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Golf roundup: Thomas Pieters, Zach Johnson tied for lead at Bridgestone Invitational

Golf roundup: Thomas Pieters, Zach Johnson tied for lead at Bridgestone Invitational

Thomas Pieters ended a roller-coaster round with a 30-foot birdie putt for a four-under-par 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Zach Johnson going into the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational.

Pieters built a big lead early with five birdies on his opening eight holes at Firestone in Akron, Ohio, only to run into trouble off the tee. He made only three pars over his last 11 holes and wound up with his best chance yet to win in America.

Johnson, who hasn't won since capturing his second major at St. Andrews in 2015, holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th for a 65. They were at nine-under 201.

One shot behind was Scott Hend of Australia, who got into his...

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