Despite securing a lead that he will hold alone overnight, the 27 year-old may not sleep terribly easily, as he knows that, among others, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose are hot on his trail. Spieth and Rose carded Saturday rounds of 65 and 68 respectively.
After coming so close in previous majors without silverware to show, the Australian will be striving to ensure that Sunday will finally be his day.
It was a moving day of majestic quality and scintillating entertainment at the Wisconsin venue. Favourable weather conditions contributed to remarkably low scoring, with only two players in the top 24 shot rounds over par. Accordingly, approximately 16 players retire on Saturday evening feeling that they are still in contention after 54 holes.
Sunday’s final round is not to be missed, as those remaining in the field set their sights on making a tilt towards lifting the Wanamaker Trophy, the last opportunity for major silverware this calendar year.
The first of the top ten tee off at 1pm CT (5pm BST), while three-quarters of an hour later, the final pairing, Day and Spieth, are due to take their first shots for the fairway. Wind speeds are forecast to pick up, as blustery conditions are expected from Lake Michigan. Though scores may not play as low as Saturday, the excitement and drama show no signs of abating. Round four of the US PGA Championship promises to be a classic.
South African Branden Grace’s chip-in for birdie from the bunker at the challenging 18th hole may well be considered Saturday’s shot of the day, but the round’s opening leader Matt Jones excursion at hole nine will certainly be the most memorable.
The Australian’s overly-faded his drive to land his ball in the elevated hospitality zone, to the excitement of the patrons.
The area was then cleared for Jones to shoot green-ward, before he made off with a bogey, his then second after 45 holes of play. Jones certainly ensured that he played the hole true to its name, the hole being known as “Down and Dirty”.
-12: Grace, Rose
-10: M Jones, Finau
-9: D Johnson, Lahiri
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