US PGA Championship: Dustin Johnson takes the lead with Englishman Paul Casey two strokes behind

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Former world number one Dustin Johnson won a major – the 2016 US Open
-9 Dr. Johnson (United States); -8 C Champ (United States), S Scheffler (United States); -7 P Casey (Eng), B Koepka (United States), C Morikawa (United States); -6 T Fleetwood (Eng), J Rose (Eng), J Day (Aus), D Berger, B DeChambeau, T Finau (all United States)
Selection of others: -5 Li Haotong (Chn); -3 I Poulter (Eng); -1 J Thomas (United States), S Lowry (Ire); Level R McIlroy (NI); +2 T Woods (United States); +4 R MacIntyre (Sco)

Former world number one Dustin Johnson took the lead on an exciting third day of the 2020 US PGA Championship in San Francisco.

The lead changed hands several times in the penultimate inning, with the American hitting eight birdies in a five-under 65 to go down to nine.

Scottie Scheffler also shot a 65 at TPC Harding Park to follow one with Cameron Champ, who hit a 67.

Paul Casey is two shots back, alongside defending champion Brooks Koepka.

English compatriots Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood are also still in the mix one shot farther out of six below par after both posting 70s.

The pair were two shots behind overnight leader Li Haotong, three of 73 of whom saw him drop to five cents for the week.

Fleetwood was also on the verge of losing ground, but won two birdies in the final three holes to reclaim a par 70 and stay firmly in contention going into the final day.

The 102nd US PGA has been postponed from May due to the coronavirus pandemic and is being played without spectators.

Mixed day for the British contingent

Paul Casey’s best result in a major is a tie for third at the Open in 2010

As the weekend approached, it was earnestly believed that the American PGA could be won by an Englishman for the second time – and the first since Jim Barnes in 1919.

Fleetwood and Rose were two out of the lead overnight but got off to a slow start with Fleetwood releasing a shot in the third and Rose having three bogeys in the first five holes.

And although Rose recovered with three birdies on the turn, Fleetwood’s putts just didn’t land and he had another bogey on the 10.

But just as a crowded standings seemed to move away from world number 13, Fleetwood’s persistence paid off with a solid finish to come back to six under with Rose, who also finished in 70.

Casey, however, a shot further into the night, finished his first nine with two birdies to get into the pursuit pack.

As the battle for the lead intensified, Casey nearly birdied on the 17th, but did enough to sneak past his compatriots.

Previously, Rory McIlroy looked set to relaunch the British challenge as the 2012 and 2014 champion placed two under for the day, but a streak of four bogeys on his last six holes saw him drop to 71.

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