Johnson extends lead to six in Shanghai

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World No 1 Dustin Johnson remains the player to beat after he extended his advantage to six shots over fellow American Brooks Koepka with a third round four-under-par 68 at the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Starting the day with a one-shot lead, Johnson posted a three-day total of 17-under-par 199 on a wind-swept day at the Sheshan International Golf Club.

Koepka’s title ambitions took a dent when he mixed his card with five birdies, three bogeys and a triple-bogey for a 73. The 2017 U.S. Open winner will start his final round in second place while Olympics Silver Medalist Henrik Stenson of Sweden will begin his in third place after signing for a 69.

Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat had a day to forget when he returned with a 75 having started the day in tied-third place. Compatriot Poom Saksansin, on the other hand, enjoyed his best round so far with a 68 that moved him into a share of 15th place.

Malaysia’s Gavin Green, the current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, signed for a 73 that placed him in equal 21st place.

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