Dustin Johnson fires 66 to surge to 54-hole lead at Kapalua

LAHAINA, HI - JANUARY 06: Dustin Johnson of the United States reacts on the ninth green during the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on January 6, 2018 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images) Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Dustin Johnson fires 66 to surge to 54-hole lead at Kapalua

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Dustin Johnson fires 66 to surge to 54-hole lead at Kapalua

Here is a recap of the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii.

LEADING: Nobody was questioning why Dustin Johnson is World No. 1, but he certainly left zero doubt about his credentials Saturday anyway.

Johnson nearly aced a par 4 early in the round as part of a flawless 3-under 33 on the front nine and then, after a bogey at No. 11, holed out for eagle at the par-4 12th and played his final seven holes in 5 under to fire a 7-under 66. That pushed Johnson to 16 under for the tournament and a two-shot lead by day’s end.

Overall, it was an eagle, a bogey and six birdies for Johnson as he moved from one behind to two ahead. The 33-year-old won four times on the PGA Tour last season. If he’s looking to match or top that, he might be off to a fast start.

CHASING: Brian Harman had an early eagle at the fifth and fought his way to a 4-under 69 and still fell from the lead he shared at the start of the day. Still, he’s solo second at 14 under thanks to a solid round. Jon Rahm matched Johnson’s 66 to jump 10 spots to solo third at 12 under. Rickie Fowler posts 68 to move four spots to a tie for fourth at 11 under. Jason Dufner also finds himself at 11 under.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Johnson could have two shots here, including that near hole-in-one at the par-4 sixth. But it’s only fair to go with his actual hole-out, which came at the par-4 12th for eagle to take over the lead.

QUOTABLE: To come…

SHORT SHOTS: Jordan Spieth follows an electric 66 with a 70 to put himself T-9 at 8 under with 18 holes to play. … Hideki Matsuyama finishes 54 holes at 7 under. He’s tied for 12th. … Marc Leishman, a 36-hole co-leader, struggles on Saturday. He shoots a 3-over 76 to fall 11 spots to a tie for 12th at 7 under. … Justin Thomas, the defending champion, shoots a second straight 2-over 75 to drop to 2 over for the tournament. He had to turn to his father as a caddie Saturday as his regular looper was injured. Thomas sits solo 30th in the 34-man field.

UP NEXT: Golf Channel will air final-round coverage Sunday from 6-10 p.m. Eastern. Follow all the action on Golfweek.com and our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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