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Dustin Johnson looks on course for the opening PGA Tour win of 2013, as he takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the weather-shortened Tournament of Champions in Kapalua.

Johnson, who has won two truncated 54-hole events already in his career, completed a second round 66 on Monday to move to 11-under - three shots clear of Steve Stricker in second.

The American, who played six practice rounds prior to the tournament but did not get to hit a tournament shot until Monday morning, was pleased with his day's work.

"I hit the ball really well this afternoon," said Johnson. "I'm pretty pleased with my equipment. I'm pretty pleased with my game right now."

He added: "I've still got 18 more holes of golf. It wouldn't matter if it was 72 holes or 54. Tomorrow is still the last round and there's 18 holes to play, so got to get the job done."

An eagle at the 18th was the highlight of the round for Johnson, giving himself a bit of breathing room over Stricker - who will nevertheless be hoping to track his rival down come Tuesday's conclusion.

"You've just got to go out and play and play your hardest and see what happens," Stricker, the defending champion this week in Hawaii, said. "I've been in that position where he's at now. It's a tough spot. It's tough to win in front.

"We've got really nothing to lose tomorrow and it makes it a little bit easier for us, but tougher on him."

Masters champion Bubba Watson will also fancy himself to be in the hunt at seven-under, with Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker both well poised at six-under.

England's Ian Poulter, meanwhile, is down the field at one-under - with his day soured somewhat after he directed some heated words at commentator Johnny Miller via Twitter following a second round 74.

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