Johnson takes narrow lead into final round at PGA Championship
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Dustin Johnson made eight birdies en route to a 5-under 65 in Round 3 to carry a one-shot lead into Sunday at the PGA Championship.

The 36-year-old started the day four shots off the pace but began filling up the cup early Saturday. He was 4-under after eight holes before making an ugly double-bogey prior to making the turn. But Johnson rebounded with four more birdies on the back nine to settle at 9-under for the tournament.

"I putted really well," Johnson said. "That was key. But I hit a lot of good shots to give myself some good looks because the flags are tucked."

Johnson, who leads the field in strokes gained: putting, will be in tough to claim his second major title as a number of big names are within striking distance.

Long-hitting young guns Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Champ sit one back after posting rounds of 65 and 67, respectively.

Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka, Paul Casey, and Collin Morikawa share the fourth spot, only two shots shy.

Despite the two-shot deficit, Koepka is confident he can complete the comeback for his third PGA Championship title.

"I'm playing good, so I like my chances," Koepka said. He added context as to why he's so confident: "It's just a comfort level. I feel very comfortable around the lead in the big events."

Here's how the leaderboard stands going into the final round where there are 11 players within three of the lead with 18 holes remaining:

Place Player To Par R3 Score
1 Dustin Johnson -9 65
T2 Scottie Scheffler -8 65
T2 Cameron Champ -8 67
T4 Collin Morikawa -7 65
T4 Paul Casey -7 68
T4 Brooks Koepka -7 69
T7 Bryson DeChambeau -6 66
T7 Tony Finau -6 67
T7 Justin Rose -6 70
T7 Daniel Berger -6 70
T7 Jason Day -6 70
T7 Tommy Fleetwood -6 70

Bryson DeChambeau dropped a 95-foot bomb for birdie on No. 18 to close his round of 66. He'll be looking for his first career finish inside the top 10 at a major.

The 36-hole leader, Haotong Li, carded a 3-over 73 to drop into a share of 12th.

Tiger Woods fell further down the leaderboard, signing for a 2-over 72. He sits in a tie for 59th.

Here's the broadcast schedule for Sunday's final round:

In the United States

Date Channel Time (ET)
Aug. 9 ESPN+ (streaming) 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
ESPN 12-3 p.m.
CBS 3-9 p.m.

In Canada

Date Channel Time (ET)
Aug. 9 (featured groups) 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
TSN 3 12-9 p.m.
TSN 1/4 5-9 p.m.
Johnson takes narrow lead into final round at PGA Championship
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