US PGA Championship: Day Three

Can Lowry and McIlroy drag themselves into contention on moving day at Quail Hollow?

John O'Sullivan Sun, Aug 13
 
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  • 17:21

    Hello and good evening to the Irish Times live blog of the third round of the US PGA Championship from Quail Hollow in North Carolina. John O'Sullivan here and I'll be taking you through to the close of play.



  • 17:24
    Just a brief bit of housekeeping to help you find you favourite players and when they're starting or indeed have started. About half the field are already out while while those that had to complete their second round after Friday's stoppage because of lightning did so several hours ago.  
  • 17:25
    Here are the tee times.  
  • 17:25

    Third round Tee times

     

    14:30  - C. Gribble; C. Howell III; JB. Holmes

    15:00  - S. Kodaira; A. Scott; K. Chappell

    15:10  - S. O'Hair; C. Hoffman; K. Kraft

    15:20-- B. Horschel; M. Leishman; J. Dufner

    15:30  - R. Henley; P. Perez; W. Simpson

    15:40  - K. Kim; R. Sterne; H. Tanihara

    15:50  - T. Olesen; L. Westwood; D. Lingmerth

    16:00  - T. Fleetwood. V. Singh; J. Spieth

    16:10  - J. Smith; J. Lovemark; I. Poulter

    16:20  - J. Rahm; S. Stricker; M. Kuchar

    16:30  - L. Glover; J. Kokrak; A. Lahiri

    16:40  - H. Stenson; K. Bradley; Z. Johnson  

    16:50  - J. Herman; C. Schwartzel D. Johnson

    17:00  - D. Frittelli R. Streb; C. Wood

    17:10  - B. Harman; B. Haas; B. DeChambeau  

    17:20  - J. Hahn; O. Uresti; R. McIlroy  

    17: 30  - T. Finau; A. Noren; D. Summerhays

    17:40  - G. DeLaet; P. Cantlay; S. Lowry

    18:00  - P. Reed; G. Woodland; B. Cauley

    18:10  - S. Brown; R. Moore; C. Reavie

    18:20  - G. Murray; S. Kang; B. Koepka

    18:30  - B. An; D. Points; R. Fox

    18:40  - R. Fowler; J. Thomas; P. Casey

    18:50  - C. Stroud; F. Molinari; L. Oosthuizen

    19:00  - K. Kisner; H. Matsuyama; J. Day

  • 17:26
    I know there are several people out there who like to know the pin positionsor pin placements as they say in the States. So here you go.
  • 17:26
  • 17:28
    Rory McIlroy (+2) twce a winner at Quail Hollow is off next in the company of John Hahn and Omar Uresti. The Northern Irishman knows that he heeds a 64 or 65 on 'Moving Day' to force his way back into the business end of the tournament.  
  • 17:28
  • 17:30
    Shane Lowry (+1) is off is less than a quarter of an hour. He'll have exorcised the memory of that triple bogey at the par three, 17th on Friday from his mind. He's a tough cookie and should instead dwell on the brilliant golf he played to be five under for his round at one stage.  
  • 17:32

    Some news from the course before completing the housekeeping is that JB Holmes, in the first group out, is four under through eight holes for today's round and back to one over for the tournament.  


    The quality of his golf is in sharp contrast to most others in the field currently on the course most of whom are over par. It's extremely hot in North Carolina graphically illustrated by the sweat stains on the players' shirts.  

  • 17:33
    England's Tommy Fleetwood followed up a couple of bogeys with a brace of birdies.  
  • 17:34

    Can Shane Lowry or Rory McIlroy mount a charge? Does Hideki Matsuyama realise the ridiculous quality of his golf over the last tournament and a half and can he sustain that level through the weekend? Will Kevin Kisner be able to handle the pressure? Can Jason Day or Francesco Molinari match the heroics of Friday? All these and many other questions will be answered over the next six and a half hours or so.

     

    Feel free to get involved. Hit the contact button with your questions or if you're looking for specific player updates and I’ll try and facilitate all queries. But only if you ask nicely.  

     

     

  • 17:34
  • 17:38
    British Open champion Jordan Spieth (+5) is two over for his round and on the par five seventh, tried to hit a cut, didn't manage it, hit the rocks, hit a tree and no one at present knows where the ball has gone. For those Spieth fans perhaps you'd prefer to watch this.  
  • 17:38
  • 17:39
    Is Kevin Kisner nervous? Not according to this nugget.  
  • 17:39
  • 17:39
    STAT ATTACK: 14 of the last 16 Major champions were either first or second after 54 holes. You're welcome.  
  • 17:40
  • 17:46

    66 players have already started their third round.

    These are the last three threeballs to go out.  

    18:40  - R. Fowler; J. Thomas; P. Casey

    18:50  - C. Stroud; F. Molinari; L. Oosthuizen

    19:00  - K. Kisner; H. Matsuyama; J. Day



     

     

  • 17:46
  • 17:47
    Spieth's ball finished in the hazard, having got a ridiculous break from his tee shot. He's taken a drop. He's a longish putt for par.  
  • 17:50
    McIlroy (+2) striped one down the first fairway to about 321 yards. His approach from 184 yards finished about 25 feet from the hole. He hit a good putt but it came up about six inches shy.  
  • 17:53
    Spieth (+6) makes bogey at statistically the easier hole on the golf course this week. There's a fair bit of steam that needs releasing at this point.  
  • 17:57
    McIlroy finds the fairway once again at the second hole. He's 174 yards to the pin.  
  • 17:57
    Don't think Omar will be playing first in McIlroy's group.  
  • 17:57
  • 17:59
    Tough of the army golf for Shane Lowry at the first hole. He catches a fairway bunker off the tee, muscles the ball up to about 95 yards short of the green now has about 30 feet for his par. Not the start he wanted that's for sure.  
  • 18:01
    Dustin Johnson (+1) with a birdie on the third. He's eminently capable of making a run if he's in the mood. The rib/back injury has taken a little sting out of his performance over the past six weeks or so.  
  • 18:01
  • 18:02
    Sweden's David Lingmerth started the day on three over par and it's fair to say his round has been pretty excellent so far, four birdies, one bogey in eight holes and he's back to level par.  
  • 18:03
  • 18:05

    As soon as I big-up Dustin Johnson he goes and makes a bogey at the very next hole, the par three fourth. He's back to two over.  


    Lowry (+2) can't hole that 30-footer and drops a shot at the first.  

  • 18:09
    McIlroy (+3), like Lowry with an early setback. He pulls his second shot to the second hole left, and can't get up and down, missing a 15-foot par putt.    
  • 18:09
  • 18:10
    Spieth (+5) makes his first birdie of the day on the 345 yard, par four, eighth. He gambled and took driver while his playing partners, Fleetwood and Singh elected to hit irons.  
  • 18:11
    20 of the 21 players at the bottom of the leaderboard are over par for their rounds today.  
  • 18:12
    McIlroy tugs his tee shot into the left rough (322 yards) on three.  
  • 18:13
    Lowry (+2) finds the fairway with his tee shot on the second.  
  • 18:13
  • 18:16
    Pat Perez (+1) is three under thru 10, Lingmerth (+1), two under thru eight and Jamie Lovemark (+1) two under thru seven. JB Holmes was five under thru 10 but has dropped shots at 11 and 12, to slip back to three over for the tournament.  
  • 18:16
  • 18:20
    Apparently I made misplaced an apostrophe earlier and as the late great Con Houlihan once said: "a man who misplaces an apostrophe is capable of anything." I do apologise.  
  • 18:20
    In more interesting news.......Spieth (+4) makes it back to back birdies with another at nine.  
  • 18:20
  • 18:31

    McIlroy mkaes par at the third but his iron play still isn't firing properly. He's not given himself any chances.


     

  • 18:31
    Jon Rahm (+1) isn't going to die wondering in terms of his round today. After an early bogey, he's birdied three of the last four holes as he heads towards the turn.  
  • 18:32
  • 18:38
    There isn't a player in the Top 20 on the leaderboard of those already out on the course who is over par for his round.  
  • 18:39
    Perez drops another birdie putt. Four under for his round level for the tournament.  
  • 18:39
  • 18:43
    Brooks Koepka and Sung Kang both drop a shot at the first to slip to level par.  
  • 18:44
  • 18:46
    I'd say there is an exclusion zone around the combustible Perez (+2) after a double bogey on the 12th.  
  • 18:49
    McIlroy's (+3) tee shot on the par three, fourth, settles about 35 feet from the pin. He hits a nice putt to about 20 inches and taps in for par. He needs something to go right for him and kick start the round.  
  • 18:53
    Tony Finau (-1) almost holed his tee shot at the par three, fourth. It came up about four inches short. A tap-in birdie ensued. The big hitter is carrying some of my money, an insurmountable handicap but you never know.  
  • 18:54
  • 18:55
    Five minute call for the last threeball to go out. Matsuyama (-8), Kisner (-8) and Day (-6).  
  • 18:56
    Finau's tee shot might have been closer than four inches.  
  • 18:56
  • 18:58
    JB Holmes (+1): seven birdies, six pars, three bogeys in his 16 holes.  
  • 19:01
    McIlroy (+4) with another bogey, this time on the fifth. Two over for his round and 12 shots behind the leaders with 31 holes remaining for him. Lowry (+2) makes a par at the fourth.  
  • 19:01
  • 19:05
    Kisner finds the fairway at the first, Matsuyama catches the right rough and Day hits a monster down the centre of the fairway after taking on the corner.  
  • 19:05
  • 19:07
    Justin Thomas (-2), Rickie Fowler (-2) and Paul Casey (-2) all made bogeys at the first.  
  • 19:08
    I have just seen Thomas' second shot to the second and it's fair to say that the length of the rough could hide a baby elephant.  
  • 19:15
    Matsuyama in sand, Kisner to 20-feet on green, Day pulls his second into the same bunker as Matsuyama.  
  • 19:15
  • 19:16
    Molinari (-3) double bogeys the first.
  • 19:17
    Matsuyama plays a nice bunker shot to about four feet, Day to about five feet.  
  • 19:19
    OOOOOOOOOOHHHH, how did that not go in. Kisner's putt kisses the edge of the hole. Beautiful pace and read.  
  • 19:19
  • 19:21
    Matsuyama (-7) watches his putt dive right at the hole and continue on. Day (-6) stares his in, right in the middle. Kisner (-8) is the outright leader.  
  • 19:22
  • 19:25
    2ND HOLE: Day fairway, Kisner fairway, Matusyama first cut.  
  • 19:29

    Lowry (+3) makes a second bogey on the fifth, onnce again a byproduct of catching a bunker off the tee shot. McIlroy (+4) makes a par on the sixth.


    US Open champion Koepka (+1) has dropped a couple of shots, Finau (level) makes a bogey on the sixth, but Rahm is three under for his round and back to level par.  

  • 19:30
  • 19:31
    Louis Oosthuizen played a wonderful shot to escape from a tree but may have damaged his hand in the process, snagging a root on the follow through. He's doing a lot of flexing.  
  • 19:32

    2ND HOLE: Matsuyama (18 feet), Kisner (12 feet), Day (six feet). Birdie putts


    BIRDIE: Thomas (-3) gets the shot back he dropped on the first on the third hole.  


    It's beginning to rain.  

  • 19:34
  • 19:34
    Here's some footage of the rain. I know, don't thank me.  
  • 19:34
  • 19:35
    Physio is walking with Oosthuizen and working on his hand. Here is some footage of the incident.  
  • 19:35
  • 19:36
    BIRDIE: McIlroy (+3) gets one of the two shots back at the par five seventh.  
  • 19:36
  • 19:38
    BIRDIE: Matsuyama (-7) and Kisner (-8) can't hole their birdie putts but Day (-7) rolls his in the middle
  • 19:38
  • 19:40
    Day, the 2015 PGA champion mkaes the first move in the final group. Well the first positive one given Matsuyama's bogey at the first.  
  • 19:40
  • 19:44

    3RD HOLE: Day left rough, Kisner left rough with a trickier second shot, Matsuyama centre fairway and a stare at someone who made a noise on his backswing. Not a happy bunny.



  • 19:44
  • 19:46
    Rahm (-1) with a second birdie on the back nine, a fifth in total and he's in red figures for the tournament.  
  • 19:47
    Wonderful shot from an awful lie by Kisner; six feet I'd say.  
  • 19:48
    Day, 179 yards, Goes with pitching wedge as we'd all do. Comes up about two clubs short of the pin and 10 feet short of the green.  
  • 19:49

    Matsuyama misses green and that'll be a tough up and down.  


    BIRDIE: Dustin Johnson (+4) on the 10th and Spieth (+3) on the 14th.  

  • 19:50
  • 19:52
    6/10 for Matsuyama chip, about eight feet.  
  • 19:54
    Day, chipped up to eight feet, but watches his par putt slide by. He's got two and a half feet on the way back for bogey.  
  • 19:55
    Matsuyama makes his eight foot par putt, lovely smooth stroke.  
  • 19:57
    Kisner watched his birdie putt grab the edge and keep going. Too firm. Chance missed. That's the first miss inside 10 feet this week.  
  • 19:58
    EAGLE: LOWRY (+2) on the seventh, stunning second shot to anout eight feet and converts. That's two of the three bogeys back.  
  • 20:02
    4TH HOLE: At the par three, Kisner (-8) 30 feet (uphill), Matsuyama (35 feet), Day (26 feet). Birdie putts.  
  • 20:03
  • 20:04
  • 20:09
    Day (-6), super roll, about an inch high. Kisner (-8) and Matsuyama (-7) both with two putt pars.  
  • 20:10
    BIRDIE: Spieth with four in his last eight holes takes him to one under for his round and two over for the tournament.  
  • 20:11
    BIRDIE: Chris Stroud (-7) birdies the fifth from 15 feet. Impressive start from the young man. He's only one behind.  
  • 20:11
    -8 Kisner
    -7 Matsuyama
    -7 Stroud
    -6 Day
    -5 Oosthuizen
  • 20:12
    McIlroy takes 36 shots to the turn, one over for the round and three for the tournament. He's 11 behind.  
  • 20:13
  • 20:16
    Oosthuizen's injury is to his forearm rather than wrist I think.  
  • 20:17
    On the Rahm-page. Jon is now five under for his round and two under for the tournament in a tie for seventh. OLE.  
  • 20:18
  • 20:20
    5TH HOLE: Kisner fairway, green, 12 feet. Matsuyama, rough, rough 20 yards. Day, fairway, green, four feet.  
  • 20:22
    Matsuyama chips down to a foot.  
  • 20:25
    Lovely roll from Kisner but it just shaves the edge and runs two and a half feet by. He holes the return. The American has hit every green in regulation. Matsuyama has missed every green in regulation and he's only one over for his round.  
  • 20:26
    OOPS: Day doesn't touch the hole with his four foot birdie putt. Went straight left. Huge chance.  
  • 20:27
    BIRDIE: Spieth (+1) with three in a row. Two under for today.  
  • 20:27
  • 20:30

    EAGLE: Robert Streb (level) holes his second shot from the middle of the 12th fairway.


    BOGEY: Justin Thomas (-2) holes from six feet for bogey. It's very slow out there. A 20-minute wait on tee boxes for the last two groups.  

  • 20:30
  • 20:32
    There are only two players in the Top 10 on the leaderboard under par for their rounds today. Rahm (-2) is five under, while Stroud (-7) is one under.  
  • 20:32
  • 20:34
    BOGEY: McIlroy (+4) caught a horrible lie in the rough having been pin high in two at the par five. He took four to get down. Lowry (+2) turns in 36 shots, one over for his round.  
  • 20:37
    Molinari (-3) started double bogey, bogey, bogey, he's had a birdie at the fifth.  
  • 20:37
    Love this
  • 20:38
  • 20:40
    BOGEY: Rahm (-1) misses a three foot par putt on 15. If looks could kill....  
  • 20:40
    15 minute wait for the final group on the sixth.  
  • 20:42
    BOGEYS: Oosthuizen (-4) watches his downhill six foot putt just turn right at the hole. Stroud (-6) can't get up and down having come up short with his tee shot.  
  • 20:46

    Kisner's first mistake, comes up 20 yards short of the par three sixth. That's an impossible up and down. I'm stating that unequivocally. Matsuyama hits it above the pin. That'll be slick. Day watches his five iron hit the green but fail to bridge the false front and career back down the slope and off the putting surface.  


    Dustin Johnson is in the water.......not him, his ball. I'm not sure what he's playing.  

  • 20:46
  • 20:48
  • 20:50

    Kisner chips up to about six feet which he will have for par. Day runs it about six feet past the pin, it'll have blue lights on coming down that hill.  


    Thomas (-2) misses a five foot birdie putt on the seventh. he nearly beat the ball to the hole such was his disgust.  

  • 20:54

    Great pace putt from Matsuyama (-7), taps in his par. Day (-6) holes his rollercoaster. Kisner (-8) holes his six footer. Never believe a word I say for the rest of the blog. In my defence 90 per cent of those who came up short of the sixth green failed to get up and down.  


    BIRDIES: Five foot putt for Fowler (-3) at the par five. Casey (-3) also manages one after getting up and down from the rough at the back of the green.  

  • 20:54
    With the final group thru 6, it's:
    Kisner (-8)
    Matsuyama (-7)
    Day (-6)
    Stroud (-6)
  • 20:56
    This is exactly how I feel.
  • 20:58
  • 20:59
    Spieth in water at the 18th. He'll have about 12 feet for bogey.  
  • 20:59
    Thomas (-2) in close at the seventh.  
  • 21:03

    DOUBLE BOGEY: Spieth (+3) can't hole that putt and signs for a 71.  


    DOUBLE BOGEY: Rahm's (+1) round has taken a turn for the nightmarish, following a bogey with a double bogey on the 16th.  


    BIRDIE: Oosthuizen hits the par five, seventh in two and just misses his eagle putt. Stroud (-7) follows him in also for birdie.  

  • 21:05
    Kisner just misses the water on the seventh with his second shot to the par five and when I say just I mean a firmer bounce and he was wet. Matsuyama will have a 20-foot eagle putt. Day also on board but is about 35 feet away in two.  
  • 21:05
  • 21:07
    BIRDIE: Fowler (-4) with back to back birdies on seven and eight. Thomas (-3) follows him in. Molinari (-2) also makes a birdie to stop what's been a horror show.  
  • 21:09
    BOGEY: McIlroy (+5) with another dropped shot at the 11th, that's back to back bogeys. Lowry (+2) after 10 holes.  
  • 21:10
  • 21:14

    Day (-6) races his eagle putt about six feet past but can't hole the return. That was so careless and a poor second putt. Matsuyama comes up two rolls short for eagle but he makes birdie and back to eight under, where he started the day. Kisner (-9) made the most of his good fortune with a superb up and down. His first birdie of the lead and he retains the outright lead.  


    Oosthuizen has lost his tee shot in the trees on eight by the looks of it but gets a free drop for some reason and makes tyhe green with his second shot.  

  • 21:14
  • 21:14
  • 21:16
    OOOOOOOOOSTHUIZEN almost holes his birdie putt. Nearly took the jam there.
  • 21:16
    Bryson de Chambeau (+2) with a second eagle on the back nine. That's just so greedy.  
  • 21:16
  • 21:17
  • 21:18
    Talk amongst yourselves for a couple of minutes.  
  • 21:29
    BIRDIE: Stroud (-8) moves into a share for second place alongside Matsuyama. Kisner hits scruffy birdie putt on eight from about 10 feet on the apron.  
  • 21:31
    DOUBLE BOGEY: Rahm (+3, 71) will have to be kept away from sharp implements, having finished, 6 (bogey), 6 (doube bogey), 3 (par), 6 (double bogey). He was five under for his round and two under for the tournament.    
  • 21:33
    Oosthusizen hits his secind to nine way left and doesn't appeat to shout FORE. They should be fined. Being a professional doesn't absolve you.  
  • 21:38

    BOGEY: Lowry (+3) drops a shot on the 11th.


    BIRDIE: McIlroy (+4) gets on ebcak on the 15th.


    PAR: Oosthuizen (-5) drops a bomb on the ninth green.  

  • 21:39
    Stroud (-8) out in 33 shots, two under for the round.  
  • 21:39
  • 21:40
    DeChambeau's Saturday so far:

    - 2 eagles
    - 2 birdies
    - 2 bogeys
    - 2 doubles
  • 21:41
    Matsuyama from the tres on nine. He's hit two from seven fairways so far but is only one behind. Shortsided himself though. Tough chip coming up.  
  • 21:41
  • 21:43
    Kisner hits the ninth green in regulation. Day blocked out by trees comes up short.
  • 21:44
  • 21:46
    Matsuyama will have 14 feet for par.  
  • 21:46
    Kisner -9 (8)
    Stroud -8 (9)
    Matsuyama -8 (8)
    Day -6 (8)
    Oosthuizen -5 (9)
    Fowler -4 (9)
    Brown -3 (11)
  • 21:48
    Kisner watches his 10 foot birdie putt wander off line 10 inches from the cup.  
  • 21:49
    Day standing in the bunker to chip from grass above it, comes up about 10 feet short.  
  • 21:51

    Fowler (-4) with a clumsy chip for eagle. He left 10 foot for birdie. Missed. He went in with a two-iron for his second to the par five. That'll hurt.  


    BOGEY: Day (-5) can't hole his par putt.


    PAR: Matsuyama makes his 12 footer for par. He hooked the ball 40 yards in the air from the trees 205 yards from the green, shortsided himself but still managed to escape.  

  • 21:53
    ALBATROSS...........No but boy was that close for Graham de Laet. He drove the par four, 14th and his ball hit the back of the cup and spun out.    
  • 21:53
  • 21:58
    EAGLE: De Laet (+1) holes that short putt.  
  • 22:00
    Eight minutes under three hours for leaders for nine holes. I won't be awake at the finish at this rate.  
  • 22:02
    Matsuyama (-8) misses right with his second to the par five 10th, Kisner (-9) pulls his way left. Day (-5) short and left.  
  • 22:05
    -9:  Kisner (9)
    -8:  Stroud (9), Matsuyama (9)
    -5:  Oosthuizen (10), Day (9)
    -4:  Thomas (10), Fowler (10)
  • 22:05
  • 22:07

    I'm just saying like..............


    Winners of first three majors this year? Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth. All have six letters in both first and last names. What! Who on the US PGA Leaderboard has six and six. Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas.  

  • 22:12
    10TH HOLE: Kisner (-9) par, Matsuyama (-8) par, Day (-5) par. KIsner paid the price for a weak chip, Matsuyama had a tiny misread and Day horseshoed out for birdie from five feet.  
  • 22:15
  • 22:15
  • 22:16
    Goodness this is wearisome. The pace of play is ridiculous. Three hours for nine holes is ludicrous.  
  • 22:16
  • 22:17
    Who's on the clock? Anybody? Somebody? Everybody?  
  • 22:17
    BIRDIE: Gary Woodland (-3) moves to within half a dozen shots of the leader.  
  • 22:18
  • 22:23
    BIRDIE: McIlroy (+3) picks up a shot at the 15th, Lowry (+3) does likewise at the 14th.  
  • 22:24
    BIRDIE, EAGLE, EAGLE: That's de Laet's (-1) last three holes. He's motoring.  
  • 22:25
    BIRDIE: Fowler (-5) drops one from about eight feet on 12.  
  • 22:28
    That's a brilliant clutch putt from Kisner (-9), holes from seven feet on return having raced his first effort.  
  • 22:33
    12th hole: Day in the trees, where Goldilocks won't find him. Kisner in the heavy rough. And I'm not making this next bit up.....Matsuyama smiles. Briefly. He's on the fairway.  
  • 22:34
  • 22:36
    BIRDIE: Lowry (+2) picks up a couple of shots in as many holes.  
  • 22:38
    BOGEY: McIlroy (+4) on 17th, caught the sand with his tee shot.  
  • 22:40
    Day has followed up his errant tee shot with a worse second, that's missed the entire gallery on the left. Kisner plays under the branches of the tree and comes up short. Matsuyama plays arguably the worst shot and buy that's saying something as he hoiks it left from the fairway.  
  • 22:41
    BIRDIE: De Laet moves to two under for the tournament. Six under for the last four holes. R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S.  
  • 22:41
  • 22:43
    Kisner uses the 'Texas wedge' from off the front of the 12th green. He'll have about 10 feet for par.  
  • 22:48
  • 22:50

    BOGEYS: Kisner (-8) finishes half a rotation short on his par putt. His last bogey was the 13th yesterday. It'll be interesting to see how he reacts now. Matsuyama (-7) makes bogey including a duff chip.


    DOUBLE BOGEY: Day (-3) is three over for his round and has had some horrible swings since the turn.  

  • 22:51
  • 22:52

    BOGEY: Lowry (+3) drops a shot at the 16th.  


    McIlroy (+4) finishes with a par. That's rounds of 72, 72 and 73.

  • 22:54
    BIRDIE: Fowler (-5) goes, birdie, bogey and now a birdie at the 14th. He's got the par five next that's reachable to two.  
  • 22:54
    13th hole: Kisner almost slam dunks his tee shot at the par three. It's decent birdie chance. Matsuyama misses the green right, Day misses it left.  
  • 22:57
  • 23:00

    Lowry (+3) took a triple bogey on the 17th yesterday and he nearly get his his tee shot wet again. Is going to dop at least one shot.  


    Great putt again from Kisner (-8) but no reward.  

  • 23:02
    BOGEYS: Matsuyama (-6) and Day (-2) pay for errant tee shots.  
  • 23:06
    EAGLE: Local boy Grayson Murray (-3) at the 15th.  
  • 23:08
    Day's tee shot on the 14th is in the hazard but not in the water, about a foot and a half from the wet stuff. Matsuyama is in a bunker, blessed he didn't go into the lake and Kisner, the only one to hit driver is on the green with his tee shot at the par four.  
  • 23:10
    The final group are on for a FIVE HOUR AND 50 MINUTE ROUND. I might not stick around to watch the end of it. It's RISIBLE.  
  • 23:11
    "I want to sign off on a positive note. It hasn't been the week that I wanted." Rory McIlroy.  
  • 23:11
    BIRDIE: Stroud (-8) joins Kisner at the top of the leaderboard.  
  • 23:11
  • 23:13
    The nursery rhyme Diddle Diddle Dumpling I think had the words 'one shoe off and one shoe on,' that's exactly what Day did to play his second shot, brilliantly as it transpires.  
  • 23:13
  • 23:14
    Kisner has 101 feet for eagle.
  • 23:15
    Six feet left. Superb effort.  
  • 23:16
  • 23:18
    BIRDIES: Day (-3). remarkable up and down. Kisner (-9) remarkable two-putt from 101 feet. He's the outright leader again.  
  • 23:22

    Just because I'm getting so much abuse about this.


    English Nursery Rhyme published in 1797, Verse Two


    Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John


    Went to bed with his britches on.


    One shoe off, and one shoe on;


    Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John

  • 23:22
    It's late, I'm tired and the leaders have four bloody holes left. That'll be another hour.  
  • 23:25
    BIRDIE: Oosthuizen (-5) on the 15th.  
  • 23:26
  • 23:27
    De Laet (-2), signs for a 68.  
  • 23:28
  • 23:30

    Kisner on the par five 15th in two, Matsuyama misses short right, Day in to about 12 feet for eagle.  

     

    BIRDIE: Murray (-4) holes a curler on on the 17th; he is six under for his last 11 holes.  

  • 23:35
    BOGEY: Fowler's (-4) tee shot costs him a shot at the 16th, missed the fairway and failed to get up and down from the front edge.  
  • 23:35
  • 23:39

    BIRDIES: On the 15th, Day (-4), has his second successive birdie as does Kisner, who extends his lead and is the first player to 10 under.  


    PAR: Matsuyama misses his six feet birdie putt.  

  • 23:40
    WATER ALERT. Fowler (-4) has put his tee ball as they'd say in some parts of the States in the water at the 17th.  
  • 23:42
    WATER: Fowler (-4) misclubs on the par three, 17th and ends up short and in the water.  
  • 23:42
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  • 23:44
    LIP OUT: Stroud (-7) nearly makes a belter on the 16th.  
  • 23:44
    I concur
  • 23:44
  • 23:46
    BOGEY: Oosthuizen (-4) careless three putt.  
  • 23:49
    WATER: KIsner has hit his worst shot in three rounds and found the water at the par four, 16th. He'd the world right and tugged it left.  
  • 23:53
    Kisner will give back probably two shots at the 16th, basically the birdies on the 14th and 15th. One craeless swing, mental error.  
  • 23:55

    Kisner has about 28 feet for bogey.  

  • 23:58
    BIRDIE: Day (-5) drains a 42-foot putt on the 16th. Disappeared like a rabbit down a hole.  
  • 23:59
    DOUBLE BOGEY: That is cruel. Kisner's (-8) putt hits the back of the hole and hops out.  
  • 23:59
  • 00:01

    DOUBLE BOGEY: Fowler (-2) pays a heavy price for choosing the wrong club.


    BOGEY (-3) Murray drops one at the final hole.  

  • 00:02
    Kisner and Stroud tied for the lead on eight under.  
  • 00:06
    Kisner with a gorgeous seven iron tee shot on the par three 17th. Only player in his group to hit the green. Five hours and five minutes and counting.  
  • 00:06
    Live
  • 00:07
    This is how the live blog feels.  
  • 00:10

    BOGEY: Fowler (-1) lets another go at the last.  


    DOUBLE BOGEY: Paul Casey (level) gives up two shots on 18, playing the hardest hole on the course.  

  • 00:11
    Justin Thomas, 69 and three behind on five under.  
  • 00:12
    Kisner (-8) rolls his 21-footer over the edge of the hole. Steady though.  
  • 00:12
  • 00:13
    BOGEY: Stroud drops one behind on the 17th.  
  • 00:14
    BOGEY: Day's (-4) run of three birdies finishes with a bogey on the 17th.  
  • 00:16
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  • 00:21

    BOGEY: Stroud (-6, 71) drops another at the last, largely because of a poor tee shot.  


    PAR: Oosthuizen (-5, 71), Molinari (-2, 76)  

  • 00:21
  • 00:23
    Day is in serious trouble, stuck behind trees on the right of the fairway. This has a double bogey look to it.  
  • 00:28
    That was a crazy decision by Day. He must be hallucinating with fatigue. Goodness Kisner's played an equally bad shot. Both are in serious trouble. Kisner hits the rocks and bounces to the other side of the stream. He's no shot really. Day is in a bush and Matsuyama has a 20 foot birdie putt.  
  • 00:29
  • 00:31
    Day taking a penalty drop.  
  • 00:32
    Day's played four and he's going to take a triple bogey.  
  • 00:33
  • 00:33
  • 00:34
    KIsner takes his medicine. He'll make bogey if he can two putt from 35 feet.  
  • 00:34
    Day still isn't on the green and he's played five.  
  • 00:35
  • 00:35
  • 00:37
    Kisner has three feet up the hill for bogey.  
  • 00:38
  • 00:41

    The final group took five hours and 40-minutes. Matsuyama two putts for par. (-6, 73). Day (level) makes a snowman EIGHT on the final hole. Kisner (-7, 72) makes bogey and will take a one shot lead into the final round.  


    KIsner will play with Stroud in the final pairing.


    LEADERBOARD

  • 00:41
    Thanks for your patience and company.
  • 00:43
    7 Kisner
    -6 Stroud
    -6 Matsuyama
    -5 Thomas
    -5 Oosthuizen
    -3 Murray