Kisner, DJ headline WGC-HSBC field through 54

Third Round — World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions – Sheshan

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

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

International Golf Club — Shanghai, China —

American Kevin Kisner leads the WGC-HSBC Champions in China through 54 holes at Sheshan International Golf Club.

Kisner, a runner-up on multiple occasions last season including THE PLAYERS Championship, is 16-under and a shot clear of Dustin Johnson, Russell Knox and Hao-Tong Li.

Kisner opened the week as a 100-to-1 long shot bet at

Johnson, the 2013 champion at this event, moved closer to the lead with a third-round 7-under-65. DJ won the WGC-Cadillac Championship last March.

DJ wasn’t the only high-profile player to rally on Moving Day as World No. 2 Jordan Spieth posted a bogey-free 9-under-63. Spieth jumped to a tie for 5th-place alongside Ross Fisher and Patrick Reed at 13-under. Spieth is just three back moving into the final round and looks destined to return to HSBC-WGC ART (9.1.09)the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Rory McIlroy, the overall betting favorite heading into China, is T-21 at 8-under. he finished 6th last week on the European Tour at the Turkish Airlines Open. He continues to lead the Race To Dubai Standings, as this is the second week of the four-tournament The Final Series.

Li could be the biggest story this week if he can pull off the victory. He was listed as as super long shot at 400-1 odds.

Look for Johnson to apply pressure early Sunday as a 15-1 betting selection. He is the favorite at this point to win his second WGC event in the 2015 calendar year.

Other Golf news:

  • Michael Allen (11-under) pulled two shots ahead of Bernhard Langer at the season-finale Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Arizona through two rounds. Billy Andrade and Kenny Perry are T-3 at 8-under. Langer is sevePGA TOURn shots clear of Cup standings leader Colin Montgomerie (T-18 at 2-under).
  • American Roberto Castro (62-67) leads the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi. Round two action is finishing up Saturday thanks to weather delays. Castro, a 50-1 underdog, currently tops the leader board at 15-under — four shots up on Bryce Molder, Jhonattan Vegas and D.J. Trahan.
  • Jenny Shin shot 7-under-65 to reach 13-under through two rounds at the LPGA Tour’s TOTO Japan Classic. Shin leads Ha-Neul Kim by a shot. Angela Stanford headlines a group at T-3 at 11-under, while Lexi Thompson and Yani Tseng are T-8. The tour moves to Mexico next week 186px-Ladies_Professional_Golf_Association.svgbefore returning to the U.S. for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.