Ranked Johnson wins Canadian Open

Whee Kim is seeking a first PGA Tour victory

South Korea's Kim Whee turned in an error-free front nine that featured four birdies to sit alone on top of the Canadian Open leaderboard midway through Saturday's third round, fighting off a challenge from hard-charging world number one Dustin Johnson.

With 18 PGA Tour wins, including two this season, Johnson will head into Sunday's final round as the heavy favorite since the three other men sharing the lead are all chasing maiden PGA Tour titles.

The American star missed the cut at The Open but Johnson has regrouped in Canada, setting the Glen Abbey Golf Course alight with a sizzling penultimate round.

"With my ties to Canada, Paulina and her dad being Wayne Gretzky I definitely get a lot of fans that pull for Wayne, pull for me".

"Obviously I have a lot of fans out there thanks to Wayne and the family and I appreciate all the support", said Johnson, who is married to Canadian hockey great Wayne Gretzky's daughter Paulina.

"I like the golf course, my game is in really good form, I have a lot of confidence in it but I'm going to have to go out and play really well tomorrow".

Johnson, who has twice been T2 at this tournament, in 2016 and 2013, birdied his first two holes and the eighth and then waited out an hour and 40-minute weather delay, to win his third event of the PGA Tour season and 19th of his career with a score of 23-under par.




"That's the goal for me the last couple years, getting to East Lake and kind of secure my chance at playing in all four majors", he said. So to get it done here, knowing there were four of us tied for the lead, I knew I was going to have to go out and play a good round of golf if I wanted to win. "But, yeah, overall I'm very satisfied with the week", said Hughes, who is projected to climb 22 spots in the FedExCup standings to No 152.

"It motivated me and I've definitely improved my game in the last few years". But I felt like I hit the ball plenty good enough to be under par after 2 days, and I was 5 over or something. "Started rolling the putter a lot better here this week".

He converted a 12-foot birdie at the eighth to increase his lead to three shots, before a weather delay stopped play for nearly two hours. But he plummeted 42 spots down the leaderboard Sunday, and finished with a double bogey on No. 18, eliciting a groan from the crowd when he hit the ball into the water.

Keegan Bradley had a 64 to finish fourth at 19 under.

Miguel Angel Jimenez became the first Spaniard to win the Senior British Open in St. Andrews, Scotland, edging defending champion Bernhard Langer by one shot. He shot a 9-under-par 63 on Friday - tied for round-of-the-week - but was 10 shots worse on Saturday. "But I was, like, 'This is very chip-in-able and if I do it with the jersey on, it's way cooler'".

Jutanugarn also won the U.S. Women's Open and Kingsmill Championship this year.

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