Brooks Koepka closes in on golf’s world No 1 ranking

Brooks Koepka has improved his chances of taking over as the No 1 golfer in the world, shooting a five-under 67 on  Saturday to take a four-stroke lead after three rounds of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.

Koepka had a three-round total of 13-under 203. Ian Poulter, who shot 68 on Saturday, was tied for second place with second-round leader Scott Piercy, who had a 72.

The 28-year-old Koepka, who trailed by one stroke after two rounds, will move to the top of the world rankings if he wins the tournament and former No 1 Justin Thomas, the defending champion here, does not finish any better than second.

Brooks Koepka has improved his chances of taking over as the No 1 golfer in the world

Brooks Koepka has improved his chances of taking over as the No 1 golfer in the world

Brooks Koepka has improved his chances of taking over as the No 1 golfer in the world

The American shot five-under 67 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead at the CJ Cup

The American shot five-under 67 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead at the CJ Cup

The American shot five-under 67 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead at the CJ Cup

Koepka has a three-round total of 13-under 203 going into the final day at Nine Bridges

Koepka has a three-round total of 13-under 203 going into the final day at Nine Bridges

Koepka has a three-round total of 13-under 203 going into the final day at Nine Bridges

LEADERBOARD 

1. Brooks Koepka -13

T2. Ian Poulter, Scott Piercy -9

T4. Rafa Cabrera Bello, Cameron Smith -8 

Thomas shot a 71 Saturday and is at one-under, 11 strokes behind Koepka and tied for 43rd.

Dustin Johnson is currently No 1, Koepka is second and Thomas third.

There were six golfers tied for fourth, including Rafa Cabrera Bello, who shot 65 Saturday, and first-round leader Chez Reavie (70).

Shubhankar Sharma of India had the round of the day, a 64, to move to three-under, 10 strokes behind Koepka.

Ian Poulter (pictured), who shot 68 on Saturday, was tied for second place with Scott Piercy

Ian Poulter (pictured), who shot 68 on Saturday, was tied for second place with Scott Piercy

Ian Poulter (pictured), who shot 68 on Saturday, was tied for second place with Scott Piercy

To be continued

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