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August 10 2013

3:13 PM

Johnson makes big move up board

Dustin Johnson has won seven times on the PGA TOUR.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Dustin Johnson felt like he was playing well all week. He just hadn't scored well until Saturday.

Johnson fired a 65 in the third round that moved him 51 spots up the leaderboard and within sniffing distance of leader Jim Furyk, who is seven shots ahead.

Johnson started the day at 3 over for the tournament but was 2 under when he completed 54 holes.

"I felt like I played a lot better than my score was for the first couple of days," the lanky South Carolinian said.

"Today I hit it really well. The only bogey I made was on No. 5 and that was from the fairway. But I had a mud ball. ... Rolled the putter really well and just gave myself a lot of opportunities to make birdie."

Johnson has won seven times on the PGA TOUR, including the Hyundai Tournament of Champions earlier this year. He's had two close calls in majors, too -- the first coming at the 2010 PGA where a penalty for grounding his club in an ill-defined bunker kept him out of the playoff Martin Kaymer won and the second when he was runner-up to Darren Clarke at The Open Championship.

Whether Johnson can get into the mix again on Sunday depends on how much distance the leaders can put behind them in the third round.

"I thought it was playing pretty tough out there," Johnson said. "I played really well today, drove it well, drove it in the fairway, made some good putts. If this wind picks up, even par is a good score, I think.  We'll just have to see what they do.
   
"Going into tomorrow, same game plan. Same thing I've been doing all week, just try to hit the fairways and get it on the green and get a look at birdie. This morning going out, the greens were perfect. So you knew if you hit good putts it was going in the hole."

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