Tour Championship R3

Dustin Johnson takes 5-shot lead

September 04-07
East Lake GC, Atlanta, Georgia
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4




Dustin Johnson looks set to win the Tour Championship after a 6-under round of 64 catapulted him five shots clear at East Lake.


Johnson had a single bogey at 11 but recovered quickly and fired three birdies in his last seven holes to match the best score of the day. Crucially he hit all but three fairways after struggling in earlier rounds and was putting for birdies on all but three holes.

Johnson credits his lead to a post-round session with his swing coach Claude Harmon III on Saturday.



“I felt like I was swinging well. It was just a little bit off, then obviously just the setup was just a hair off. What was happening is I was just hitting the driver a little bit towards the toe, and obviously when you hit it off the toe, it does not like to cut. That was really all we did was just fix the setup a little bit.”

Johnson knows it’s not over yet however, he’s had an impressive lead heading into the final day before, only to stumble at the end. He had a 6-shot lead in Shanghai three years ago and missed his opportunity. He also had a 5-shot lead at the Northern Trust two weeks ago and won by 11.


”He’s showcased what he can do,” said Xander Schauffele. ”If he does what he normally does, it’s going to be almost impossible to catch him.”

Schauffele and Justin Thomas are tied in second place at 14-under.

”DJ is clearly playing well. It wasn’t easy today,” said Thomas. ”It’s still East Lake. But anything can happen around this course. You can shoot 63 or 64 and you can shoot 73 or 74 very easily. I just need to hope that tomorrow is my 63 or 64.”



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Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Dustin Johnson
-19
67
70
64
137
T2
Xander Schauffele
-14
67
65
67
199
T2
Justin Thomas
-14
66
71
66
203
4
Jon Rahm
-13
65
74
66
205
5
Collin Morikawa
-12
71
65
67
203
T6
Daniel Berger
-10
69
71
64
204
T6
Sungjae Im
-10
68
64
72
132
8
Scottie Scheffler
-9
71
66
66
203
T9
Tyrrell Hatton
-8
67
66
71
204
T9
Rory McIlroy
-8
64
71
70
205
T9
Brendon Todd
-8
67
68
70
205
T12
Abraham Ancer
-7
64
71
69
204
T12
Tony Finau
-7
68
71
66
205
T12
Lanto Griffin
-7
67
69
69
205
T12
Hideki Matsuyama
-7
70
70
67
207
T12
Sebastián Muñoz
-7
71
65
70
206
T12
Webb Simpson
-7
70
71
68
209
T18
Harris English
-6
70
69
69
208
T18
Patrick Reed
-6
71
66
70
207
20
Mackenzie Hughes
-5
70
69
66
205
T21
Bryson DeChambeau
-4
72
69
69
210
T21
Viktor Hovland
-4
69
69
68
206
23
Kevin Kisner
-2
72
68
69
209
T24
Cameron Champ
-1
68
71
70
209
T24
Kevin Na
-1
69
70
71
210
T24
Joaquin Niemann
-1
72
72
67
211
T24
Cameron Smith
-1
68
68
73
209
T28
Marc Leishman
3
66
75
73
214
T28
Ryan Palmer
3
72
72
70
214
30
Billy Horschel
4
70
73
71
214
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