Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama share BMW Championship lead; Rory McIlroy falls

FedEx Cup chief Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama are tied for the BMW Championship lead following Saturday’s third spherical.

American star Johnson and Japan’s Matsuyama each carded 69s to prime the leaderboard at 1 underneath by way of 54 holes in Illinois, the place the pair maintain a two-stroke benefit.

Johnson cruised to victory eventually week’s opening FedEx Cup playoff occasion, The Northern Belief, and he has maintained his type on the Olympia Fields Nation Membership. Projected to retain his place atop the FedEx Cup standings forward of Matsuyama, two-time BMW Championship winner Johnson had three birdies and two bogeys to rise two positions on Day Three.

Matsuyama — a five-time PGA Tour champion however and not using a title since 2017 — loved a combined day, with an eagle, two birdies and three bogeys in robust scoring circumstances.

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Joaquin Niemann (68), Mackenzie Hughes (69) and Adam Scott (70) are tied for third at 1 over heading into Sunday’s remaining spherical. 

4-time main champion Rory McIlroy is amongst six gamers a shot additional again following his Three-over-par 73. McIlroy was the co-leader heading into the penultimate spherical however the former world No. 1 and 2012 winner struggled — 5 bogeys and simply two birdies — and slid down the leaderboard.

Jon Rahm (66), Sebastian Munoz (67), Kevin Kisner (70), Bubba Watson (70) and Brendon Todd (71) are additionally 2 over. Defending champion Justin Thomas (71), in the meantime, is eight over following his third consecutive spherical within the 70s.

Tiger Woods’ struggles continued, and the 15-time main champion seems set to overlook out on the Tour Championship forward of the U.S. Open.

The highest 30 within the FedEx Cup standings will qualify for the Tour Championship, the place Woods is a three-time champion. The 44-year-old is projected to be 65th.

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