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Zach Johnson had little to be upset about on a solid Saturday. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Zach Johnson had little to be upset about on a solid Saturday. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

With stellar 68, Johnson rediscovers his Masters touch

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Feeling like he did on that magical weekend at Augusta National, Zach Johnson made his first Open Championship cut in four tries on Friday. He followed it up Saturday with a superb bogey-free round and thinks he's still got a shot.

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (PA) -- Masters champion Zach Johnson has rediscovered the feeling he had when he won at Augusta in April after a 3-under-par third-round 68 at Carnoustie on Saturday.

If the 31-year-old Iowan was looking for omens, the fact he made his first cut at the Open Championship in four attempts was certainly a start. He built on that Saturday with a superb bogey-free round, opening with a birdie at the 406-yard first in an outward nine of 35.

He picked up further shots at the 13th and 14th, and then laid up at the fearsome 499-yard par-4 closing hole before chipping close to secure par and a round that left him 1 over for the tournament.

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"It was good and solid. Early on it could have been a lot better, I missed a lot of putts but all in all I'm very pleased," said Johnson. "Hopefully I can keep the momentum going tomorrow. I am very pleased with my game and I hope I can maintain it. I hit the ball a lot more solid, the most solid for two weeks.

"That has similarities with Augusta and I had some of the same feelings (as at the Masters) today," he explained. "Execution -- that is what I did at Augusta on the back nine. I executed pretty much every shot.

"I just wanted to get myself into a position today to have the opportunity [to win]," he said. "Potentially, I am in that position."

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