Dustin Johnson Takes One Stroke Lead Into PGA Final Round

Could DJ win his second Major tonight? He has put himself in the perfect position

Dustin Johnson Takes One Stroke Lead Into PGA Final Round
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Could DJ win his second Major tonight? He has put himself in the perfect position

Dustin Johnson Takes One Stroke Lead Into PGA Final Round

Dustin Johnson birdied four of his final five holes to take a one stroke lead into the final round at the PGA Championship.

The American made eight birdies in a five under par 65 to reach nine under.

This will be his fourth 54-hole lead in a Major, having failed to convert his three leads at the 2010, 2015 and 2018 US Open.

The 2016 US Open winner will play with Scottie Scheffler (-8) in the final group, with Brooks Koepka just two back at seven under.

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DJ putted the lights out in the third round, making over 140ft of putts and taking just 24 for 18 holes.

He eads the field in Strokes Gained: Putting (6.705) and eight birdies is his most ever in a Major round.

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"Well, those [missed Major chances], I was definitely younger. I have been out here a while now. I've been in contention a lot, and I've got it done a lot of times," DJ said.

"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 tomorrow, I'm going to have a good chance coming down the stretch on the back nine."

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Double-defending champion Brooks Koepka could become the first man since 1956 to win the same Major in three consecutive years.

Koepka is just two back heading into the final round thanks to two birdies in his final three holes.

"I mean, I like my chances. When I've been in this position before, I've capitalised. I don't know, he's [Dustin Johnson] only won one. I'm playing good. I don't know, we'll see," the four-time Major winner.

Whatever happens in the final round, it looks likely to be entertaining.

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The course is toughening up and there are 17 players within four shots of the lead.

Youngsters Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Champ are both just one back at eight under, with Scheffler playing in the final group with DJ seeking his first ever PGA Tour win, let alone a Major.

There are also very decent chances of a first English Major winner since 2013 with Paul Casey two back at seven under and both Rose and Fleetwood three back at six under.

Also at six under includes Bryson DeChambeau, who is seeking his first Major, as well as Jason Day, Tony Finau and Daniel Berger.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

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3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5