Dustin Johnson takes 6-shot lead at HSBC Champions entering final round

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Dustin Johnson takes 6-shot lead at HSBC Champions entering final round

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Dustin Johnson takes 6-shot lead at HSBC Champions entering final round

Here is a recap of the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China:

LEADING: Dustin Johnson’s reign continues. The World No. 1 bogeyed his first hole Saturday and then made four birdies in his next seven to take control. Brooks Koepka actually tied him through seven, but a triple bogey at the eighth next to Johnson’s birdie there produced a four-shot swing. Johnson would double bogey the 10th but produce three more birdies to fire a beautiful 4-under 68 in blustery conditions. By day’s end, he had a six-shot lead at 17 under.

It was only two months ago Johnson last won (he captured the Northern Trust), but he’s seven months removed from his run of three straight wins. But it appears that form, for now, is back and Johnson is in the driver’s seat for another win.

CHASING: Koepka birdied his first three holes Saturday to take the lead from Johnson and would have five on the day. But that triple bogey was a killer and Koepka also bogeyed the closing par-5 18th to post a 73 and sit six back. He’s a distant second while Henrik Stenson (10 under) is a long way back in third.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Dustin Johnson’s birdie at the eighth was something to behold. Maybe more hole of the day than shot of the day, but whatever.

QUOTABLE: “I’m in a good position going into tomorrow. But I’m still going to have to go out and play a really solid round if I want to get it done.” – Dustin Johnson, via the Associated Press

SHORT SHOTS: Justin Rose sits in a tie for fourth at 9 under alongside Brian Harman. … Jason Day is tied for 33rd at 1 under. … Phil Mickelson sits T-45 at 1 over. … Patrick Reed shoots 82 to plummet from T-5 to T-49 at 2 over. … Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama is tied for 60th at 4 over.

UP NEXT: Golf Channel will air final-round coverage Saturday night and early Sunday morning from 11 p.m.-4 a.m. Eastern. Follow all the action on Golfweek.com and our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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