Johnson in driver’s seat after record-breaking day

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LONG AND SHORT OF IT

Johnson, the TOUR’s longest hitters, will be joined in Saturday’s final group by one of its shortest. Castro ranks 156th in driving distance with an average of 283.6 yards. That’s 30 yards shorter than Johnson, who leads the TOUR in that statistic.

Castro isn’t discouraged by the driving distance disparity.

“I think if you look at the TOUR, it sure helps to be long, but the guy who is striping it usually wins,” Castro said. “A couple of my best weeks have come on really long golf courses. … It always helps to be long, but really the best player that particular week will win.”

Castro has held his own at the 7,567-yard Crooked Stick. He’s made just one bogey – at the par-4 18th in the first round – through two rounds. His 15 birdies are tied for the most in the field.

He began the week at No. 53 in the FedExCup standings and needs at least a top-four finish to advance to East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. He lives 15 minutes from the course and went to school at nearby Georgia Tech.

He has one goal in mind: his first victory.

“You play great, get a chance to win, you have to finish it off,” said Castro, who lost a playoff to James Hahn at this year’s Wells Fargo Championship. “If you’re shooting for third or fourth, you’re probably not going to win.”

Johnson in driver’s seat after record-breaking day.

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