Johnson the man to catch at HSBC Champions

Dustin Johnson heads into penultimate round with six shots advantage after scoring four-under-par 68 in round 3. S.S.P. Chawrasia ties at T33.

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Dustin Johnson

Oct 28, 2017: World number one Dustin Johnson of the United States remains the player to beat after he extended his advantage to six shots over close friend Brooks Koepka with a third round four-under-par 68 at the WGC-HSBC Champions on Saturday.

India’s S.S.P Chawrasia shot four birdies and two bogies with a triple bogie to finish with one-over-par 73. Chawrasia tie at T33 with a total score of one-under-par 215 after third round.

Starting the day with a one-shot lead, Johnson would cap off another commanding performance with his three-day total of 17-under-par 199 on a wind-swept day at the Sheshan International Golf Club.

 ”I would much rather win by a large margin, any day.” – Dustin Johnson

“Today was a tough day with the wind. I felt like I played really, really well. You know, had a double-bogey on 10 but I actually hit a really good drive right down the right side of the fairway and landed on the cart path and went straight right into the bushes. But other than that, it was a really solid day. I hit a lot of good drives and a lot of good iron shots. Especially with the windy conditions. I’m not going to change anything. Same game plan. You know, play the golf course just how I’ve been playing it.These are big events, some of our biggest events we have on TOUR. Obviously the best players in the world are here. These are golf tournaments that I obviously always want to put myself in position to win, which I’m in a good position going into tomorrow. But I’m still going to have to go out and play a really solid round if I want to get it done. I would much rather win by a large margin, any day”, said Johnson.

Koepka’s title ambitions took a dent when he mixed his card with five birdies, three bogeys and a triple-bogey for a 73. The 2017 U.S. Open winner, who took the first round lead, will start his final round in second place while Olympics Silver Medalist Henrik Stenson of Sweden will begin his in third place after signing for a 69.

Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat had a day to forget when he returned with a 75 having started the day in tied-third place. Compatriot Poom Saksansin, on the other hand, enjoyed his best round so far with a 68 that moved him into a share of 15th place.

Malaysia’s Gavin Green, Asian Tour current Order of Merit leader, signed for a 73 that placed him in equal 21st place.

 

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