DELAET HAS 2 STRAIGHT EAGLES IN HOT STREAK AT QUAIL HOLLOW
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