SHANGHAI: Dustin Johnson billed into a handsome six-shot direct at the $9.75 million WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai on Saturday just after an predicted third-spherical battle with near good friend Brooks Koepka failed to materialise.
In breezy ailments Johnson’s four-less than-par 68 stretched his a person-shot right away direct on his fellow American, who shot an mistake-strewn 73, leaving the planet variety a person in pole posture for the final day on Sunday.
American Brian Harman and Englishman Justin Rose, the Rio 2016 Olympic winner, had been joint fourth.
“I’m not concerned about what anybody else is doing, I’ve received more than enough to be concerned about with just myself,” stated Johnson on his frame of mind going into the decisive day with such a major direct.
“I’m not going to modify my activity plan participating in no issue what Brooks does, Henrik, whoever is out there participating in.
“I’m going to adhere to it and ideally execute.”
Johnson and Koepka live around a person one more in Florida and are fishing and gymnasium buddies.
But the niceties had been still left in the clubhouse and reigning US Open winner Koepka was immediately on the entrance foot, grabbing a birdie at the very first although Johnson carded just his third bogey of the week.
That immediately wiped out Johnson’s slender right away direct and was the very first of a few birdies on the spin for the 27-12 months-outdated Koepka to propel him briefly into the direct.
But that was as good as it received for Koepka.
Johnson designed birdies at holes two, four, seven and then at eight, in which Koepka’s obstacle faltered terribly with a horror triple bogey.
The 33-12 months-outdated Johnson, the 2013 Shanghai winner and 2016 US Open winner, designed the turn having opened up a four-shot direct on his rival.
Johnson gave a delicate shake of the head just after a double bogey at the par-four 10th, but Koepka failed to capitalise with a bogey of his have and Johnson was usually in management just after that irrespective of the tricky wind.
Hideki Matsuyama, the reigning winner from Japan, had one more weak day with a 72 to leave him firmly out of the reckoning.
Johnson identified the eighth hole as the turning place and Koepka named holes eight to 12 “a disaster”.
“I never know what transpired from eight on,” stated a deflated Koepka, rated 11 in the planet.
“It was variety of really disappointing — really blah. I did not really make any putts, like all those momentum putts. I did not make a person of all those.”
Koepka also stated he had been set off on the 18th hole, in which he stumbled to a third bogey of the day, by multiple cameras going off.
Rose carded a 72 and in the same way struggled in the wind, having started out the day in tied third and nevertheless in the hunt.
“Wasn’t good more than enough, is what it was, but it was tricky out there,” he stated.
“But all in all, DJ (Johnson) performed wonderful golf right now and obviously stretched out a minor as well significantly in advance.”
The 37-12 months-outdated at least had the consolation of a birdie at the final hole, but stated he was only really chasing next behind Johnson on Sunday.
“You variety of stroll away, the system did not conquer me right now,” he stated of building a last-gasp birdie.
“I experience like that birdie can ideally make dinner style good and come out and try and do something particular.”