Dustin Johnson is (by one way or another) the 54-gap pioneer of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in the wake of shooting a 5-under 65 (with a twofold intruder!). He drives the field by one, however the accident behind him is sufficient ensure his head is on a turn come the finale on Sunday.
D.J. hit the ball conventionally on Saturday, yet he putted the eyes out of it, increasing more than four strokes on the field on the greens. That is either going to be the manner in which he wins this occasion or a harbinger of a Sunday where he can’t close since he’s not striking it just as he ought to be (or typically does).
Strikingly, the current year’s PGA Championship arrangement could work for his potential benefit. At the point when Johnson won his solitary major – the 2016 U.S. Open – he didn’t have the foggiest idea about his score for a large portion of the last round. The current year’s fan-less occasion at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco is the sort of peculiarity which loses others however D.J. can flourish in. Throw in the way that he obviously lost his yardage book and that he shot 80-80-78 sequentially three weeks back, and everything kind of includes (in any event with regards to D.J. math).
He’s the pioneer and the top pick, yet in the event that D.J. can’t close on Sunday evening, there will be a host – and I do mean host – of players behind him prepared to jump. Consider this detail from Saturday’s round and the way that we go to Sunday with 17 players inside four of his lead, and more tumult makes certain to advance in Round 4.
Here are the players who can run Johnson (- 9) down from behind – positioned by probability of it occurring – when (not if!) things get wild on Sunday. Look in conflict (through William Hill Sportsbook) and picks from our CBS Sports specialists.
1. Streams Koepka (- 7): His 3-3-3 completion on Saturday felt risky for D.J. Koepka kept himself in the competition after a series of birdies not long before that. The statements subsequently felt considerably more tricky. What’s more, to finish everything off, Koepka is hitting it better than D.J. is at this moment. It has an inclination that it will come down to those two simply as it did at the 2019 PGA Championship when Koepka held Johnson off for his fourth major. Be that as it may, on the off chance that it doesn’t, there are some very captivating storylines past Koepka.2. Collin Morikawa (- 7): Wait, Collin Morikawa?! Truly, Collin Morikawa! The harder the breeze blows on Sunday, the better his odds. You probably won’t have the foggiest idea about the name yet, however he’s a genius. Furthermore, he’s having a record-breaking putting week (for him). There’s a genuine possibility that Morikawa could have his best ball-striking day on Sunday and leave every other person panting down the back nine as he thumps down flagsticks on the way to his first significant title.
3. Bryson DeChambeau (- 6): The hamburger kid may have something terrible in store on Sunday. Like Morikawa, he had a crazy putting day on Saturday, topped by a 95-footer on the eighteenth. DeChambeau doesn’t yet have a main 10 out of a significant title, yet he’ll be risking everything on Sunday and squeezed up by whatever adrenaline is accessible. His iron play was poor on Saturday, and keeping in mind that I don’t thoroughly confide in it on Sunday, he’s positively fit for consecutive 66s for the success.
4. Scottie Scheffler (- 8): He’s putting it excessively useful for his guidelines this week, however like Morikawa, the ball-striking ought to support him. Doesn’t feel like he’ll win, however it additionally doesn’t feel like he’ll blur away in light of the fact that he’s playing with D.J. on a Sunday at a significant, either.
5. Tommy Fleetwood (- 6): This is kind of how he about won the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock when he dropped that dingy 63 in the last round. I trust Fleetwood more from this spot than I would on the off chance that he was way out in front. Like Koepka, he spared his occasion with a 3-3-3 completion. That is acceptable energy for Sunday.6. Jason Day (- 6): I figured Day would be driving on Saturday evening, yet he didn’t have his best stuff in Round 3. In case you’re searching for the ideal factual profile of someone who’s going to totally fly on Sunday, it’s Day. First on approach shots and 44th in putting. That is actually how Justin Thomas won a week ago.
7. Paul Casey (- 7): I don’t generally confide in his end kick, however he was great getting back home. He played the last 12 openings in 2 under (which is extremely hard to do), and when you watch him hit iron shots into these kinds of greens, you wonder how he’s rarely won one. First from tee to green over the initial three rounds.
8. Xander Schauffele (- 5): This is the way he wins! He ran down Paul Casey in his Tour Championship win. He ran down Gary Woodland in his Tournament of Champions win. He ran down Tony Finau in his WGC-HSBC Champions win. Four back is one more than I might want, however I would not be astonished if Xander shot 65 on Sunday for his first significant triumph.
9. Cameron Champ (- 8): Easy to watch, difficult to imagine him winning however. He and Scheffler will feel an unexpected weight in comparison to they’ve at any point felt in their lives on Sunday evening, and he sort of limped home on Saturday in the wake of sniffing the lead. I don’t think he’ll shoot 80, yet I don’t think he’ll be in it over the last barely any openings in the last round.