Dustin Johnson found his way through a crowd of contenders Saturday at TPC Harding Park, making eight birdies for a 5-under-par 65 and a 1-shot lead entering the final round of the PGA Championship.
Johnson made the most (8), birdies in his career, at any round of a major.
Johnson was one of eight players who had at least a share of the lead at some point during Saturday’s play.
One of those is Brooks Koepka who was one shot behind when he made a few careless mistakes, tied for fourth with Collin Morikawa (65) and England’s Paul Casey (68).
Scottie Scheffler, a PGA Tour rookie, ran off three straight birdies only to miss a six-foot par putt on the final hole. He still shot a 65 and was one shot behind, in the final group at his first PGA Championship.
Cameron Champ, a Sacramento native who has the most powerful swing on tour, shot a 67 and was tied with Scheffler on second.
Among the cast of contenders are major champions such as Koepka, Jason Day (2015 PGA Championship) and Justin Rose (2013 U.S. Open), and fresh faces such as Champ, Morikawa and Scheffler. Also right there was deep-driving Bryson DeChambeau, thanks to a 95-foot putt for birdie on his last hole.
Missing from all this action is Tiger Woods, who didn’t make a birdie until the 16th hole Saturday and is out of the mix for the fourth straight major since his emotional victory last year at Augusta National for his fifth Masters title.