No Slam for you:

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Art Span­der Rory McIl­roy, who is win­less in 2017, had his third straight over-par round, a sports@la­

Spi­eth is dis­ap­pointed as he is un­able to get any­thing go­ing at Quail Hol­low.

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. — A few days af­ter his 24th birth­day, Jor­dan Spi­eth came to the PGA Cham­pi­onship at­tempt­ing to be­come the youngest golfer to win each of the four Grand Slam tour­na­ments. But by the start of Sat­ur­day’s third round at Quail Hol­low Club his ex­pec­ta­tions had been low­ered.

“My goal was to try to work our way into a back­door top 10,” Spi­eth said.

The idea per­sisted af­ter he birdied 14, 15 and 16 to get to two un­der for the day and into po­si­tion to have his first sub-par round of the tour­na­ment. But then he dou­ble­bo­geyed 18.

“Kind of stinks be­cause it sets me back there,” Spi­eth said. “Eigh­teen is just a ridicu­lously hard hole to­day.”

So Spi­eth, with scores of 72-73-71 on the par-71 course, was at 216, three over for 54 holes and try­ing to stay up­beat with rec­ol­lec­tions of his re­cent vic­to­ries at the Trav­el­ers and Bri­tish Open.

“To not have a chance to win, ob­vi­ously you’ve fallen short of where you’d like to be,” Spi­eth said.

“I didn’t have it writ­ten in a di­ary when I was young [that] I needed to win a ca­reer Grand Slam. The goal is to try and win them all. And yeah, I have a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties. The PGA I think is go­ing to be the tough­est for me. I feel like my game truly suits the other three ma­jors maybe more than the PGA cham­pi­onship.”

McIl­roy strug­gles

two-over 73. He’s at 217, four over for three rounds and out­side the top 40.

McIl­roy twice won the Wells Fargo event at Quail Hol­low, but the course was made con­sid­er­ably more dif­fi­cult for the PGA.

“The way con­di­tions have been the last three days, I haven’t seen a low score out there for me,” McIl­roy said. “Af­ter play­ing prac­tice rounds I felt there was a de­cent one out there. But I haven’t driven the ball well enough to give my­self chances for birdies.”

McIl­roy, 28, one of the game’s bombers, was paired with 49-year-old Omar Uresti, a for­mer Tour player and now a club pro.

At one hole, McIl­roy out­drove Uresti 322 yards to 264.

Help­ing on the cut

When the pros left Fri­day night, the rain-de­layed sec­ond round in­com­plete, it ap­peared the cut line would be five-over 147. But Aus­tria’s Bernd Wies­berger had three holes left, seven, eight and nine, and the prob­a­bil­ity was he would birdie at least one and lower the cut to four over.

In­stead, he missed a seven-footer on seven, failed to birdie eight with a wedge and then dropped from the top 70 and ties by three­p­utting for a bo­gey on nine.

Wies­berger, a reg­u­lar on the Euro­pean Tour, not only missed a cut for the first time in 29 tour­na­ments, he al­lowed ev­ery­one at five over, in­clud­ing Adam Scott, to play the last two days. Un­for­tu­nately, Scott opened the third round with a dou­ble bo­gey and shot 74.

And the ea­gles f ly

Ea­gles were ev­ery­where Sat­ur­day at Quail Hol­low. Gra­ham DeLaet had con­sec­u­tive ea­gles on 14 and 15, with birdies on 13 and 16, six un­der par in four holes. The 14th is a short par four, and DeLaet’s tee shot rolled just past the cup.

Play­ing in the same three­some, Marc Leish­man and Billy Horschel each had threes on the par-five10th. Leish­man chipped in from 85 feet off the back of the green, then Horschel chipped in from 25 feet from the front.

Bryson DeCham­beau made two ea­gles of his own, at 10 and 14. He also had two birdies, but with a two dou­ble bo­geys and three bo­geys he shot 72.

Ross Kin­naird Getty Im­ages

JOR­DAN SPI­ETH, tak­ing a drop on the sev­enth hole, is 10 shots be­hind the leader af­ter a round of 71.

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