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Sunday, 12 August 2018
Jon Rahm  (Getty Images)
Jon Rahm (Getty Images)

Jon Rahm will head into the final round of the US PGA Championship on Sunday just three shots off the lead - but he is refusing to think about winning his first Major just yet.

The Spaniard knows what it takes to perform under pressure on a Sunday, having won two Rolex Series events and his home Open for his three victories on the European Tour.

Now he heads out for the final round of Major golf in 2018 three shots behind two-time defending US Open champion Brooks Koepka after a bogey-free third-round 66 at Bellerive Country Club.

That is three shots better off than he was when he entered the last round of this season's Masters Tournament, where he ended the week four shots behind Green Jacket winner Patrick Reed.

But despite having his best chance yet to enter the history books, the World Number Seven is refusing to get carried away.

I'll just keep doing the same thing, keep trusting my game and keep hitting the shots that I've been hitting - Jon Rahm

"I dare to dream of accomplishing one of my goals this year, which is having a chance on a Sunday in a Major," he said. "Right now is not the time to think about what would it feel like to win. 

"We still have 18 holes to play. If by any chance, by any possibility, I hit a shot into the 18th green to within easy two-putt range and I have more than a one-shot lead, at that point, I allow myself to dream. Until then, until the last putt is made, anything could happen.

"The only Major I really had a chance was at Augusta and I was six back starting the day, and I think at one point I was two or three back. 

"It's a good feeling. I've been working hard to change some things. It's great to see it's peaking at the right point, at the right time, and I'm having a chance on Sunday to contend for my first Major.

"I'll just keep doing the same thing, keep trusting my game and keep hitting the shots that I've been hitting."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1KOEPKA, BrooksUSA18-16
2WOODS, TigerUSA18-14
3SCOTT, AdamAUS18-13
T4CINK, StewartUSA18-11
T4RAHM, JonESP18-11
T6PIETERS, ThomasBEL18-10

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