2020 Voyageur Championship Ranking, Takeout: Dustin Johnson Goes Round 3

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The move day to the Travelers Championship started early Saturday in Round 3 as tee times have been increased to avoid the afternoon time. Dustin Johnson took advantage of his best round of all time on the PGA tour and gave a boost to an already good ranking.D.J’s round was tied for the day, but several other players also went out of their way to prepare for Sunday’s third PGA tournament victory since a three-month break from competition. Let’s see why D.J. exploded on Saturday and what the Sunday finale could have in store.

1. Brendon Todd (-18 years old) – Todd had 12 (!!) 3 on Saturday and hit 41 of 42 fairways this week. The two numbers seem impossible, but they are both behind his two-stroke lead on Sunday. How about this scenario. Only Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Todd have won multiple PGA Tour victories this season. If Todd wins Sunday, he will be the only player with three wins. In a season shortened by a pandemic with only one major championship, it is possible to think that Todd could be in the running for the title of player of the year of the PGA Tour and, in fact, win the award with a victory on Sunday and a excellent performance in the PGA championship. If you had told me at the same time last year that Brendon Todd would have the indoor track on POY and that Tiger Woods would be the reigning Masters champion, I’m not sure what would have been more incredible.

2. Dustin Johnson (-16) – D.J. also made 12 3 Saturday in a third round of 61 to get closer to the top of the standings. He finally hits him as we expect D.J. to hit him, and therefore he is 2-1 to win the event by entering the final round. Because of his immense power and his ability to model shots, D.J. on this course is probably around 68. Take for example the 15th hole of 277 yards par-4. How many D.J. clubs will that be 277 yards? On Saturday, he led him 27 feet from the pin just off the green and easily got up and down for birdie. Although it is difficult to be consistent at a high level on a short course – especially with your irons – his iron play has gone out in the past three days and he has only made a bogey in his last 42 holes. He is the player to beat Sunday.

3. Kevin Streelman (-15), 4. Mackenzie Hughes (-14) – I was so impressed with how Hughes has hung on since filming 60 the first day. It’s easy to eject this number after you have gone around in your life, but it has turned it into a real opportunity to win for the second time on the PGA Tour.

T5. Bryson DeChambeau, Kevin Na (-13) – Bryson slipped into a 65 with two birdies in his last four holes while the broadcast team decided he would try to drive the 17th hole of 418 yards par-4. It is ideally placed on Sunday to let the driver roll over every hole he plays for more than 320 yards, and it is a drama that I will not miss. Although his last 36 holes have been fairly quiet, he’s still in a good position to post something hot on Sunday and win. Anyway, it looks like his streak of top 10 will likely reach six and, more importantly, that he gets validation for his new look (even on unsuitable routes!) After gaining all that weight for the three-month break.

T7. Scott Stallings, Seung-Yul Noh, Patton Kizzire, Abraham Ancer, Phil Mickelson (-12) – Mickelson finally approached the full Mickelson on Saturday when he hit a bunker ball on his back on the railway. It was a tough day for Mickelson, who fell from the tee to the green and lost shots on the tee and on his approach shots. I had a lot of questions about whether Lefty could exist where it existed in terms of hitting, and we all got answers on Saturday about how it was going to happen.

T13. Charley Hoffman, Kyle Stanley, Viktor Hovland, Zach Johnson, Brendan Steele, Will gordon (-11) – Again, Hovland and Johnson being tied after three rounds of a PGA Tour event is incredible given their style differences. This is about a good course that identifies the full game that is the best.

T18. Rory McIlroy (-10 years old) – Rory’s chances of winning seemed to sink with the ball he hit in the water on No. 15. He got out of two consecutive birdies and had a real chance of raising his number to 14 or 15 when he got home . But a bad tee shot led to a poor finish and now – except for something ridiculous – he’s too far away with too many players ahead of him to have a real chance of winning this weekend.

Three takeaways

• I love the arrival at TPC River Highlands. The last four holes are all must-see TV shows when leaders play them. Not exactly the latest news, but it’s one of the best closing stretches on the PGA Tour.

• We say that about many of the best guys, but when D.J. is galloping and it looks easy, I’m not sure anyone has ever made it easier than him. This is especially true on a short course where he can hold back even more than he already does. A pleasure to live.

• The conversations in progress picked up by the microphones because no fan is present remain incredible. I caught one with Lefty on Saturday in which he was in the rough with a tree to his right before. He was trying to describe to his younger and younger brother Tim how he was going to try to shape the plan and how a variety of club faces (wood, irons) could affect him. I couldn’t have had enough.

CBS Sports was with you throughout the process of updating this story with the latest scores, updates and highlights below. Check out the live scores at the top of this story or a more detailed ranking.

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