Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Spieth's bid for career Grand Slam slipping away

Spieth's bid for career Grand Slam slipping away

The big mover was Justin Thomas of the USA, who is just two back after a 69, along with South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen.

Day's nightmare round was epitomised by a unusual decision on the par-four 18th hole to go for the green with his approach after finding trouble from the tee.

England's Paul Casey finished bogey, bogey, double bogey to drop back to level par but remains the highest placed British player. He is a two-time victor on the PGA Tour but has lost four play-offs for further titles, leaving some fans doubting his ability to close out the tournament.

Kisner started with six pars before picking up momentum on the par-5 seventh hole by rolling in a 50-foot eagle putt. American Chris Stroud is best placed among those yet to complete the round, five-under with five holes left.

But by the start of Saturday's third round at Quail Hollow Club his expectations had been lowered.

That took the world number 25 back to eight under and briefly level with Stroud before the latter bogeyed the 17th moments later and did the same on 18. As a result, Matsuyama still has a shot at the Wanamaker Trophy as he heads into the final round at 6 under, tied for second and just one shot behind Kevin Kisner. "I'm going to just enjoy it and not let it get me distracted", Stroud said after the round. He missed the green at the par-3 sixth but chipped to three feet and parred again.

The PGA Championship has turned into a track meet.

McIlroy admitted his situation could easily have been a lot worse, especially after he carved his second shot on the 591-yard 10th over the crowd and saw it bound down a cart path which runs along the side of the 11th. The ball caromed off another tree and left him a hard pitch back to the fairway.

The round will resume Saturday with 26 players on the course.

Neither had threatened the top of the leaderboard in the opening rounds but day three was where their challenges ended.

The 33-year-old Kisner showed a sublime touch on the final green to escape with only a bogey five for a one-over 72 and seven-under 206 as he bids for his first major title.

"Anything under 71 today is a good score", McIlroy said. "I have been struggling to get anything going".

Doing television commentary, six-time major victor Faldo was highly critical of 2015 PGA Championship victor Day.

"I didn't have it written in a diary when I was young [that] I needed to win a career Grand Slam. Nothing to lose", Spieth said.

The after-the-rain birdie fest that revved up the action in the second round of the 99th PGA Championship gave way to the tough-it-out, grind-it-out kind of golf usually associated with the third round of any major championship.

"I think that's really beneficial for me here, unlike other majors that we play once every five years or something".

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