Birdies are to be had, but balls are also to be swallowed by deep rough and Cypress trees, too.
There have been plenty of close calls for Johnson. In this case, his brother had a spare yardage book. Actually, Johnson lost his, and had to rely on his brother and caddie, A.J., for the intricate details at Harding Park.
Fowler finished the hole with double-bogey and made another bogey two holes later.
Koepka is aiming to make history this week by becoming the first player in more than a century to win the same major in three consecutive years. And instead of chasing Li Haotong, he's trying to catch his workout buddy, 2016 U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson, who shot 65. "I've been in contention a lot, and I've got it done a lot of times". [On Sunday], it's no different.
"I'm going to have to play good golf if I want to win".
And that was despite hitting just four fairways.
"Level par wasn't a bad score and today I feel like my game is improving day by day since I've come back".
Adding to the drama will be the lack of atmosphere, this being the first major without spectators. He has yet to win on the PGA Tour.
His approach shot on 18 was the kind of vintage Tiger that keeps his fans coming back, a dart from 208 yards out that curled to within five feet of the cup.
"I had to play well, " he said. To have a chance, I had to shoot a pretty good round at least. "Now anything can happen to anyone". Even that might not have stopped Johnson from making his most birdies in any round of a major. Walter Hagen won the PGA four straight times from 1924-27. When I've been in this position before, I've capitalized.
"A lot of the guys on the leaderboard, I don't think have won. I'm playing good. I don't know, we'll see". "They understand how to win major championships, how to win the big events, how to plod their way along, how hard it is to win these big events".
It's just one example of what Johnson has endured in the majors. If it was bothering him in the third round, it didn't show.
Rose couldn't get much going Saturday, settling for a 70 that kept him within reach of the leaders.
It's tough to argue with the sixth-ranked golfer in the world, as his results in major championships have been incredible since breaking through with his first victory at the 2017 U.S. Open.
But opening with a three-under 67, he raced out of the blocks on day two. Still, he has a chance to nab his second PGA Championship.