|-13 D Johnson (US); -11 V Perez (Fra); -10 T Hatton (Eng), A Sullivan (Eng), T Finau (US), S Kjeldsen (Den); -9 R Fox (NZ), D Horsey (Eng), C Hill (Sco), V Hovland (Nor), S Garcia (Spa), G Coetzee (SA), M Kaymer (Ger)|
|Chosen others:-8 L Canter (Eng), J Rose (Eng), S Gallacher (Sco), M Southgate (Eng); -7 B DeChambeau (US), I Poulter (Eng); -6 L Westwood (Eng), P Casey (Eng), S Lowry (Ire); -4 T Fleetwood (-4); -3 P Mickelson (US), R Fisher (Eng), J Morrison (Eng); -2 J Donaldson (Wal); +3 G McDowell (NI)|
World primary Dustin Johnson takes a two-shot lead into the ultimate spherical of the Saudi Worldwide after posting a four-under-par 66 on Saturday.
Johnson, 34, produced consecutive birdies on the seventeenth and 18th holes to go 13 below and transfer away from France’s Victor Perez who shot a bogey-free 66.
Englishmen Tyrell Hatton and Andy Sullivan are in a gaggle of 4 who sit in joint third, all on 10 below.
Scotsman Stephen Gallacher shot two over and dropped from first to 14th.
“It is at all times good to win irrespective of when it’s. It is a actually good area. I might undoubtedly be very happy,” mentioned Johnson, who received the inaugural Saudi Worldwide in 2019.
The Masters Champion picked up 4 birdies in his opening 10 holes however then dropped his first photographs of the event on the par-four thirteenth after discovering the water, earlier than atoning for the double bogey together with his late birdies.
“It was a very good end,” he mentioned. “I felt like I performed rather well all day, aside from 13, however I did not suppose I hit that unhealthy a shot,”
Sergio Garcia shot 64, the bottom spherical of the day, sufficient to raise the Spaniard into a gaggle of seven on 9 below, alongside the likes of England’s David Horsey, who equalled the course report of 61 on day one.
American Bryson DeChambeau is amongst these on seven below after a 68 in spherical three.
Northern Eire’s Graeme McDowell, the winner right here final 12 months, struggled on Saturday – he recorded 5 bogeys to complete three over par.
Gamers have defended their participation in the Saudi International following criticism from human rights teams who say the nation is utilizing sport to bury its human rights report.