Kis­ner clings on to PGA lead

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Char­lotte, US - Un­her­alded Amer­i­can Kevin Kis­ner clung to a one-stroke lead af­ter Satur­day's roller- coaster third round of the PGA Cham­pi­onship, where con­tenders rose only to be hum­bled by for­mi­da­ble Quail Hol­low.

Kis­ner, a win­ner three months ago at Colo­nial, dropped three strokes in the last three holes but fin­ished with a one-over par 72 to stand on seven-un­der 206 for 54 holes at the year's fi­nal ma­jor tour­na­ment.

World No 3 Hideki Mat­suyama, try­ing to be­come the first Ja­panese man to win a ma­jor, shot 73 to share sec­ond on 207 with Amer­i­can Chris Stroud, who won last week in Reno to take the last spot in the PGA field.

Mat­suyama took a World Golf Cham­pi­onships vic­tory last week at Akron and was sec­ond at the US Open in June, one of six top-ten fin­ishes in 20 ma­jor ap­pear­ances.

Only 15 play­ers cracked par for three rounds at the 7,600yard lay­out, set­ting the stage for a dra­matic fi­nal day's show­down for the Wana­maker Tro­phy and a top prize of US$1.89mn.

Justin Thomas, the 14thranked Amer­i­can with three US PGA vic­to­ries this sea­son, fired a 69, the only sub-par round among the last dozen play­ers, to share fourth with South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen just two strokes adrift. US star Rickie Fowler, who has six top-five ma­jor fin­ishes with­out a vic­tory, shot 73 and share 12th on 212.

Aus­tralia's sev­enth-ranked Ja­son Day closed with a quadru­ple-bo­gey eight, find­ing trees and bushes in a dis­as­ter that more than off­set a three-birdie run from 14-16.

Canada's Graeme DeLaet fired a 68 to stand sev­enth on 211. He came inches from an ace at the par-3 13th, made back-to­back ea­gles at 14 and 15 and sank a 46-foot birdie putt at 16.

Fourth-ranked Rory McIl­roy, try­ing to snap a three-year drought since his most re­cent ma­jor win at the 2014 PGA, fired a 73 to stand on 217.

World No 2 Jor­dan Spi­eth, who won last month's Bri­tish Open, needs a PGA to com­plete the ca­reer Grand Slam. But he closed with a dou­ble bo­gey to shoot 71 and was on 216, ten shots adrift.


Kevin Kis­ner lines up a putt on the 12th green at Quail Hol­low Club in Char­lotte, US, on Satur­day

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