PGA Championship Day 3, Another New Leader

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TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, CA — August 8, 2020

Haotong Li held the overnight lead after round 2 of the PGA Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco. Unfortunately for him, he did nothing to improve upon that position. A bogey on his 5th hole of the day started the slide that continued with a double bogey on 13. He then bogeyed on 14 & 16, which sent him plummeting down the leaderboard. He finished the day at 3 over par and dropped into a tie for 13th. His shot at this major likely gone.

Who responded to the call on moving day? Dustin Johnson, Scottie Scheffler, and Collin Morikawa all posted a score of 65 to put them in contention for Sunday.

New Leaders

Johnson’s 5 under round combined with his two-day total of -4 pushed him to the top of the leaderboard, alone at 9 under par. Four birdies on the front side were ruined by a bogey on the 6th and a double bogey on the 9th. Johnson shook off the negative and made 4 birdies on the backside without a blip to get into the lead.

Dustin Johnson leads the 2020 PGA Championship after 3 rounds. Photo Credit: CBS Sports / Getty Images

Scheffler went birdie-bogey on his first two holes, then put up 4 more birdies on his opening nine. A bogey on 11 muted his momentum. He got it going again with three birdies in a row on 15, 16, & 17. He blew a chance to share the lead with a bogey on 18. Still, he will play tomorrow in the final group, 1 stroke behind Johnson at 8 under.

Cameron Champ paired six birdies with 3 bogeys to improve on his 8th place position from the first two days. His three-day total of 7 under tied him with Scheffler for 2nd position.
Collin Morikawa used his 65 to move up 21 positions on the leaderboard. He is tied for 4th with Paul Casey and Brooks Koepka who did just enough to stay in the hunt for the Wanamaker Trophy, awarded to the winner of the PGA Championship.
Brooks Koepka in contention at the 2020 PGA Championship after 3 rounds. Photo Credit: CBS Sports / Getty Images

Contenders

Birdies finally outnumbered the bogeys for Bryson DeChambeau, his 4 under par 66 moved him up the leaderboard into a tie for 7th. A three-shot deficit is not insurmountable for a player of DeChambeau’s skill.

Joining DeChambeau are Tony Finau, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Daniel Berger, and Tommy Fleetwood, any of the group is capable of making a Sunday charge to the front. Post a low score and see what the pressure does to the last few groups.

Tiger

What about Tiger Woods? Another round of 2 over par left the “big cat” tied for 50th, 10 strokes off the lead. Jack Nicklaus’s all-time record of 18 majors looks safer as each of the annual big 4 tournaments goes into the books. Next chance to inch closer for Tiger comes September 17-20, in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York.

Leaderboard for Round 3 of the 2020 PGA Championship

Position Player To Par Today Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
1 Dustin Johnson -9 -5 69 67 65 201
T2 Scottie Scheffler -8 -5 66 71 65 202
T2 Cameron Champ -8 -3 71 64 67 202
T4 Collin Morikawa -7 -5 69 69 65 203
T4 Paul Casey -7 -2 68 67 68 203
T4 Brooks Koepka -7 -1 66 68 69 203
T7 Bryson DeChambeau -6 -4 68 70 66 204
T7 Tony Finau -6 -3 67 70 67 204
T7 Justin Rose -6 E 66 68 70 204
T7 Jason Day -6 E 65 69 70 204
T7 Daniel Berger -6 E 67 67 70 204
T7 Tommy Fleetwood -6 E 70 64 70 204
T13 Joel Dahmen -5 -2 69 68 68 205
T13 Si Woo Kim -5 -2 69 68 68 205
T13 Matthew Wolff -5 -2 69 68 68 205
T13 Xander Schauffele -5 -1 66 70 69 205
T13 Haotong Li -5 3 67 65 73 205
T18 Hideki Matsuyama -4 -1 70 67 69 206
T18 Bernd Wiesberger -4 E 68 68 70 206
T18 Mike Lorenzo-Vera -4 2 66 68 72 206
T21 Patrick Cantlay -3 -4 73 68 66 207
T21 Ian Poulter -3 -4 73 68 66 207
T21 Webb Simpson -3 -2 71 68 68 207
T21 Jon Rahm -3 -2 70 69 68 207
T21 Patrick Reed -3 -1 68 70 69 207
T21 Harold Varner III -3 -1 72 66 69 207
T21 Dylan Frittelli -3 E 70 67 70 207
T21 Lanto Griffin -3 1 68 68 71 207
T21 Brendon Todd -3 2 65 70 72 207
T30 Keith Mitchell -2 -2 68 72 68 208
T30 Kevin Kisner -2 -2 67 73 68 208
T30 Victor Perez -2 -1 70 69 69 208
T30 Adam Scott -2 E 68 70 70 208
T34 Charl Schwartzel -1 -2 73 68 68 209
T34 Justin Thomas -1 -2 71 70 68 209
T34 Harris English -1 -1 69 71 69 209
T34 Shane Lowry -1 -1 68 72 69 209
T34 Nate Lashley -1 E 69 70 70 209
T34 Denny McCarthy -1 E 70 69 70 209
T34 Adam Hadwin -1 E 68 71 70 209
T34 Brendan Steele -1 2 66 71 72 209
T34 Alexander Noren -1 3 67 69 73 209
T43 Mackenzie Hughes E -1 73 68 69 210
T43 Cameron Smith E E 71 69 70 210
T43 Doc Redman E E 73 67 70 210
T43 Emiliano Grillo E E 70 70 70 210
T43 Kurt Kitayama E E 68 72 70 210
T43 Rory McIlroy E 1 70 69 71 210
T43 Brian Harman E 1 68 71 71 210
T43 Brandt Snedeker E 2 72 66 72 210
T43 Bud Cauley E 3 66 71 73 210
T52 Louis Oosthuizen 1 E 70 71 70 211
T52 Luke List 1 E 72 69 70 211
T52 Mark Hubbard 1 E 70 71 70 211
T52 Phil Mickelson 1 E 72 69 70 211
T52 Russell Henley 1 1 71 69 71 211
T52 Billy Horschel 1 1 69 71 71 211
T52 Abraham Ancer 1 2 69 70 72 211
T59 Sepp Straka 2 1 70 71 71 212
T59 Byeong-Hun An 2 1 72 69 71 212
T59 Tiger Woods 2 2 68 72 72 212
T59 Tom Hoge 2 2 72 68 72 212
T59 Jim Herman 2 2 71 69 72 212
T59 Gary Woodland 2 3 67 72 73 212
T59 Kevin Streelman 2 3 69 70 73 212
T59 Viktor Hovland 2 3 68 71 73 212
T59 Joost Luiten 2 3 71 68 73 212
T68 Rory Sabbatini 3 2 71 70 72 213
T68 Adam Long 3 2 73 68 72 213
T70 Bubba Watson 4 3 70 71 73 214
T70 Danny Lee 4 4 69 71 74 214
T70 Robert MacIntyre 4 4 73 67 74 214
T73 Erik van Rooyen 5 4 71 70 74 215
T73 Matt Wallace 5 4 71 70 74 215
T75 Chez Reavie 6 5 71 70 75 216
T75 J.T. Poston 6 5 67 74 75 216
T75 Ryan Palmer 6 6 74 66 76 216
T78 Jordan Spieth 7 6 73 68 76 217
T78 Sung Kang 7 6 70 71 76 217