We're three rounds through the 2020 PGA Championship, and the winner is still far from certain. A large number of golfers can make a strong challenge for the Wanamaker Trophy.
Dustin Johnson leads the group after a roller-coaster 5-under-par 65 Saturday that featured eight birdies at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. Haotong Li, whose out-of-nowhere performance in Round 2 (5-under 65) pushed him to the top of the leaderboard, tumbled off his perch with a 3-over 73. A dozen golfers are separated by three strokes after 54 holes, meaning there will be an intense race to the finish Sunday.
There were a few storylines to monitor as Round 3 progressed Saturday, including whether two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka's hip — which required attention from a trainer multiple times on Friday — would continue to be problematic for him. Observers were curious to see whether Li's performance would change after he spent several hours practicing after his second round. The answers to those questions: No, and yes.
Tiger Woods was another golfer to watch; he suffered from an abysmal short game on Friday, which kept him close to the cut line. He's an even longer shot now to win his fifth PGA Championship and earn a record 83rd PGA Tour victory after another round above par.
Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from the 2020 PGA Championship leaders. Follow below for complete results from Saturday's Round 3 (all times Eastern):
PGA Championship leaderboard 2020
PGA Championship updates, highlights from Round 3
10 p.m.: Li went from leading by two at the start of his round to trailing by four after the end of it. A 38 on the back nine and low scores by his purusers were the culprits. He'll have a about an hour on the range and practice green Saturday night to work on his game.
9:30 p.m: Koepka will need to go really low Sunday to three-peat. Consecutive bogeys on 13, 14 and 15 have put him three behind the leader as he plays the 18th. (UPDATE: He birdied 18 to end his third round at 7 under for the tournament, two behind Johnson.)
9:15 p.m.: Dustin Johnson is the new clubhouse leader at 9 under. He stormed to the top with a 5-under 65.
Dustin Johnson with his EIGHTH birdie of the day.— GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) August 9, 2020
He now sits atop the leaderboard at the PGA Championship. pic.twitter.com/gOA0ucu1Gu
8:45 p.m.: Li (-9) is back on top, but now he's joined by Cameron Champ. If you're not familiar with Champ, here's a quick look at his swing:
8:20 p.m.: Scottie Scheffler moves into the lead with a birdie at 17, his third in a row. He's at 9 under, one ahead of Li, Koepka and Dustin Johnson.
NEW LEADER— GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) August 9, 2020
Scottie Scheffler grabs the lead at -9 with his third straight birdie. pic.twitter.com/xvouwRYZ3b
8:20 p.m.: DeChambeau closes with a flourish, draining this long-distance putt at 18 to put him at 6 under.
8 p.m.: The top of the leaderboard remains crowded as the final pairing makes the turn. Li (8 under) is back in the lead, but he misses a birdie putt on 9, so he's up by just one over Collin Morikawa (65), Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger.
7:25 p.m.: Li gives up the lead with a bogey on 5.
7:20 p.m.: DeChambeau is just two behind the leaders, and he's rolling in long putts:
6:55 p.m.: Four holes, four pars for Li, who still leads by one.
6:35 p.m.: Koepka, balky hip and all, makes it a five-way tie for second (7 under) with a birdie at 4.
6:30 p.m.: Li putts for birdie on each of his first two holes but leaves both attempts well short. He saves par both times.
6:15 p.m.: Scottie Sheffler holes out from the bunker and moves into a tie for second. (UPDATE: He shot a 31 on the front nine with five birdies.)
Can't do it any better than this.— GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) August 8, 2020
Scottie Scheffler holes out to move to -7, just one shot back. pic.twitter.com/0JAmKUZuCr
6 p.m.: Li, after hours on the driving range and practice green, is back on the course to begin his third round as the leader.
4:56 p.m.: Not Tiger's best round, but that is an absurd level of consistency.
Tiger Woods has made at least one birdie in every round of his career at the PGA Championship.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 8, 2020
Now 75 rounds and counting ... pic.twitter.com/gcDZngNurd
3:30 p.m.: This close to a hole in one:
2:10 p.m.: Phil making eagles like it's no big deal.
1:53 p.m.: A reminder of just how dedicated Haotong Li is.
1:06 p.m.: Justin Thomas is on the prowl.