From Dustin Johnson to Brooks Koepka and more, who still has a chance at the PGA Championship

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SAN FRANCISCO – A long wait for the first golf major of 2020 is rewarded with an impressive standings and plenty of possibilities heading into the final round of the PGA Championship.TPC Harding Park turned out to be a valid test, with a lot of lurking issues and yet fireworks opportunities. You need to have birds, but the balls must also be swallowed by rough trees and deep cypress trees.

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With a similar forecast for Sunday, here’s a look at Finals contenders, including Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, who are within range of a third consecutive PGA Championship and a fifth major title.

Score -9
Position: chef

DJ may have found the key to success: a book of footage is overrated. In fact, Johnson lost his and had to rely on his brother and caddy, AJ, for the intricate details of Harding Park. He shot 31 from the back and made three of the last five holes to shoot 65 – despite a double bogey in the ninth.

Johnson, 36, has now shot eight straight innings in the ’60s at the PGA Championship and is in a position to win that elusive second major championship. Ten years after blowing the PGA epic – he was penalized two strokes for anchoring his club in an 18th hole bunker to miss the playoffs at Whistling Straits – he has another great opportunity after coming four back to start the day.

“I’ve been here for a while now,” said Johnson, whose only major title was won at the 2016 US Open. “I’ve been in contention a lot and I’ve done it a lot of times. [On Sunday], it’s no different. I’m gonna have to play golf if I want to win. It’s simple: I have to hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. If I can do it, I will have a good chance of going down the home stretch. ”

Result: -8
Position: T-2

It’s new territory for 24-year-old Scheffler, who is only playing in his fourth Major League and first PGA. He has yet to win on the PGA Tour. Birdies on three consecutive holes on the back nine gave him a share of the lead before an 18-year-old bogey for a 65. He is a fullback for Johnson and will play with him in the final round.

“There are definitely nerves, but you just have to try to manage them the best that I can and go out and play, and I did a good job. [in Saturday’s third round] just stay in the right frame of mine, make good positive changes and make some nice birdies, ”he said.

Result: -8
Position: T-2

It has been a delicate career for Champ, who notched two PGA Tour victories – but only two more top 10 finishes. This is just the third major championship for Champ, 25, who was 54th at the PGA last year. Champ followed his Friday 64 with a 67 and his long game is well suited for Harding Park. But he’s a newcomer to major pressure.

Result: -7
Position: T-4

Barely a pro for a year, there are plenty of advantages for Morikawa, who scored his second career victory a few weeks ago and looks unfazed at 23. Barely 15 months out of university, he plays beyond his experience. Three birdies towards the end of his lap helped him fight, just two behind, having started on day six behind.

“I had to play well,” he said. “Who knows if one of the leaders pulls 5 or 6 cents and really breaks up. To have a chance, I had to at least have a good turn. Now anything can happen to anyone. ”

Result: -7
Position: T-4

The Englishman quietly trailed off with scores of 68-67-68 to try his hand at his first major league. Only Sergio Garcia (74) and Tom Kite (72) had more major starts than Casey (64) before winning their first. At 43, he would also be the third oldest player behind Jerry Barber and Roberto DeVicenzo to win his first major title.

Result: -7
Position: T-4

The quest for history appeared to be over when he bugged three consecutive holes of the last nine. But Koepka never seems to be denied in the majors, and he wanted to compete with birdies on two of the last three holes to shoot within two shots of Johnson.

Koepka is trying to become the first player since Peter Thomson won the Open from 1954 to 1956 to win a major in three consecutive years. Walter Hagen won the PGA four times in a row from 1924 to 1927.

Regarding Johnson’s pursuit, Koepka said, “I like my chances. When I have been in this position before, I have capitalized. I don’t know, he only won one. I play well. We ‘I’ll see. ”

Result: -6
Position: T-7

The muscular Bryson must avoid the many bogeys he continues to do if he is to win his first major championship. He’s never finished better than 15th in a major, and it’s his best opportunity, just three behind Johnson. But his many birdies for the tournament (17) were somewhat offset by too many bogeys (11). Yet DeChambeau has the ability and the confidence to make it happen.

Result: -6
Position: T-7

No one is owed more than Finau, who keeps knocking on the door, whether it’s regular events or big leagues. A third round 67 gives him another chance, but he probably has to go lower than that with so many people ahead of him.

Result: -6
Position: T-7

Rose couldn’t do much on Saturday, settling for a 70 that kept him within reach of the leaders. The 2013 US Open champion has a lot of big event experience and shot 66 in the first round here. He’ll need another like that to have a chance.

Result: -6
Position: T-7

Just two off the lead when round three began, Day could only manage a peer 70 to fall three behind. Still, he has a chance to clinch his second PGA Championship. The Aussie has had a nice quiet run of late, posting three consecutive top 10s entering the PGA

Result: -5
Extension: T-13

The surprise second-round leader Li held on beautifully for most of Saturday until his tee shot at the 13th hole was apparently stuck in a cypress tree, resulting in a stray ball and a 6 double bogey. added two more bogeys and had just one birdie for the round to shoot 73 and fall four shots back. Li’s chances of becoming the first Chinese golfer to win a major championship probably depended on him staying closer to the lead.

Other

Daniel Berger and Tommy Fleetwood are tied for seventh, just three behind, and certainly still within striking range. Joel Dahmen would be an ultimate winner, at 32, only playing in his third major. He sits four back. It has been a quiet week for Xander Sc Heater, who has only returned four years.

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