Kis­ner holds nar­row PGA lead

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Un­her­alded lo­cal hero Kevin Kis­ner is tar­get­ting a wireto-wire vic­tory yes­ter­day at the PGA Cham­pi­onship while Hideki Ma­tusyama and Louis Oosthuizen top a host of chal­lengers ready to pounce.

A fi­nal-round drama was on of­fer as the year’s last ma­jor tour­na­ment re­sumed at for­mi­da­ble Quail Hol­low, where con­tenders Ja­son Day and Rickie Fowler were swat­ted aside af­ter late Sat­ur­day stum­bles and Kis­ner hung on de­spite a bo­gey and dou­ble bo­gey in the last three holes.

“I’m happy I’m in the po­si­tion I’m in,” Kis­ner said. “I had a chance to run away from guys and take peo­ple out of the tour­na­ment that were four or five, six back, and I didn’t do it. Now I’m in a dog­fight and I have to be pre­pared for that.”

Kis­ner, whose home is a two-hour drive south of the 7,600-yard lay­out, stood on seven-un­der par 206 with fel­low Amer­i­can Chris Stroud and third-ranked Mat­suyama one stroke adrift. Oosthuizen and Amer­i­can Justin Thomas shared fourth on 208.

Only 15 play­ers were un­der par through 54 holes and just one of them, 2010 Bri­tish Open cham­pion Oosthuizen, has won a ma­jor. The South African also has three ma­jor run­ner-up fin­ishes.

Diniz be­comes world champ at 39

Yo­hann Diniz pro­duced an as­ton­ish­ing solo tour de force to be­come the old­est man ever to be­come a world ath­let­ics cham­pion at the age of 39 as he won the 50 kilo­me­tre walk ti­tle on Sun­day.

The French world record holder, one of the great fig­ures of race walk­ing, old­est pro­duced the sec­ond fastest walk in his­tory, 3 hours 33 min­utes 12 sec­onds - a time only he has bet­tered - with one of the per­for­mances of the en­tire World Cham­pi­onships.

Diniz was so dom­i­nant en route to his lon­gawaited first global ti­tle that he lapped nearly all the 43-strong field over the 2km looped cir­cuit on The Mall, fin­ish­ing less than a minute adrift of his three­year-old world record of 3:32:33.

He was even able to take a swift com­fort break when lead­ing in the first 15 min­utes be­fore re­join­ing the race and de­stroy­ing his op­po­nents over the 25 laps be­tween Ad­mi­ralty Arch and Buck­ing­ham Palace.

A great show­man, fa­ther of two Diniz was even able to smile and wave to the crowds lin­ing the course well be­fore the fin­ish as he landed a third gold of the cham­pi­onships for France.

Kelvin Kis­ner takes a swing

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