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.
Steve Stricker has no worries over Brooks Koepka ahead of the Ryder Cup
In an interview last week the four-time major champion said he finds the biennial event “tough, hectic and a bit odd”.
Shane Lowry keen for battle since watching Padraig Harrington at 2006 Ryder Cup
Fifteen years on he will be part of the European team attempting to retain the trophy at Whistling Straits.
Matt Fitzpatrick relishing hostile atmosphere awaiting Team Europe at Ryder Cup
The Sheffield-born player was just 22 during the last away contest at Hazeltine in 2016.
Vice-captain Graeme McDowell still has hopes of playing in another Ryder Cup
The Northern Irishman will be part of Europe’s bid to retain the trophy at Whistling Straits later this month.
Fleetwood ready to become villain of the piece as Europe bid to retain Ryder Cup
With coronavirus travel restrictions preventing large numbers of fans travelling, Padraig Harrington’s side are braced for a one-sided atmosphere.
Kristoffer Broberg ends ‘six years of hell’ with battling victory at Dutch Open
The Swede claimed his second European Tour title after finishing with a 72.
Ian Poulter: America’s rookies are in for nerve wracking Ryder Cup experience
Half of captain Steve Stricker’s side have never played in the biennial contest before.
McGinley wants Europe’s Ryder Cup players to forget about Koepka/DeChambeau feud
Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley believes attempting to make capital from the spat could backfire.
Kristoffer Broberg eight shots clear at Dutch Open
The 35-year-old secured the course record at Bernardus Golf.
Sergio Garcia feeling rested and ready for Ryder Cup after wild card ‘gamble’
The Spaniard has won 25.5 points at the Ryder Cup.