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The Masters: Dustin Johnson wary of chasing pack as he takes big lead into final round

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Dustin Johnson is in charge at Augusta (Picture: Getty Images)

Dustin Johnson takes a four-shot lead into the final round of the Masters, but knows he must still play well on Sunday given the quality of players in the chasing pack.

The world number one is 16-under-par after three rounds, shooting his second round of 65 this week on Saturday at Augusta.

It has been a superb performance so far from the American, but plenty of others have turned in impressive displays as well.

The likes of Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed and Tommy Fleetwood are all in the top 10 going into Sunday’s action and Johnson knows he cannot take his foot off the gas if he wants to claim the green jacket for the first time.

‘Well I’ve been playing really well so I knew I just needed to get a few putts to drop,’ Johnson told Sky Sports. ‘It was a really good day, I’ve been swinging well all week, I know if I can just get it on the fairway I will get a lot of good chances at birdie.

‘Today, getting off to a good start, I tried to stay patient, be aggressive when I could, when I was really comfortable with the numbers that I had, I’d play aggressive, when I wasn’t I’d play a bit away from the flag and try to leave myself a good putt for birdie.

‘A few more [shots lead] would be a little more comfortable, again, there’s so many really good players right around the lead, I’m going to have to go out and play well if I want to win tomorrow.

‘The game’s in good shape, I’m very confident in what I’m doing so hopefully tomorrow you’ll see a lot of what you did today.

‘Just got to go out and execute [on Sunday], I’ve got a game plan and I’m going to stick to it.

‘Hopefully I can go and execute tomorrow and shoot a nice number.’

It is actually three less likely names that are closest to Johnson on the leaderboard, with Sungjae Im, Abraham Ancer and Cameron Smith all on 12-under.

None could keep up with Johnson, though, who shot the best round of the day on Saturday.

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