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Quail Hol­low doesn’t have back-to-back par 3s, but that didn’t stop Gra­ham Delaet from nearly go­ing 1-1 on the score­card Sat­ur­day at the 99th PGA Cham­pi­onship.

Af­ter leav­ing his tee shot on the par-3 13th hole on the edge of the cup for a kickin birdie, the Cana­dian lipped out what would have been a hole-in-one on the 301-yard, par-4 14th. Delaet’s tee shot hopped over the cup, barely miss­ing an ace. He set­tled for an ea­gle.

That helped the 35-year-old play a four­hole stretch on the back nine at Quail Hol­low in 6-un­der. He went birdie-ea­gleea­gle-birdie on holes 13 through 16 and fin­ished with a 3-un­der-par 68.

“It’s just one of those things, like, ‘Are you kid­ding me?’ ” said Delaet, who has been bat­tling a balky back. “Did this just hap­pen the last four holes? But it’s pretty fun, es­pe­cially at a ma­jor.”

He fol­lowed up his ea­gle on No. 14 with an­other ea­gle on the par-5 15th. On the 16th hole, he rolled in a 46-foot birdie putt to fin­ish off a stel­lar stretch of golf.

Ac­cord­ing to the PGA Tour, Delaet is the first player to post back-to-back ea­gles since Marc Leish­man did it in Round 2 at the 2016 Mayakoba Clas­sic.

In his ca­reer, Delaet’s best fin­ish on the tour is three run­ners-up per­for­mances in 170 ca­reer starts.

Ja­son Day makes moves — up and down.

N.C.» Ja­son Day reeled off CHAR­LOTTE, three con­sec­u­tive birdies and took a re­mark­able gam­ble that didn’t pay off.

This was mov­ing Day at the PGA Cham­pi­onship, all right — both up and down.

Day’s quadru­ple bo­gey on the par-4 18th fin­ished off a 6-over 77 on Sat­ur­day that left him at even par through three rounds of the sea­son’s last ma­jor, in a tie for 16th place and seven strokes be­hind leader Kevin Kis­ner.

Day de­clined to speak to re­porters as he left the club­house af­ter an any­thing-but­bor­ing back nine that in­cluded three birdies, two bo­geys, a dou­ble bo­gey and that eight on the 18th.

His fi­nal hole may have been tough to ex­plain.

Day was just four strokes back when his tee shot on the 494-yard hole veered be­hind a tree in some pine straw on the right side of the fair­way. He tried a high-risk shot to hook it around the tree and it landed in a bush, wind­ing up un­playable.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

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