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Golf Roundup: Johnson takes big lead in Shanghai

The Sports Xchange
October 28. 2017 9:02PM




Dustin Johnson extended his lead to six shots after shooting a 4-under 68 on Saturday in the third round at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

The 33-year-old world No. 1 bogeyed his opening hole but bounced back with birdies on Nos. 2, 4, 7 and 8 to turn in 33 and lead by four shots at Sheshan International Golf Club.

With fellow American Brooks Koepka - who led briefly with three opening birdies - unable to keep pace, Johnson sank three more birdies against a double bogey on No. 10 to secure his career largest 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour. Johnson's previous best was a five-shot advantage at the Genesis Open earlier this year in which he went on to win the tournament.

Johnson's 17-under 199 total in the $9.75 million event, which included 22 birdies, is a tournament record after three rounds. When Johnson won the 2013 HSBC Champions, he led going into the final round by three shots.

Kerr leads in Malaysia

Cristie Kerr fired a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the third round Saturday at the LPGA Tour's Sime Darby in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The 40-year-old American, playing in her 20th LPGA year, followed up Friday's 63 with seven birdies and just one bogey to finish 54 holes at 15-under 198 at TPC Kuala Lumpur

Kerr, who is seeking her 20th career win, heads into today's final round one shot ahead of defending champion and overnight leader Shanshan Feng of China, who shot a bogey-free 68. South Korean Sei Young Kim (68) is in third place at 11 under.

With a win, Kerr would become just the third player in LPGA history to cross $19 million in career earnings. Only Annika Sorenstam ($22,573,192) and Karrie Webb ($20,179,509) have earned more than Kerr.


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