WGC-HSBC Champions: Dustin Johnson leads by six after third round

Dustin Johnson

 

Dustin began the third round with a one shot lead over Brooks Koepka and extended that lead to six after 54 holes of the WGC-HSBC Champions.

The World No. 1 player showed the dominating play we saw earlier this year before he suffered an injury before the Masters.

Johnson had seven birdies, one bogey, and one double bogey on his way to a four-under 68. With rounds of 68,63, and 68, Johnson is 17-under.

Brooks Koepka who started the round one back of Johnson had an up and down day, finishing the round with a bogey on 18 for a one-over 73. With rounds of 64, 68, and 73, he is 11-under headed to the final round, six back of the lead.

Henrik Stenson is seven back at 10-under par.

Patrick Reed who opened with a first round 66 had a bizarre round shooting a 10-over 82. Reed had four double bogeys, and two 7’s as he struggled in the third round. He is two-over par with one round to play. He started the third round 8-under in in 5th place.

Johnson’s win at the Dell Technologies Match Play also made him the first player to win each of the four World Golf Championships events, completing the ‘WGC Slam’. Johnson’s five WGC victories are the HSBC Champions (2013), the Mexico Championship (2015), the Bridgestone Invitational (2016), the Mexico Championship (2017) and Dell Match Play Championship (2017).

A win for Johnson, 33, would come in his first start of the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season and would extend his streak to having at least one event in 11 consecutive seasons, dating back to his rookie season in 2008, the longest active streak on TOUR.

Johnson has seven victories since the start of the 2015-16 season and hasn’t missed more than 4 cuts in a season since 2008.

“It’s a golf course that I enjoy playing. It suits my eye very well. It’s still, though, you’ve got to drive it well. For me, if I drive it good out here, I feel like I can make a lot of birdies. The par 5s, I can reach all the par 5s if I drive it in the fairway. You know, so those are where I’ve got to attack those. The rest of the holes, I feel like if I’m in the fairway, I can attack the golf course”, said Johnson.

 

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