Johnson looking to follow up Saturday sizzler

28 June 2020 20:48:01 GMTPlus10

Former world number one Dustin Johnson has put himself in position to challenge for the 21st PGA Tour title of his career in the Travelers Championship at River Highlands.

Johnson carded a magnificent third-round 61 to reach 16 under par through 54 holes in Connecticut and the 2016 US Open champion is only two shots off the lead going into Sunday's denouement.

Brendon Todd also fired a third-round 61 to propel himself atop the leaderboard and the resurgent 34-year-old is gunning for a fourth PGA Tour victory.

I just need to get myself in a position where I've got a chance to make a putt.

Dustin Johnson

Todd, who came close to retirement at the end of a miserable 2018, has revived his career in remarkable fashion. He won the Bermuda Championship by four shots in November last year, then quickly followed up with the Mayakoba Classic title.

The 34-year-old will have high hopes of success given the way Johnson performed when he was in the final two-ball in the Valspar Championship and the RBC Heritage last year.

Johnson slumped to a 74 in the Valspar and a 77 in the Heritage – and this is the first time he has accessed a final pairing since.

The South Carolinian's last victory came 16 months ago, but he feels confident.

"I'm very happy with the way I played," said Johnson. "I gave myself a lot of looks. Every hole, I felt like I was giving myself an opportunity to make birdie, and I feel like I'm rolling the putter well, so I just need to get myself in a position where I've got a chance to make a putt."

Johnson, who was a 28/1 chance ante-post, is 1.001 with 18 holes to play, while leader Todd can be backed at 3001.00.

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