Masters Leaderboard: Dustin Johnson in Prime Position to Win 2013 Masters

Seph AndersonCorrespondent IIIApril 11, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 11:  Dustin Johnson of the United States lines up a putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Dustin Johnson is in perfect position to win the 2013 Masters Tournament.

By firing a five-under 66 in Round 1 on Thursday, the 28-year-old is only one shot behind leaders Marc Leishman and Sergio Garcia at six under.

While Johnson shot under 70 for only the second time ever in Round 1 at Augusta National, there's ample reason to believe the long-ball hitter can find similar success in Round 2.

After Augusta National is soaked by rain and thunderstorms Thursday evening, Johnson should benefit from a 9:50 a.m. ET tee time on Friday. For a player as long as he is, having rain-soaked greens to fire into during Round 2 should bode quite well for Johnson.

Ranked No.5 on the PGA Tour in driving distance this year, averaging 303.5 yards per drive, he should have an obvious advantage in Round 2 under conditions that should reduce fairway rolls.

The young American has shot rounds of 68, 72 and 70 in his past three Fridays at the Masters. If that trend continues tomorrow, Johnson would be no worse than minus-five heading into the weekend.

As good as Johnson has been in Round 2 at the Masters, he currently ranks No. 144 in third-round scoring average on the PGA Tour this season. That being the case, it would behoove Johnson to shoot at least one or two under in Round 2 to put himself in that much better of a position ahead of Saturday.

Despite seven career wins on the PGA Tour, including a season-opening win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the youngster is still chasing his first major championship victory.

However, all of that may soon change at the 2013 Masters.

With a solid Round 2 performance, Johnson can set himself up perfectly to be in the thick of things on Sunday afternoon at Augusta National.

Who wouldn't like to see the golfer's girlfriend, Paulina Gretzky, in Butler Cabin Sunday evening?