Kisner holds narrow PGA lead
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