Dustin Johnson takes two-strokes lead at 16-under
Dustin Johnson took charge of the lead moving ahead from joint leaders from Friday Brian Harman and Marc Leishman with a round of seven-under 66 today consisting an eagle on the par-4 12th from 65 yards, six birdies, and a bogey par-3 11th, taking his total to 16-under 203.
Well, this is not the first time that DJ has taken a lead after 54 holes, and the question remains if he can hold on to the lead on Sunday and win it big here on the first event of 2018, Sentry Tournament of Champions. Johnson had previously taken a massive six-shot lead on Day 3 of the HSBC and later went on to shoot 5-over 77 on Sunday to lose by two strokes to Justin Rose.
“I don’t expect him to necessarily do that again. All the times that he’s been in a position to win and have a lead, he’s taken care of that pretty well,” Fowler said.
“D.J.’s a guy that forgets pretty quickly. I don’t think he remembers China. So that’s one of the reasons why he is the best player in the world right now. He quickly forgets, moves on.
“There’s not necessarily a weak part of his game, so I’m going to have to go play well if I want to go chase him down.”
When Johnson was asked if he had indeed forgotten – he claimed he had – until reminded of it by media as he finished his round.
“It was a long time ago. It’s a completely different golf course. It was, what, two months ago or something,” Johnson said.
“I’m going to try not to think about it tomorrow, hopefully, I won’t. But I just need to go out and play my game and just see what happens.”
With this now Johnson is two shots clear from Harman at 14-under 205 with a round of four-under 69 consisting an eagle on the par-5 5th, four birdies, and two consecutive bogeys on the third and fourth holes. Leishman led the field in the opening round and co-led the field on Friday, and lost his top spot with three-over 76 today for a T-12th finish on the board with a total score of seven-under 212, is joined by Si Woo Kim, Kevin Kisner, Patrick Cantlay, and Hideki Matsuyama.
Following Harman for the third position on the board is Jon Rahm who showed an improvement of seven spots from his Friday finish with a bogey-free round of seven-under 66, including an eagle on the par-5 15th, taking his total to 12-under 207, four shots behind the leader Dustin Johnson.
The defending champion Justin Thomas lost three spots more today for a 30th finish on the board at two-over 221, with a round of 2-over 75 again, which he posted even on Friday for a T-27th finish.