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.
European vice-captain Martin Kaymer will use role to test water for leadership
Kaymer and Graeme McDowell were appointed vice-captains on Wednesday.
Viktor Hovland eager to learn from Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia in Munich
Hovland withdrew from the US Open after getting sand in his eye during practice.
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McDowell was also a vice-captain under Thomas Bjorn for Europe’s victory at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018.
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The 32-year-old finished tied for seventh in San Diego.
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Rahm became the first Spanish player to lift the title.
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Rahm became the first Spanish player to lift the title and also returned to the top of the world rankings with the victory.
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Torrey Pines was also the location of the Spaniard’s first PGA Tour title in 2017 and his marriage proposal to his wife.
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McIlroy began the day two shots off the lead and succeeded in halving his deficit by the midway stage of an action-packed final round.