BAD DAY AT THE OF­FICE

Aus­tralian’s quadru­ple-bo­gey in third-round leaves him off the pace by seven

New Straits Times - - Sport -

CHARLOTTE

JA­SON Day be­gan the day in the fi­nal three­some, two strokes off the lead, and had the usual ups and downs on Satur­day be­fore his quadru­ple-bo­gey at the Quail Hol­low gaunt­let known as the ‘Green Mile’.

Day be­gan the stretch at the par-four 16th with his third suc­ces­sive birdie to reach five-un­der but dan­ger was just around the cor­ner. The Aus­tralian bo­geyed the par-three 17th and fin­ished with a night­mare quadru­ple-bo­gey eight.

That ad­ven­ture started with a way­ward drive that took him into the trees, lead­ing to two hor­ren­dous shots and a penalty stroke, a weak es­cape from chok­ing rough, a weak chip and two putts.

Day lost five shots over the two holes and fin­ished seven off the pace.

“He played good com­ing in and then gave it all away, so that’s tough,” said play­ing com­pan­ion Kevin Kis­ner.

A shell-shocked Day, usu­ally ac­co­mo­dat­ing with the me­dia, walked off hand-in-hand with wife El­lie with­out tak­ing ques­tions.

Tour­na­ment leader Kis­ner was not un­scathed, either.

Sail­ing along with a two-shot lead, Kis­ner pulled a shot into the wa­ter at the 16th and had his bo­gey-putt spin out of the hole for a dou­ble. At 18, he bounced an ap­proach off a stone bridge that saved him from an­other splash but sent him into deep rough and a bo­gey.

That slight re­prieve al­lowed him to cling to a one-shot lead over Hideki Mat­suyama and fel­low Amer­i­can Chris Stroud go­ing into Sun­day’s fi­nal round.

En­tire three­somes fell vic­tim to the 18th.

Jor­dan Spi­eth, who came to Quail Hol­low look­ing to com­plete a ca­reer grand slam of ma­jors, Eng­land’s Tommy Fleet­wood and vet­eran Vi­jay Singh all dou­ble­bo­geyed the last.

Spa­niard Jon Rahm and play­ing part­ner Steve Stricker dou­bled as well.

As did Paul Casey, whose twounder for the tour­na­ment turned into even-par.

Aus­tralian Adam Scott joined the dou­ble-bo­gey brigade as one of 12 scores at the 18th of dou­ble­bo­gey or worse.

Not ev­ery­one was left curs­ing the 18th, with first-round leader Thor­b­jorn Ole­sen (three-over) and Pa­trick Cant­ley (two-over) both sign­ing off with birdies. Reuters

AFP PIC

Ja­son Day plays his shot on the 18th dur­ing the third round of the PGA Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day.

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