The Masters: Dustin Johnson leads by four after third round at Augusta National | Golf News

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World No 1 fires third-round 65 to reach 16 under and edge closer to the Green Jacket as Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas falter on the third day at Augusta National; Rory McIlroy fires a 67, but is eight behind

Last Updated: 14/11/20 10:23pm

Dustin Johnson fired a superb third-round 65 to storm into a four-shot lead

Dustin Johnson separated himself from the field as he cruised into a commanding four-shot lead after the third round of the 84th Masters.

Johnson underlined his status as the No 1 golfer on the planet with a seemingly-effortless seven-under 64 that swept him to 16 under and within sight of setting a new tournament-scoring record at Augusta National.

The second round concluded on Saturday morning with Johnson tied for the lead on nine under along with Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas, the first time in major history that the world’s top three players in the rankings had shared the lead after any round.

Johnson matched the 54-hole record of 16 under, while Jon Rahm was undone by mistakes on the eighth

Johnson matched the 54-hole record of 16 under, while Jon Rahm was undone by mistakes on the eighth

But Rahm’s challenge stalled with a double-bogey seven at the eighth, while Thomas dropped three shots in four holes on the back nine to leave Sungjae Im, Abraham Ancer and Cameron Smith as Johnson’s closest rivals going into the final day.

Rory McIlroy continued his impressive fightback from his opening 75 as a 67 got him to eight under, although he insisted he had “zero thoughts” of catching Johnson on Sunday, while defending champion Tiger Woods endured a long 26 holes on day three and will be presenting the Green Jacket to a new champion in the Butler Cabin.

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