Leader Day faces PGA C’ship showdown with Spieth
Jason Day seized a twostroke lead after three rounds of the PGA Championship, where he ll try to hold off Masters and US Open winner Jordan Spieth for a first major title.
Australia s Day survived a late double-bogey to card a sixunder par 66 at Whistling Straits, his 15-under par total of 201 putting him two strokes in front of Spieth. The 22-year-old Texan birdied six of his last eight holes in a seven-under 65 for 203. But Spieth said he won t be thinking about joining Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods as the only men to win three majors in the same year when he tees off with Day.
"Just to try to get my name on the Wanamaker Trophy ... that s the only history I ll be thinking of," said Spieth, who can also seize the number one world ranking from Rory McIlroy, who carded a four-under 68 for a sixunder total of 210. "It should be an exciting round tomorrow," said Day, who is looking for a major breakthrough after finishing with at least a share of second in three grand slam tournaments -- with nine top 10 finishes in six years on the game s biggest stages. An unusually yielding Straits course made for a chaotic leaderboard as player after player surged upward.
When the dust settled, South African Branden Grace had the lowest round of the day, a bogeyfree eight-under par 64 for a share of third on 204 alongside England s Justin Rose, who dropped into the tie with a bogey at 18 to cap a 68.
Germany s Martin Kaymer, trying to reprise his 2010 PGA Championship victory at Whistling Straits, the par-72, 7,501 yard course hugging the shore of Lake Michigan, fired seven birdies in a seven-under 65 for 205. Matt Jones, the unheralded Aussie who took a twostroke lead into the third round, kept pace early. He salvaged a bogey after hitting into a hospitality suite at the ninth but dropped four shots in three holes going bogey-bogey-double bogey at 15, 16 and 17 en route to a one-over 73 for 206.