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Johnson holds 4-stroke lead at The Masters

Dustin Johnson is 1 round away from his 1st green native.

The Irmo native and Dutch Fork High School graduate has a 4-shot lead at The Masters going into Saturday’s final round.

The world’s top-ranked player shot a 3rd round score of 7-under 65. He finished the day 16-under 200 to match the 54-hole record of Jordan Spieth set in 2015. 

“If I can play like I did today, I think it will break that streak,” said Johnson Saturday, reflecting on his losses at majors in which he had the lead. “Tomorrow, it’s just 18 holes of golf. I need to go out and play solid. I feel like I’m swinging really well. If I can just continue to give myself a lot of looks at birdie, I think I’ll have a good day.”

Looking to catch Johnson are tournament rookies Sungjae Im and Abraham Ancer. 

Johnson, who had to sit out two tournaments after testing positive for the coronavirus a month ago, still came into the Masters having won twice, finishing runner-up three times and tying for sixth in the U.S. Open.

“I’m very comfortable with having the lead going into tomorrow. I’ve been in this situation a lot of times,” Johnson said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge. It’s still going to be a tough day. I’m going to have to play well if I want to get it done.”

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