Johnson could be the primary participant since Woods in 2002 to win the Masters whereas ranked No.1 if he ultimately dons the Green Jacket and wins his second main after so many close to misses.
An impeccable seven-under 65 left him on 200 — 16-under-par — equaling Jordan Spieth’s 54-hole file rating on the Masters — and inside attain of the file 18-under match tally achieved by Woods in 1997 and matched by Spieth in 2015.
“I’ve been playing really well so I knew I just needed to get a few putts to drop,” Johnson informed Sky Sports. “There are so many really good players around the lead. I am going to have to play well to go and win tomorrow.”
“My game is in good shape so hopefully tomorrow you will see a lot of what I did today,” Johnson mentioned. “I just have to go out and execute. I have a game plan and I am going to stick to it.”
Starting his third-round in a five-way tie for the lead at nine-under-par, Johnson put rapid daylight between himself and his chasers by choosing up 5 shots in seven holes, together with an imperious eagle on the par-5 second gap and three birdies.
He watched on as enjoying accomplice and world quantity two Jon Rahm noticed his problem fade with a double bogey on the eighth and made two extra birdies on his again 9 to finish a faultless bogey-free spherical.
South Korea’s Sungjae Im, enjoying his first Masters, is main the chase alongside Mexico’s Abraham Ancer and Cameron Smith of Australia on 204 — 12-under-par — with South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli an extra shot again.
World quantity three Justin Thomas is six adrift, with Rahm seven again after a disappointing level-par 72 on shifting day.
Woods, who promised a lot after his first spherical 68, noticed his problem peter out as he couldn’t enhance on the five-under mark he reached after finishing his second spherical early on Saturday.
Bogeys on the eighth and 11th noticed him slip again to three-over earlier than he fought again with birdies on the 12th and 15th on his solution to level-par 72.
Woods, not shifting as simply as on the primary two days, admitted that fatigue had received the higher of his close to 45-year-old physique after having to finish his second spherical earlier than a fast turnaround for his third.
“I’m tired. I’ve been up for quite some time, (since) 3:15 this morning. It’s been a long day, a long grind,” he informed Sky Sports
“It feels like it’s about midnight right about now. I can’t believe there’s this much daylight left. We’ve been out here forever.”
Woods realizes he will not be including a 16th main to his tally, however continues to be hoping for a powerful end on Sunday.
“Well I certainly can’t win it from where I’m at, but I certainly can make a bunch of birdies and maybe squeak myself into a top-10 finish.”
Grand Slam looking for Rory McIlroy revived his hopes with a five-under 67, however was unable to benefit from the par-five 13th and 15th holes on the again 9, dropping a shot on the previous with a three-putt and salvaging par on the different after going into the water.
He birdied the 16th to get to eight-under total, ruing his first spherical 75 that left him a lot to do to win his fifth main and full the set.
“I have probably given myself too much to do after the 75, but we will see where this leaves me,” he informed Sky Sports.
“I haven’t made a good run here on Sunday so it’s about time,” he added.
McIlroy and the opposite hopefuls will probably be hoping the strain of management tells on Johnson, who has held the 54-hole benefit in majors on four earlier events, together with this yr’s PGA Championship in San Francisco, and did not get the job accomplished.
But the indicators are ominous, with Johnson setting one other file as his spherical on Saturday was his 10th successive under-par rating within the Masters, matching the file held by Woods.
Earlier, Bryson DeChambeau, who examined destructive for Covid-19 on Friday after feeling dizzy on the course, bogeyed the ultimate two holes as he accomplished his second spherical, however scraped via on the reduce line of level-par.
The reigning US Open champion then salvaged some satisfaction together with his finest spherical of the week, a three-under 69.