Zach Johnson began Sunday’s third round at the 144th British Open Championship three behind the lead of Dustin Johnson … and he remains three back going into today after a mostly quiet 2-under 70.
“I played great,” Johnson said. “It was a great opportunity but I didn’t really capitalize on my chances.”
Johnson parred his first thirteen holes, failing to make a move on a constantly updating leaderboard until his fourteenth hole, where he birdied.
“I still feel good,” he said. “I’ve never been in that kind of situation before.”
Saturday’s rain and wind delays caused Johnson to lose his bearings of the correct time.
“(Saturday) was a little awkward out here,” Johnson said regarding the “hurry up and wait” events of that day.
“It took me a while to get in my rhythm,” Johnson said. “But once I did I was able to play very well and show off my best golf, it all changed.”
Johnson finished his round with three birdies, a par and a bogey over the final five holes.
“I didn’t start knocking dow the pins until later in the round,” Zach Johnson said.
But even as he stayed steady, other golfers were jumping up and down the leaderboard.
Jordan Spieth, hot off his John Deere Classic victory a week ago, shot a 66 and jumped into fourth place. Paul Dunne, Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Day are tied on top at 12-under, followed by Spieth, then Padraig Harrington, who shot a 65 on Sunday.
Johnson is tied for sixth with a group of nine golfers at 9-under.
Johnson will golf today starting at 7:30 a.m. (Central time) with Danny Willett. ESPN begins coverage at 5 a.m. The final pairing (Osthuizen, Dunne) tees off at 8:30 a.m.
Johnson, who said he slept in on Thursday and has been upbeat and positive with his position, said it’s all about staying focused today.
“I’m looking forward to the chase of a final round,” Johnson said. “It will be a good chance for me to make a run.”
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