By petedirenzo
Friday, February 04, 2011

Dustin-johnson D.J.'s Hot RoundWith temperatures barely above freezing for most of the day at TPC Scottsdale, the only person who was probably bummed to head inside was Dustin Johnson. After a par on the first hole, Johnson made four straight birdies before the first round was suspended due to darkness. With another long frost delay expected Friday morning, can Johnson come out and continue his hot round in cool conditions?
Don't be surprised if Johnson keeps going low. He had two wins last season -- plus close calls in two majors -- and Johnson has already recorded two top 10s in his first two starts. With his length off the tee, Johnson will have no problem reaching the par 5s in two. He's also worked hard on his wedge game in the offseason to take better advantage of his booming drives. The ... Rest of the First RoundWith the frost delay Thursday morning, the "afternoon" wave of players barely started their first rounds when play was suspended. In addition to Johnson's hot round, Anthony Kim (even through 5), Freddie Couples (even through 5), J.B. Holmes (2 under through 4), Geoff Ogilvy (1 under through 6) and Hunter Mahan (even through 5) still have plenty of holes left to play. The ForecastThere's a couple of feet of snow outside my apartment, so I have no sympathy for the pros out in Scottsdale. However, I know it's no fun to play in 40-degree weather. The good news is the forecast looks great for the weekend. The bad news is there is a freeze warning for Friday morning. More than likely, play will be delayed again. Depending on how long the delay is, there could be another 36-hole final like we saw at the Sony Open. More from the Phoenix Open: Scores | Photos | TV Schedule | Guide to Scottsdale (Photo: Gergory Bull/AP)

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