NORTON, Massachusetts, USA (AP) – A final like this could have served Dustin Johnson for a record score.
On Saturday, he finished the Northern Trust’s third round with a birdie and an eagle to deliver a 64-shot scorecard, seven under par, extending his lead to five shots at the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Johnson, coming off an incredible second round in which he reached 11 under par after 11 holes and finished with minus 7 and a card of 60, took advantage of Harris English and Scottie Scheffler with a 20-foot birdie putt on hole 17 and another 40 feet for eagle on the last hole of the TPC Boston course.
At the end of the day he was at 191 strokes, 22 under par, the lowest accumulated of his career after 54 holes. It surpassed its previous mark by three hits.
“I’m in a great position and I like it, but I’m still going to have to go out there and get a good score,” Johnson said. “You can end up with a low card and other players are going to be low as well, especially in these conditions – perfect greens, the field is in good condition and there is not much wind.”
English and Scheffler are five shots behind Johnson, who is seeking his second title of the year. Should Spain’s Jon Rahm not finish second, Johnson could reach number one in the world for the first time since May 2019.
Tiger Woods predicted low scores in the third round on Friday, and he was correct – but not in his case or Rory McIlroy’s. Woods birdied the last hole and posted a score of 73. McIlroy incurred two triple bogeys in his round of 74. They will be able to play again Sunday.
Johnson is seeking his fifth win in the FedEx Cup playoff and his third at three different fields in this tournament. The most important thing will be how the season ends.
The FedEx Cup will feature the best golfers — Woods, McIlroy, Vijay Singh, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Johnson seeks to be on that list.