KAPALUA, Hawaii — Dustin Johnson has a long game and a short memory.
Johnson holed a 65-yard wedge shot down the hill and up the green for an eagle, and he powered his way to birdies on the par 5s at Kapalua for a 7-under 66 to build a two-shot lead over Brian Harman going into the final round at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
The world’s No. 1 player with a lead is a daunting prospect anywhere, especially on a course where he is a past champion (2013) and has posted 20 out of his 30 rounds on the Plantation Course in the 60s.
Hope for the players chasing him comes from Johnson’s most recent start on the PGA Tour.
That was just over two months ago at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, where Johnson lost a six-shot lead at Sheshan International. Most peculiar about that day is Johnson still was up by three shots, didn’t miss a fairway on the back nine and still got beat.
‘‘Look, it was a long time ago,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s a completely different golf course. It was what? Two months ago or something? So yeah, I’m going to try not to think about it tomorrow. Hopefully, I won’t. But I just need to go out and play my game and just see what happens.’’
Johnson seized control quickly Saturday at Kapalua.
Coming off his lone bogey — a poor chip after his tee shot went just over the back of the 11th green — he had 65 yards from fluffy rough, straight down the hill toward the Pacific to a green that was uphill but with the grain and the wind.
‘‘I was looking just left of the flag, but short of the green,’’ he said. ‘‘I knew once it got on the green that it was going to be pretty good.
“And obviously, it went in. So that was definitely a nice bonus.’’
Johnson was at 16-under 203.