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Johnson parlays recon of Bellerive into sharp PGA start

Only two players made the side trip to Bellerive Country Club last week to check out the site of the PGA Championship, squeezing in a quick practice round before the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

Zach Johnson thought it benefited him.

Phil Mickelson might have been better off staying at home.

Johnson opened with four-under 66 on Thursday to sit two shots off the lead, a solid start by the two-time major winner on a brutish course that doesn't necessarily suit him. Johnson is hardly one of the big hitters in the field, relying instead on steady iron play and guile around the greens, yet he managed to get around the old-school layout in fine...