“I feel like I've gained a lot of distance,” he said. “It helps me with going for more shots and more greens. (The first round) felt good. I was making every putt I looked at.”
And Johnson doesn't feel pressure being among leaderboard staples like McGreevy, Heinen, Edmond North's Hayden Wood, Jenks' Brendon Jelley and Edmond Memorial's Ty Tamura entering the final round.
“Just kind of take it as it comes,” he said of his plan for Tuesday. “Just take the pars. Even will be good.”
NO HOME COURSE ADVANTAGE FOR STILLWATER'S TROY FORT
Stillwater's Troy Fort was in friendly territory, playing at hometown course Karsten Creek.
But that doesn't mean the course was familiar. In fact, Fort had never played it until Friday.
“It was great,” he said of the chance to play at Oklahoma State's home course. “If you're a guy from Stillwater, this is where you want to come play, because it is the place of golf.”
Fort fought through a stress fracture in his left foot to finish Day 1 with a 33-over 177. He called the second round “a struggle” but felt he learned plenty about Karsten Creek that he can use during Tuesday's final round.
“You kind of just have to survive the front nine,” he said. “The 7-8-9 are brutally tough holes. You've just got to get through those tough holes, and then it opens up on the back a little bit.
“Definitely (have to) keep it below the hole. There are a few holes where I went for a shot here or there that I probably shouldn't have. Certain shots can compound really badly on you here at this course. One can just stack on top of another on top of another.”