One of the few players in the field who has the firepower to match Rory is Dustin Johnson. DJ shot a seven-under 65 to get to eight-under total, four strokes behind McIlroy. Johnson is one of the best players in the game, and he will have an opportunity to win his first major this weekend.
After Dustin fired a bogey-less 65, he said, “I played really solid from start to finish. I felt like I played really well. I rolled the putter pretty well. I didn’t really make any long ones. The longest one I made, probably about a 15, 20-footer on 11. But everything else was six, seven feet. I just struck it really well today.”
Johnson birdied 1, 3, and 5 for a front nine 32. He added birdies on 10 and 11 as well as 17 and 18 to keep pace with Rory who also lit up the course for seven birdies.
The 8-time PGA Tour winner will look to repeat his performance tomorrow, “I’m glad I’m in the last group. I’m going to go out and play my game. I can’t worry about what he’s doing. Just go out there and try to shoot a big number.”
Dustin has been in the final group of a major before, so look for him to hang in there throughout the weekend.