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Favorites rising into mix around globe

Dustin Johnson current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) ***Local Caption*** Dustin Johnson

High-profile golfersĀ and betting favorites have positioned themselves heading into the final rounds around the globe.

Dustin Johnson, No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings, rallied with a 8-under-64 in the third round of the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Champonship in the United Arab Emirates.

DJ is T-2 alongside former World No. 1 Martin Kaymer, Tommy Fleetwood, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Pablo Larrazabal at 12-under and one back of overnight leader Tyrrell Hatton, who is suddenly 23rd in the world rankings.

DJ, last year’s US Open champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year, opened the week as a 6-to-1 betting favorite at Golfodds.com, while Kaymer and Hatton were both listed at 25-1.

Other Golf News:

  • Phil Mickelson’s second-round 66 moved up closer to the lead at the PGA Tour’s CareerBuilder Challenge in the Palm Springs desert. Phil is T-6 at 10-under chasing Hudson Swafford, who sits at 14-under after opening up 65-65. Phil was a 25-1 pick — third best option on the board. Swafford was a 50-1 longer shot. PGA Tour winners Danny Lee (T-2 at 13-under) and Brendan Steele (T-3 at 12-under) are in the mix.
  • Adam Scott (8-under with holes to play in round three) is part of a four-way tie at the top of the leader board at the Asian Tour’s SMBC Singapore Open. Darkness has delayed the close of the round three. Scott opened the week as a 3 1/2-to-1 betting favorite.
  • Bernhard Langer (15-under) leads Fred Couples by a shot with 18 holes to play at the Mitsubishi Electric tournament on the PGA Tour Champions in Hawaii.