Bubba Watson’s 65 gives him lead heading into final round of Genesis Open
Northern Ireland’s McDowell is still in contention in California.
American Bubba Watson takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the Genesis Open after carding a six-under round of 65 on Saturday.
Watson, a two-time winner of the tournament, began the day in sixth but started as he meant to go on with a second shot on the par-5 first landing within inches of the pin.
He holed the putt for eagle and went on to card five birdies – the sole blot on the book a bogey at the par-four 15th.
Patrick Cantlay, who held the joint lead at the half-way point in the tournament, leads the chasing pack.
His round of 69 puts him a shot behind Watson on nine-under, while four players sit a shot further behind.
Graeme McDowell – who was sitting top of the tree after Friday – shot a one-under round and fell to eight-under for the tournament, alongside Tony Finau, Kevin Nau and Cameron Smith.
Graeme McDowell after 36 holes this season:— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 17, 2018
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Dustin Johnson played himself into contention with a round of 64, jumping 45 places up the leaderboard and into tied for eighth.
Starting on the back nine, Johnson began steady carding a birdie, but went on to pick up shots on the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th, and an eagle on the 1st.
74 on Thursday. 64 on Saturday.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 17, 2018
DJ charges into the top 10 at 6 under. pic.twitter.com/871tCgiSGu
Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut at last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, fell to par for the tournament after a round of 73, which included a double bogey in the par-4 12th.