Dustin Johnson misses hole-in-one on par 4 by inches

Dustin Johnson misses hole-in-one on par 4 by inches

The 23-year-old has taken Johnson close in the past, at the WGC-Mexico Championship and the WGC-Dell Match Play, but fell just short and he hopes he can close the gap when play resumes.

He was two strokes ahead of fellow American Brian Harman, the overnight co-leader who carded a four-under 69 for 205. Matsuyama conjured eight (of 15) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation, gaining 2.497 strokes approaching-the-green, now No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 6.964. Seconds earlier, on-course reporter Jim "Bones" Mackay was saying that with the wind, Johnson might have too much power for the hole and could overshoot the green. Matsuyama posted 1.625 putts per GIR and 1.163 SG: Putting, taking 28 total putts.

Now he's had more time to practice with them, and said he was looking forward to doing battle on Sunday.

He responded with an eagle at the par-four 12th, where he holed out from 72 yards out, with his second shot landing on the green and rolling in. Kind of started off slowly, a bunch of pars, but it was nice to birdie nine.

Dustin Johnson misses hole-in-one on par 4 by inches
Dustin Johnson misses hole-in-one on par 4 by inches

"Great round. Bogey-free", Rahm said afterwards.

Australia's Leishman, who led or shared the lead after each of the first two rounds, couldn't maintain his momentum on Saturday.

Spain's Jon Rahm, number four in the world, was two shots further back in third place at 12-under par after matching Johnson's 66 following three birdies and an eagle in his last five holes.

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