Overnight leader Dustin Johnson (11/4 Fav – Outright Winner) says he is going to have to play “good golf” over the final 18 holes if he is going to come out on top in the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on Sunday evening.
It was an enthralling Saturday in San Francisco with several players jostling for position at the top of the leaderboard but it was Johnson, chasing his second Major trophy after his 2016 US Open win, that managed to climb to the summit on -9.
The former world number one made eight birdies, one bogey and a double-bogey to sign for a five-under-par round of 65 – the joint-lowest score of the day – to open up a narrow one-shot lead from Cameron Champ and Scottie Scheffler.
Collin Morikawa, Paul Casey and defending champion Brooks Koepka (9/2) are in a tie for fourth on -7, two strokes off the pace, while Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose (25/1), Tommy Fleetwood (18/1), Jason Day (20/1), Daniel Berger (20/1) and Tony Finau (30/1) are all on -6.
Haotong Li, who was the halfway leader, struggled to a three-over-par 73 and he has slipped down into a five-way tie for 13th on -5 alongside Joel Dahmen (100/1), Si Woo Kim (100/1), Matthew Wolff (70/1) and Xander Schauffele (40/1).
A thrilling final 18 holes are expected on Sunday as there are still a number of players in contention, and Johnson knows he will have be on song if he is going to lift The Wanamaker Trophy.
“I’ve been in contention a lot and I’ve got it done a lot of times. Tomorrow, it’s no different. I’m going to have to play good golf if I want to win,” he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. “It’s simple. I’ve got to hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens.
“If I can do that I’m going to have a good chance coming down the stretch on the back nine. Just take what the golf course gives me and just keep on going because it doesn’t really matter what other guys are doing. All I can control is myself.”