Red-hot Dustin Johnson surges into lead at Travelers

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Todd, chasing his third win of the 2019-2020 season, posted nine birdies in a bogey-free round at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.

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The former world No 1 did well to roll in a seven-foot putt to limit the damage to a bogey-six, but he bounced back immediately with another flawless putt from 15 feet for birdie at 14, where Todd dropped another shot to tumble out of the top 10.

On the back nine, back-to-back birdies came at the 13th and 14th to propel him up the leaderboard, but when his tee shot on the driveable par-four 15th found the water, it yielded another dropped shot, with another bogey following at 18 to take him back to 10-under.

After a bogey on the seventh which saw him relinquish a share of the lead, Johnson bounced back with a curling 27-foot birdie putt on the eighth to get back to 18 under. "I'm just riding the confidence I had last fall when I was playing well", said Todd, who won back-to-back tournaments last November.

Both players had strong finishes, birdieing four of their last seven holes, with Todd setting the record for the lowest score at the Travelers Championship after 54 holes, while Johnson's round was the lowest of his PGA Tour career.

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As for Todd, his steady day quickly turned into a disaster as a triple-bogey 7 on No. 12 ended a run of 11 straight pars to open his day and put him five strokes back of Johnson at 15 under.

An 18ft birdie putt took him to five under on the 10th, and then back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes vaulted him into the lead on 14 under overall alongside Brendon Todd. Second-round leader Phil Mickelson was one-over par and is now six strokes back headed into today's final round. Yesterday's third round had teed off early in an effort to avert disruption from poor weather forecast for later.

But the 2014 champion was unable to bogey the last as he settled for a 67 and the clubhouse lead on 18 under, leaving Johnson needing just a par to win for the first time since the WGC-Mexico Championship in February past year.

Johnson resisted the urge to play cautiously and hammered his final drive over 350 yards down the fairway, flicked a wedge to the heart of the green and two-putted for the winning par and a one-shot victory over Streelman, with Will Gordon (64) and Mackenzie Hughes (67) sharing third on 17 under.

Rory McIlroy also struggled to get firing and the world number one is eight shots adrift after a one-under 69.

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