Johnson, Thomas eye second major wins at Masters

AUGUSTA, UNITED STATES (AFP) – World number one Dustin Johnson and third-ranked Justin Thomas figure it might take an unusual approach to win the Masters, playing aggressive and tossing out what might normally work.

The United States (US) duo shared the clubhouse lead on nine-under par 135 with Australian Cameron Smith and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer in the second round with 48 golfers still to finish.

Each player hopes to win the green jacket symbolic of Masters supremacy for a second major crown, Johnson after his 2016 US Open title and Thomas after his 2017 PGA Championship victory.

Thomas has watched shots do unexpected things this week, a mix of rain-softened conditions and autumn weather requiring some adaptation from lessons learned over time at Augusta National.

“It’s a lot softer and a lot more scorable, but it really has just come down to executing a little bit better and minimising the mistakes,” Thomas said.

Johnson, trying to become the first top-ranked Masters winner since Tiger Woods in 2002, is happy with his shotmaking but figures he must keep an attacking mindset even as the course becomes firmer after showers early in the week.