Johnson Leads Poulter by Three Strokes at HSBC Champions Golf

Dustin Johnson overcame two double bogeys to hold a three-shot lead going into today’s final round of the HSBC Champions in China.

Johnson shot a 6-under-par 66 yesterday at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai to reach 18 under for the tournament, which is part of the World Golf Championships.

The American finished his first nine holes with five straight birdies before a double bogey at No. 10. He then strung together four consecutive birdies before another double bogey at the 18th hole after driving into the water

“It was another really good day, I played really well, but obviously the two doubles hurt a little bit,” Johnson, who tied the course record of 63 two days ago, told reporters. “To have a three-shot lead going into the last day is good and I’m looking forward to the challenge. I still have to play really well. The guys that are right behind me are playing very well too.”

Defending champion Ian Poulter of England shot 63 to get to 15 under, one stroke better than Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, U.S. Open champion Justin Rose of England and Canadian Graham DeLaet are all 12 under.

A day after Johnson matched the course record, Martin Kaymer broke it by shooting 62. The German birdied six of his first seven holes, then added four more birdies after making the turn and sits at 10 under.

“I didn’t really play much different than the last few days, I just made a few putts,” Kaymer said on the European Tour website. “I made it really easy on myself.”

Kaymer is tied for seventh place with Americans Boo Weekley and Bubba Watson.

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