Johnson takes lead at Saudi International ahead of final round By Reuters

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(Reuters) – American Dustin Johnson loaded a four-under 66 in the third round to go 13 under overall and take a two-shot lead at the Saudi International on Saturday. Despite a double bogey at par four 13 when he found the water, Johnson recorded six birdies to avoid the challenge of Frenchman Victor Perez, who shot an error-free 66 with four birdies. Johnson had a chance to amend the double bogey with an 11-foot eagle putt on 18, but watched as he agonizingly missed the cup for the 36-year-old to settle for a birdie. “It was a good ending,” he said. “I felt like I played really good all day, aside from 13, but I didn’t think I made such a bad shot,” said Johnson, who now has 11 straight under-par rounds at Royal Greens Golf and Country. Club course. “I handled it well and hit a lot of really good iron shots to give me a lot of good birdie chances. I didn’t make a lot of putts, but finishing well definitely helped the day.” Always is good. winning no matter when … it’s a really good course. I would definitely be very happy. It’s a pretty big golf tournament and it will definitely give me a lot of confidence for the rest of the year. ”England’s Tyrrell Hatton and Andy Sullivan, American Tony Finau and Dane Soren Kjeldsen are tied for third at 10 under par overall, while That Sergio Garcia made strides with 64 in the third round, to move to seventh along with six others.Johnson, who won the inaugural edition of the event two years ago, will look to win his ninth European Tour title on Sunday.

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