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LIV Golf LIVE: Day 3 standings and scores as Dustin Johnson chases Carlos Ortiz

Carlos Ortiz leads Dustin Johnson by a stroke after the first round at LIV Portland

Follow all the action as Dustin Johnson and Carlos Ortiz take the lead in the final round of the second LIV Golf event.

Johnson birdied eight in a round of 68 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland, Oregon yesterday as the former world No. 1 seeks to snatch the £3.25million top prize. Ortiz, one of the new signings in the Saudi-backed breakaway, shot a 69 to ensure he joined Johnson at the top of the standings at eight under par. Their closest challenger comes in the form of Branden Grace, who is two shots back. Fellow South African Justin Harding starts a shot further at five under par, while Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed are still with an outside chance as they start four shots off the lead.

Phil Mickelson, who endured another torrid week after his calamitous performance at the US Open, is certainly not ready to press charges. The 52-year-old is six over par but will be back in action as LIV Golf events do not feature a cup. In the team event, 4 Aces GC, captained by Johnson, lead with -15. The all-South African side Stingers GC, who won at the Centurion Club last month, go second. Follow all the actions below:

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After missing a short on the final hole, Ortiz kept his composure to save the par 9. He made the turn to 35 but what was at one point a four stroke lead was reduced to two by Johnson and Grace.

Tom KershawJuly 2, 2022 11:53 p.m.

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Patrick Reed is two under for his round so far, but a birdie chance increases to 11 and he remains four shots off the lead.

The lowest current round to date comes from Phachara Khongwatmai. The 23-year-old is four under on 10 holes, which is quite a turnaround, having shot 77 and 75 respectively on Thursday and Friday.

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Grace leads the green on the 8th for 330 yards and two putts for a birdie. He moves to -8 and is quickly joined at that mark by Johnson, who has reduced his approach to just a few yards. Ortiz can only make par and the lead is down to two.

Tom KershawJuly 2, 2022 11:35 p.m.

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There’s the first crack in Ortiz’s armor. He fires a short putt to save the par on the 7th and goes down to -10. Johnson has almost an identical putt for the birdie, knows the line and rolls it confidently in the middle of the hole. Ortiz still has a three-stroke lead, but there were signs of nervousness from the Mexican and it’s a big change of momentum.

Tom KershawJuly 2, 2022 11:23 p.m.

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Ortiz’s momentum has slowed down a bit with pars at 5 and 6 but the Mexican is still far ahead with a four shot lead.

The team event is a bit tighter, with the 4 Aces (Johnson, Perez, Reed, Gooch) two shots ahead of the Fireballs (Ortiz, Ancer, Garcia, Lopez).

Tom KershawJuly 2, 2022 11:07 p.m.

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LIV Golf has just announced Paul Casey as its latest marquee recruit. The Englishman, who once said he would refuse to play in Saudi Arabia because he was a UNICEF ambassador, has been absent from the PGA Tour with a back injury since March.

Tom KershawJuly 2, 2022 11:02 p.m.

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Few saw Matthew Wolff’s downfall come after such an exciting start to his PGA Tour career, with top-five finishes at the US Open and PGA Championship in 2020. He fell nearly 50 spots in the world rankings, but a fantastic approach to the 9th serve. as a reminder of his talent. It’s a tap-in to back-to-back birdies for the 23-year-old. It is now at -3.

Tom KershawJuly 2, 2022 10:43 p.m.

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Ortiz also birdies the fourth! The Mexican is three under on four holes and, after seeing that putt fall, Johnson misses a short one for par. Ortiz now has a four shot lead over Harding. Johnson returns to -6 where he is joined by Reed and Grace.

Tom KershawJuly 2, 2022 10:34 p.m.

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