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               === Dustin Johnson closes in on Hawaii repeat ===
 
 Maui,  HI  (SportsNetwork.com) - Defending  champion Dustin Johnson fired a 4-
 under-par 69 on Sunday to grab a share of the lead entering the final round of
 the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
 
 Webb  Simpson shot  68 and reigning PGA  Tour Rookie of the Year Jordan Spieth
 carded  a 69, as  the pair joined Johnson atop the leaderboard at 14-under 205
 through 54 holes on the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort.
 
 Overnight  leader Zach  Johnson stumbled to a 74 and dropped into fourth place
 at  12-under, while Jason Dufner (69) and Brandt Snedeker (69) grabbed a share
 of fifth alongside Kevin Streelman (70) and Gary Woodland (67) at minus-11.
 
 Dustin  Johnson began Sunday's round three strokes off the lead and he trailed
 by  five entering the par-5 ninth after opening with five pars, a birdie and a
 pair of bogeys.
 
 At the ninth, Johnson sent his second shot from 211 yards within inches of the
 cup  and  tapped in  for eagle.  The big-hitter birdied  the 10th, then, after
 three straight pars, rolled in an 8-footer for birdie at the 14th to move into
 a four-way tie at the top.
 
 Johnson parred the 15th, kept pace with a birdie at the next, then closed with
 a pair of pars to retain a share of the lead entering Monday's deciding round.
 
 "I hit a great drive down there, right to the end of the fairway. I had a good
 number  --  and I just  hit a great  4-iron right at the  flag and it ended up
 pretty close," Johnson of his eagle at the ninth.
 
 Simpson  countered  his lone  bogey  of  the  third  round with  six  birdies,
 including  four in a five-hole span from the 12th, which allowed the 2012 U.S.
 Open winner to reach 14-under. He parred the 17th and 18th to end there.
 
 "I  feel like  I'm getting a little  more comfortable with what I'm working on
 each day," Simpson said in a televised interview. "The ball stayed in front of
 me.  I was able to capitalize on those holes where you need to make birdie and
 I like this back side. I finally got it going a little bit."
 
 Spieth  too had just one bogey during the third round. The 20-year-old notched
 birdies  at  Nos. 5,  8, 9, 14  and 17  to secure a  spot alongside Simpson in
 Monday's final pairing.
 
 NOTES: Johnson is seeking his ninth PGA Tour win, Simpson is seeking his fifth
 and Spieth is seeking his second. In 2013, Spieth became the first teenager to
 win  a PGA Tour  event since 1931 when he titled at the John Deere Classic ...
 Thirteen players are making their debut at this event, including Spieth.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 01/05 23:43:55 ET