US PGA Championship day three: Johnson eyes redemption
A decade after controversially being denied a play-off place in the US PGA Championship, Dustin Johnson has his sights set on a redemptive victory and second major title in San Francisco.
Johnson fired eight birdies in a third round of 65 at Harding Park to finish nine under par and hold a one-shot lead over compatriots Cameron Champ and Scottie Scheffler.
Defending champion Brooks Koepka, who is seeking an historic third straight victory in the event, is two shots off the pace alongside Collin Morikawa and England’s Paul Casey, with Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood part of a six-strong group on six under.
The top 17 names on the leaderboard are separated by just four shots in what promises to be a thrilling conclusion to the first major championship in 13 months.
Tweet of the day
Four-time major winner Brooks Koepka had no qualms about poking fun about 54-hole leader and 2016 US Open winner Dustin Johnson.
Quote of the day
“I’m not going to do anything different to prepare but we’ve got nothing to watch on TV because we were watching The Last Dance and we finished it” – Paul Casey when asked how he will prepare for Sunday’s final round.
Shot of the day
Bryson DeChambeau would have been happy to two-putt from the front edge of the 18th green, but holed from 95 feet for the most unlikely of birdies.
Round of the day
Dustin Johnson, Scottie Scheffler and Collin Morikawa all shot 65 on Saturday, but only Johnson did so with a double bogey on his card.
Statistic of the day
Johnson’s putting is not always his strongest suit, but that was not the case in round three.
On the up
The chances of a first English winner since 1919 with Paul Casey, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood all in contention.
On the slide
The chances of Li Haotong becoming the first Chinese player to win a men’s major title after a third round of 73 left him four off the lead.
Martin Laird on tail of leader Corey Conners at Bay Hill
The Scot, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2011, is one shot off the lead at halfway.
In-form Viktor Hovland impresses again on day two of Arnold Palmer Invitational
Hovland has finished no worse than sixth in his last four starts.
Rory McIlroy taking Tiger Woods’ approach as he makes superb start at Bay Hill
The 2018 champion shot an opening 66 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational
Rory McIlroy shoots 66 to set the early pace in the Arnold Palmer Invitational
McIlroy fired seven birdies, including five in a row on his back nine.
Tyrrell Hatton on AP Invitational defence: ‘It’s a huge moment for me in my career’
The Englishman is preparing for his first ever defence on the PGA Tour.
Rory McIlroy looks to continue his good record at the Arnold Palmer Invitational
The 31-year-old is a past winner at Bay Hill.
Jordan Spieth can see similarities between his game and Tyrell Hatton’s
Hatton will defend his Arnold Palmer Invitational title this week.
Police execute search warrant to access data in ‘black box’ of Tiger Woods’ car
Police have not, however, served a warrant to obtain a sample of the former world number one’s blood from him or the hospital.
Tiger Woods grateful for ‘touching’ gesture as players wear red and black
“It’s just a gesture to let him know we’re thinking about him and we’re rooting for him,” said Rory McIlroy.
Collin Morikawa pays fitting tribute to Tiger Woods with victory in Florida
Morikawa carded a closing 69 at The Concession Golf Club to finish 18 under par.