspended due to darkness at 5:45 p.m. Players will be back in position Sunday at 6:50 a.m. Scattered showers through early afternoon gave way to cloudy skies in the late afternoon. High of 61. Wind SSW 6-12 mph.
Preferred lies in closely-mown areas were in effect for round two, but not in round three.
The Genesis Open is the fifth event this season to have experienced a suspension of play due to weather or darkness.
Second-Round Leaderboard (the three leaders have yet to tee off in the third round)
Dustin Johnson 66-66—132 (-10)
Pat Perez 67-66—133 (-9)
Cameron Tringale 69-64—133 (-9)
With a win at this week’s Genesis Open, Dustin Johnson would overtake the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking, provided Jason Day finishes worse than a two-way tie for third.
With a win this week, Johnson would join Tiger Woods in being the only players to have won at least at least once on the PGA TOUR each of their first 10 seasons on TOUR.
Johnson, a 12-time winner on the PGA TOUR, holds the standing record for longest stretch of winning at least one TOUR event per season, with nine.
Following his 5-under 66 in round one, Johnson followed suit with another in round two. Johnson birdied three of his last four holes in round two, Nos. 17 and 18, to get to 10-under 132. He has now birdied Nos. 17 and 18 in both rounds this week.
For the second straight day, Johnson hit eight of 14 fairways in regulation and improved to 15 of 18 greens (13 of 18 in round one).
At 10-under 132, Johnson will take a 36-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR for the 11th time. Of the previous 10, four have resulted in victory. Most recently, he converted at last season’s BMW Championship.
Johnson is making his 10th start in the Genesis Open this week, where he has collected an impressive six top-10 finishes.
In only the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am has he collected more top-10 finishes (7).
The Genesis Open is the event in which Johnson has had the most top-10 finishes in without a win. He has had four top-10 finishes in seven starts at the AT&T Byron Nelson and PGA Championship each trail
Johnson’s top-10 finishes at the Genesis Open: 4th/2016, P2/2015, 2nd/2014, T4/2012, T3/2010, T10/2009.
Third-Round Lead Notes
Last year, with rounds of 66-68-67—201 (-12), eventual champion Bubba Watson held a one-stroke advantage over Jason Kokrak, Chez Reavie and Dustin Johnson. Prior to Watson, the last 54-hole leader to win the Genesis Open was Aaron Baddeley in 2011.
So far this season, the third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win five of 13 times, most recently Jordan Spieth at last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.