It looks like Dustin Johnson is about to cut into Tiger Woods’ large lead of victories in World Golf Championships as he takes a six-stroke lead into a final turn in China after sharpened a 68 in Round 3 during a HSBC Champions. Johnson is adult 6 on Brooks Koepka and 7 on Henrik Stenson. He’ll be interconnected with Koepka on Sunday only like he was on Saturday.
One of my favorite stats in all of golf involves Woods and WGCs. Big Cat won a boatload of a large income events, so many that it looks reduction approaching that someone will locate his WGC sum than that someone will locate Jack Nicklaus’ vital championship sum of 18. Here is how a WGC competition stands right now before a final turn of a 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions.
- Tiger Woods: 18
- Dustin Johnson: 5
- Geoff Ogilvy: 3
- Nine players: 2
Johnson started his third turn with a spook and non-stop his behind 9 with a double, though he had 7 birdies sprinkled in around those dual gaffes. His 68 tied for best turn of a day only 24 hours after he had a best measure in Round 2 by 4 strokes. He does not demeanour like a golfer who’s going to get caught.
Koepka and Johnson were indeed tied on a 8th tee during 15 under, though Koepka done a triple and 3 some-more bogeys entrance home to tumble off a pace.
“I don’t know what happened from 8 on,” pronounced Koepka. “It was kind of unequivocally unsatisfactory — unequivocally blah. we didn’t unequivocally make any putts, like those movement putts. we didn’t make one of those. Just [have to] play good tomorrow. Make a few putts. Get off to a good start again. I’m removing off to a good start. It’s only kind of a center widen where we kind of stalled a small bit. Just got to scold that.”
Johnson, who birdied No. 8 pronounced he wasn’t too disturbed about what was bum Koepka.
“When we’re on a golf course, I’m not disturbed about what anyone else is doing,” pronounced Johnson. “I’ve got adequate to worry about with only myself. So it kind of tough to worry about what anyone else is doing. Yeah, it was apparently a flattering large change there. we mean, it was a four-shot pitch between me and Brooks. It was really a branch indicate in a turn for me to take a lead or get a bigger lead.”
Wind is approaching in Shanghai for Round 4, that means that Johnson should be means to fire a mistake-free 71 or 72 and win sincerely comfortably. He supposing a bit of indication for that devise on Saturday as he laid adult on a 18th hole for par.
Don’t design that all day in Round 4, though do design Johnson to cut into Woods’ large WGC lead. He can get one-third of a approach there with a win in China on Sunday, and in a routine he can extend a crazy WGC strain he and Hideki Matsuyama have going on. Those dual have won any of a final 5 WGC events dating behind to a 2016 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. That series should be 6 forward of a 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship.
For Johnson on Sunday, as is customarily a case, a simplest track between dual points will approaching be a best. He knows that, and he knows that everybody else knows that, too.
“Tomorrow, going in, I’m not going to change anything,” he said. “Same diversion plan. You know, play a golf march only how I’ve been personification it.”
After a 68-63-68 start, that seems like it will be plenty.