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Johnson not losing hope despite 8 shots behind

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Dustin Johnson hits out of the native area on the 14th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Dustin Johnson hits out of the native area on the 14th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
PINEHURST, N.C. -

Dustin Johnson never imagined he could be at 2-under par through 36 holes at a U.S. Open and be eight shots behind.

Johnson had another 69 on Friday, nowhere close to keeping up with the record score of Martin Kaymer, who was at 10-under 130. Even so, Johnson is not ready to concede anything at Pinehurst No. 2.

And he speaks from experience.

Johnson had a three-shot lead going into the final round at Pebble Beach in 2010. It was gone in two holes, and Johnson closed with an 82. He says anything can happen in a U.S. Open.

He says he's not about to change his strategy and play more aggressively just because he's eight shots behind going into the weekend.

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