Complete game gives Dustin Johnson third round lead at PGA Championship

Complete game gives Dustin Johnson third round lead at PGA Championship

Perhaps D.J. found the key to success: a yardage book is overrated. Koepka was 1 shot behind when he made a few careless mistakes, ran off three straight bogeys and had to birdie the 18th for a 69 to stay within 2 shots. Koepka has won four. If it was bothering him in the third round, it didn't show.

"I like my chances", said Koepka. "He's only won one".

"He has got the arsenal to take it low and play, but we don't see that kind of consistency out of him, and that probably matches his personality a little bit".

He had eight birdies in the round, which helped him forget a bogey on the fifth hole and a double on the ninth hole.

The PGA Championship might not normally be your first PGA betting major of the season, but it hasn't disappointed in the least. Cameron Champ, who has the most powerful swing on tour, shot 67 and joined Scheffler 1 shot behind. For all the chances he has had, this is only the second time he has led going into the final round of a major.

Koepka has indeed been here before, having come up just short of a third straight U.S. Open title at Pebble Beach a year ago.

Now he is more seasoned with experiences good (21 tour victories) and bad (five close calls in the majors). With a win, Koepka will become the first player to win three straight PGA Championships since Walter Hage won four in a row from 1924-27. "It's simple", Johnson said. "I'm trying to get my strength and endurance up to that ability to making sure that I can handle that type of workload. Unfortunately I didn't make enough birdies, and I'm not there with a chance come this afternoon". "Just get it done".

Paul Casey and 23-year-old Cal product Collin Morikawa also sit at 7-under alongside Koepka, while Tommy Fleetwood, Tony Finau, Bryson DeChambeau, Daniel Berger, Justin Rose and Jason Day all are within striking distance at 6-under-par.

Putting again proved a problem for Woods as he failed to make a birdie until the 16th hole.

Missing from all this action is Tiger Woods, who didn't make a birdie until the 16th hole and is out of the mix for the fourth straight major since his emotional Masters victory past year. But how can you not love DeChambeau as a live underdog play after his scintillating third-round 66, during which he connected on better than 64 percent of his fairways (an impressive feat given how narrow the landing strips are this week) and gained a whopping 5.1 shots with his putter?

Dustin Johnson has shaken off one of the roughest multi-week stretches of his PGA Tour career and carries a one-shot lead into what should be a wild final round at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

The surprise second-round leader, Li hung in beautifully for most of Saturday until his tee shot on the 13th hole seemingly got stuck in a Cypress tree, leading to a lost ball and a double-bogey 6.

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