Johnson plays like No. 1 and seizes control at Masters


Agastya, Ga. (AP) – Dustin Johnson started his attack on the August Nationals with a 5-iron for the Tap-in Eagles, and he never played until he matched a 54-hole record at the Masters and led by a four-shot Did not trust. Putting yourself in a prominent position for another major.

Johnson has previously held the position, and he plans to lean on his experience.

Not 82 since he shot at the 2010 US Open on Pebble Beach. The 12-foot by 18-foot green is not the three-putt that cost him at Chambers Bay. Not even a one-shot lead he lost to Harding Park three months ago. They were in the middle of four bars, they had a large section with at least 54 holes, without converting.

He is talking about the last three days at Augusta National. It has been a great performance.

“If I can play like today, I think it will break that streak,” Johnson said on Saturday. “Tomorrow, it’s just 18 holes of golf. I need to go out and play solid. I think I’m swinging really well. If I can just keep giving myself a lot on Birdie, So I think I will have a great day. “

The third round, which began with 10 players separated by one shot, turned into a one-man show.

The No. 1 player in the world watched every stretch with a 7-under 65, away with the Eagles and two birdies in the opening four holes, almost crossing a keel from the seventh fairway, while handling a back-to-back nine. The last 30 holes are going with two cystic birds and one without a bogey.

He was at 16-under 200, matching the 54-hole record Jordan Spieth set in 2015 when he won the Masters by four shots over Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose.

Challenging artists are not nearly as experienced.

Two of them are masters crooks. South Korea’s supreme ball-striker Sungje Im, who won his first PGA Tour title two weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic golf closed in the spring, was the last hole for the 68. Abraham Aniser of Mexico saved the par in the 18th. A 69.

Joining him in the 12-under 204 was Cameron Smith of Australia, who had 12 straight pars before running from three straight birdies and then closed with 69 for three scratching pars.

“He’s been there many times before, and No. 1 in the world,” said Aniser. “I think that’s where he wants to be. We know we have to go short, and that’s it. It’s very simple. If the DJ goes out there and plays really solid like today, he’s It is very impossible to catch. Whatever is to be done is to be very special. “

Still, Johnson is under tremendous pressure due to his history. He has not converted two 54-hole leads, nor has he won in two majors, where he has shared a 54-hole lead. Their only major was the 2016 US Open when they trailed by four shots at Oakmont.

“Anyone with a four-shot lead is expected to win,” Smith said. “A lot of boys are going to be firing tomorrow.”

Attacking the flag that Augusta National has allowed in November, earlier in the week, rains and hot, calm conditions have made the turf soft and weak.

Johnson, who had to pull out of two tournaments a month ago after testing positive for the coronovirus, still came to the Masters having won twice, finished runner-up three times and finished sixth at the US Open.

He said, “I am very comfortable with the lead tomorrow. I have been in this situation many times, ”Johnson said. “I am waiting for the challenge. It is still going to be a difficult day. If I want to achieve it, I have to play well.

Justin Thomas and John Rahm only had their chances to make mistakes. Rahm topped his second shot at par-5, for which he was credited with slamming his golf ball into the bushes from a tree next to him and on his way to a double bogey.

Thomas poured his second shot into the 15th green and into the water, making the bogey at par 5, where he hoped to field. Both of them put bogeys in the 18th hole. Thomas scored 71, Rahm scored 72.

Asked to describe his day, Rahm did not mimic words.

“Really? How would I describe? Awful,” he said.

The start time for the final round is over by 3pm so that CBS can honor its NFL contract, and it will be out of both tees. And like all weeks, and all year, there will be no roar to add to the pressure.

“Unfortunately for all of us, chasing DJs is no fan or to make that moment even harder, to have nightingale, to be adrenaline, to put a little more pressure on it that won’t happen this year.” Thomas said.

Defending champion Tiger Woods will stick around to present the Green Jackets on Sunday, and will only have to go to Augusta National until he returns.

Woods was under 4 of 10 holes to start the Masters, and he picked up just one more shot in the next 44 holes. He scored 71 in the second round on Saturday morning, 72 runs in the third round and 11 shots behind.

US Open champion Bryson DeCambo had a sore throat. He felt so awkward on Thursday night that he had another COVID-19 test to be sure – it came negative – and this Masters’ favorite favorite was in the middle of the pack, 13 shots behind.

Scoring remained low throughout the week. The 36-hole cut was also at the same level on Saturday morning, the lowest in Masters history, another update to the club’s record book.

Johnson still has a chance to make a 72-hole record. All he cares about is a green jacket, and looking at his past experience, he knows better to look forward.

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