US PGA Championship R3

Dustin Johnson eyes US PGA redemption

August 06-09
TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California
$11,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


US PGA Championship R3 - Dustin Johnson eyes US PGA redemption
Dustin Johnson on the 14th. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


A decade after controversially being denied a play-off place in the US PGA Championship, Dustin Johnson has his sights on a redemptive victory and second major title in San Francisco.


Johnson fired eight birdies in a third round of five-under 65 at Harding Park to finish the day at nine under par, holding a one-shot lead over fellow Americans 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.

“I’ve been in contention a lot and I’ve got it done a lot of times,” said Johnson, who finished second behind Koepka last year. “Tomorrow, it’s no different. I’m going to have to play good golf if I want to win.


“It’s simple. I’ve got to hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. If I can do that I’m going to have a good chance coming down the stretch on the back nine.

“Just take what the golf course gives me and just keep on going because it doesn’t really matter what other guys are doing. All I can control is myself.”

Controlling himself in the final round of majors has been a problem for Johnson before, most notably when he took a three-shot lead into the final round of the US Open at Pebble Beach in 2010 but collapsed to a closing 82.



Two months later, Johnson held a one-shot lead with one to play in the 2010 US PGA at Whistling Straits, but bogeyed the final hole and was then assessed a two-shot penalty for grounding his club in a bunker on the 72nd hole.

Johnson admitted grounding his club, but said he did not know that the sandy waste area from which he played his second shot was deemed to be a bunker.

In 2015, the US Open slipped out of Johnson’s grasp once more when he three-putted from 12 feet on the 72nd hole to finish a shot behind Jordan Spieth, but he finally broke his major duck in the same tournament the following year at Oakmont, despite a penalty for causing his ball to move on the fifth green in the final round.



Koepka’s hopes of victory were fading fast when he followed a brilliant birdie on the 12th with three straight bogeys, but the four-time major winner rallied to birdie two of his last three holes.

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Casey, who holed out from a bunker on the eighth on his way to a controlled 68, is seeking to break his major duck at the age of 43.

“I’ve been on Tour for a long time and I obviously would desperately love to add a major to the CV and I’ve had my chances, but I feel incredibly relaxed,” Casey said.

“I have nothing to prove, there’s a great leaderboard that I’m part of with major champions and almost rookies so to speak with the young guys, and we’ve still got an awful lot of golf to play.”

Halfway leader Li Haotong was unlucky to lose a ball in a tree on the 13th hole on his way to a 73 that left him four off the lead, while Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm are six behind Johnson following rounds of 66 and 68 respectively.

US PGA Championship R3 - Dustin Johnson eyes US PGA redemption
Rory McIlroy on the fourth. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


Open champion Shane Lowry shot 69 to lie eight shots off the lead, with Rory McIlroy a shot further back following a 71.

Tiger Woods finished his round with a flourish but was unable to rescue his chances of claiming a fifth US PGA title as he slipped to two over par.

Woods had characteristically not given up hope of adding to his tally of 15 majors at Harding Park, where he won the WGC-American Express Championship in 2005 and compiled a perfect 5-0 record in the 2009 Presidents Cup.

However, the 44-year-old could only card a third round of 72 – made more respectable by birdies on the 16th and 18th – after he had threatened to compile his first round without a birdie in a major since an opening 74 in the 2010 US Open.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Dustin Johnson
-9
69
67
65
201
T2
Cameron Champ
-8
71
64
67
202
T2
Scottie Scheffler
-8
66
71
65
202
T4
Paul Casey
-7
68
67
68
203
T4
Brooks Koepka
-7
66
68
69
203
T4
Collin Morikawa
-7
69
69
65
203
T7
Daniel Berger
-6
67
67
70
204
T7
Jason Day
-6
65
69
70
204
T7
Bryson DeChambeau
-6
68
70
66
204
T7
Tony Finau
-6
67
70
67
204
T7
Tommy Fleetwood
-6
70
64
70
204
T7
Justin Rose
-6
66
68
70
204
T13
Joel Dahmen
-5
69
68
68
205
T13
Si Woo Kim
-5
69
68
68
205
T13
Haotong Li
-5
67
65
73
205
T13
Xander Schauffele
-5
66
70
69
205
T13
Matthew Wolff
-5
69
68
68
205
T18
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-4
66
68
72
206
T18
Hideki Matsuyama
-4
70
67
69
206
T18
Bernd Wiesberger
-4
68
68
70
206
T21
Patrick Cantlay
-3
73
68
66
207
T21
Dylan Frittelli
-3
70
67
70
207
T21
Lanto Griffin
-3
68
68
71
207
T21
Ian Poulter
-3
73
68
66
207
T21
Jon Rahm
-3
70
69
68
207
T21
Patrick Reed
-3
68
70
69
207
T21
Webb Simpson
-3
71
68
68
207
T21
Brendon Todd
-3
65
70
72
207
T21
Harold Varner III
-3
72
66
69
207
T30
Kevin Kisner
-2
67
73
68
208
T30
Keith Mitchell
-2
68
72
68
208
T30
Victor Perez
-2
70
69
69
208
T30
Adam Scott
-2
68
70
70
208
T34
Harris English
-1
69
71
69
209
T34
Adam Hadwin
-1
68
71
70
209
T34
Nate Lashley
-1
69
70
70
209
T34
Shane Lowry
-1
68
72
69
209
T34
Denny McCarthy
-1
70
69
70
209
T34
Alex Noren
-1
67
69
73
209
T34
Charl Schwartzel
-1
73
68
68
209
T34
Brendan Steele
-1
66
71
72
209
T34
Justin Thomas
-1
71
70
68
209
T43
Bud Cauley
E
66
71
73
210
T43
Emiliano Grillo
E
70
70
70
210
T43
Brian Harman
E
68
71
71
210
T43
Mackenzie Hughes
E
73
68
69
210
T43
Kurt Kitayama
E
68
72
70
210
T43
Rory McIlroy
E
70
69
71
210
T43
Doc Redman
E
73
67
70
210
T43
Cameron Smith
E
71
69
70
210
T43
Brandt Snedeker
E
72
66
72
210
T52
Abraham Ancer
1
69
70
72
211
T52
Russell Henley
1
71
69
71
211
T52
Billy Horschel
1
69
71
71
211
T52
Mark Hubbard
1
70
71
70
211
T52
Luke List
1
72
69
70
211
T52
Phil Mickelson
1
72
69
70
211
T52
Louis Oosthuizen
1
70
71
70
211
T59
Byeong Hun An
2
72
69
71
212
T59
Jim Herman
2
71
69
72
212
T59
Tom Hoge
2
72
68
72
212
T59
Viktor Hovland
2
68
71
73
212
T59
Joost Luiten
2
71
68
73
212
T59
Sepp Straka
2
70
71
71
212
T59
Kevin Streelman
2
69
70
73
212
T59
Gary Woodland
2
67
72
73
212
T59
Tiger Woods
2
68
72
72
212
T68
Adam Long
3
73
68
72
213
T68
Rory Sabbatini
3
71
70
72
213
T70
Danny Lee
4
69
71
74
214
T70
Robert MacIntyre
4
73
67
74
214
T70
Bubba Watson
4
70
71
73
214
T73
Matt Wallace
5
71
70
74
215
T73
Erik van Rooyen
5
71
70
74
215
T75
Ryan Palmer
6
74
66
76
216
T75
J.T. Poston
6
67
74
75
216
T75
Chez Reavie
6
71
70
75
216
T78
Sung Kang
7
70
71
76
217
T78
Jordan Spieth
7
73
68
76
217
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
2
72
70
142
CUT
Jason Dufner
2
70
72
142
CUT
Rickie Fowler
2
73
69
142
CUT
Jim Furyk
2
71
71
142
CUT
Talor Gooch
2
71
71
142
CUT
Ryo Ishikawa
2
72
70
142
CUT
Zach Johnson
2
66
76
142
CUT
Chan Kim
2
72
70
142
CUT
Marc Leishman
2
70
72
142
CUT
Shaun Norris
2
69
73
142
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
2
72
70
142
CUT
Henrik Stenson
2
70
72
142
CUT
Lucas Glover
3
71
72
143
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
3
72
71
143
CUT
Lucas Herbert
3
73
70
143
CUT
Jason Kokrak
3
69
74
143
CUT
Matt Kuchar
3
71
72
143
CUT
Andrew Landry
3
74
69
143
CUT
Tom Lewis
3
67
76
143
CUT
Sebastián Muñoz
3
71
72
143
CUT
Kevin Na
3
70
73
143
CUT
Steve Stricker
3
72
71
143
CUT
Michael Thompson
3
71
72
143
CUT
Richy Werenski
3
71
72
143
CUT
Xinjun Zhang
3
72
71
143
CUT
Alex Beach
4
73
71
144
CUT
Wyndham Clark
4
71
73
144
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
4
74
70
144
CUT
Sungjae Im
4
73
71
144
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
4
75
69
144
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
4
72
72
144
CUT
Scott Piercy
4
70
74
144
CUT
Keegan Bradley
5
73
72
145
CUT
Corey Conners
5
69
76
145
CUT
Tyler Duncan
5
74
71
145
CUT
Max Homa
5
74
71
145
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
5
74
71
145
CUT
Matt Jones
5
70
75
145
CUT
Troy Merritt
5
73
72
145
CUT
Matthias Schwab
5
69
76
145
CUT
Brian Stuard
5
72
73
145
CUT
Ben Cook
6
71
75
146
CUT
Sergio Garcia
6
73
73
146
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
6
75
71
146
CUT
Graeme McDowell
6
72
74
146
CUT
Andrew Putnam
6
73
73
146
CUT
Bob Sowards
6
71
75
146
CUT
Joohyung Kim
7
70
77
147
CUT
Rob Labritz
7
71
76
147
CUT
David Muttitt
7
72
75
147
CUT
Jimmy Walker
7
73
74
147
CUT
Danny Willett
7
75
72
147
CUT
Rafa Cabrera Bello
8
72
76
148
CUT
Jason Caron
8
76
72
148
CUT
Martin Kaymer
8
66
82
148
CUT
John O’leary
8
75
73
148
CUT
Mike Auterson
9
75
74
149
CUT
Davis Love III
9
73
76
149
CUT
Shaun Micheel
9
72
77
149
CUT
J.R. Roth
9
74
75
149
CUT
Nick Taylor
9
76
73
149
CUT
Daniel Balin
10
74
76
150
CUT
Richard Berberian Jr.
10
76
74
150
CUT
Marty Jertson
10
74
76
150
CUT
Ryan Vermeer
10
79
71
150
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
11
74
77
151
CUT
Ken Tanigawa
11
78
73
151
CUT
Shawn Warren
11
78
73
151
CUT
Justin Bertsch
13
78
75
153
CUT
Jorge Campillo
14
74
80
154
CUT
Jeff Hart
14
77
77
154
CUT
Rich Beem
15
80
75
155
CUT
Rod Perry
16
75
81
156
CUT
Alex Knoll
17
77
80
157
CUT
Judd Gibb
21
77
84
161
CUT
Zach J. Johnson
21
82
79
161
DQ
Cameron Tringale
E