Johnson fires 64 to sneak back in hunt for claret jug

Former Coastal Carolina University All-American and Myrtle Beach resident Dustin Johnson turned in his best round since his fateful fall before The Masters by shooting a 6-under-par 64 in Saturday’s third round of the British Open.

Johnson made six birdies in his bogey-free round at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, allowing him to move from a tie for 35th place entering Saturday to tied for seventh heading into Sunday’s final round. He trails leader Jordan Speith by seven strokes.

Johnson has been on a roller coaster ride of a season after claiming the No. 1 world golf ranking. A slip on the stairs forced him to withdraw from The Masters. He had missed the cut in his last two events, including a poor title-defense showing the U.S. Open.

Johnson said that he prepared by watching video footage of his winning performances in World Golf Championship play -the Mexico Championship and Dell Technologies Match Play. He will need to go low again Sunday to contend for his first claret jug.

Photo courtesy of PGA Tour

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