Kisner clings on to PGA lead
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