Thomas Pieters is the Belgian Bomber.
He smashes drives well past the 300-yard mark with ease.
Zach Johnson goes from point A to point B with precision.
Those two opposites are tied at the top after 54 holes at the WGC-Bridgestone.
Both holed birdie putts at the 18th hole to go nine-under par for the tournament. Johnson made his from 10 feet, Pieters surprised everyone with a 32-footer that smashed into the back of the cup and dove into the hole for his three.
“Clearly the putts were good,” said Johnson, the two-time major champion who shot 65 after hitting 15 of 18 greens. “I gave myself a lot of opportunities.”
Pieters looked like he would go really low after five birdies over his first eight holes got him to 10-under. But bogeys at nine, 13, 14 and 17 slowed his momentum.
The two leaders are a shot in front of Aussie Scott Hend, who had an amazing round. He shot 63 and had just 22 putts. But consider that he had two three-putt greens. He three-putted the par five second for par then three-putted the par three seventh from 24 feet. That meant he one-putted the other 16 holes. “I made some great up-and-downs,” he said after registering eight birdies and that single bogey.
Hideki Matsuyama goes into the final round just two off the lead after shooting 67.
Jordan Spieth started well but couldn’t find enough fairways to sustain his round. A 71 dropped him to two-under, seven back of the co-leaders.
Overnight leader Jimmy Walker had a miserable day. He shot 74 and fell back to three-under.