JOHNSON SIX SHOTS BEHIND ENTERING FINAL ROUND AT THE OPEN
Written by Mike McAllister
Dustin Johnson enters Sunday’s final round of the 150th Open Championship six shots off the pace as he chase his third major win and first Claret Jug.
Johnson is solo seventh at 10 under through 54 holes and ranks as the top LIV Golf member on the leaderboard at St Andrews. Eleven LIV Golf players made the cut of the 24 in the field entering the final major of 2022.
Johnson, seeking his third major win, was 12 under through his first 10 holes. But during a four-hole stretch on the back nine, the 4 Aces GC captain suffered three bogeys to drop down the leaderboard. A birdie on the last hole left him with a 1-under 71.
Viktor Hovland and Rory McIlroy are the 54-hole co-leaders at 16 under.
Bryson DeChambeau is the other LIV Golf member inside the top 20 entering Sunday. Thanks to a third-round 5-under 67, he’s at 6 under and in a six-way tie for 18th.
DeChambeau was a bogey-free 6-under on his round until he was derailed by a 4-putt double-bogey at the 16th.
“I’m going to go out there and work on that on the range and hopefully tidy it up,” DeChambeau said after his round, “ because the first few holes were awesome out here today.”
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Were it not for his struggles at the par-4 16th, DeChambeau would be higher up the leaderboard. The Crushers GC captain has gone bogey-bogey-double-bogey at the 16th in the first three rounds and has needed 9 putts on the hole. He’s 10 under for the other 17 holes.
Ian Poulter made some early noise with three birdies in his first seven holes before suffering three bogeys around the turn. He posted a 2-under 70 and is tied for 24th at 5 under.
Paul Casey had missed the previous three majors while battling back issues. This week, he’s a bogey-free 11 under on the front nine but 9 over on the back nine, leaving him at 2 under and tied for 55th.
Talor Gooch was 2 under on his round when he stepped onto the 14th tee. But he doubled the 14th after losing a tee shot to the right, then bogeyed the next three holes to shoot 75.
Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana had 15 pars, one bogey and one double before finishing with a birdie at the 18th. In shooting 74, he’s at 4 under and tied for 35th.