Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Lahiri drops to tied 68 as putter fails him in third round

Lahiri drops to tied 68 as putter fails him in third round

Despite firing a 71, it effectively ends American Spieth's hopes of breaking Tiger Woods' record as the youngest career Grand Slam champion as he will begin the final round 10 shots adrift of Kisner.

Kisner, a US PGA Tour victor three months ago at Colonial, shared the 18-hole lead with Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, who was four-over halfway into his second round.

While Quail Hollow is a normal stop on the PGA Tour, this is the first time the Charlotte Golf Course has hosted a major tournament event, either the U.S. Open or the PGA Championship.

However, changes to several holes and a switch to bermuda rough and greens had not suited the four-time major victor, whose last major title came in the 2014 US PGA at Valhalla.

The idea persisted after he birdied 14, 15 and16 to get to two under for the day and into position to have his first sub-par round of the tournament.

What does Spieth think he needs to shoot Saturday to get back in the mix?

Stroud was also still standing despite bogeying the final two holes, six days after recording his first PGA Tour victory in Reno, Nevada. This is the start of the fourth quarter [of the season].

"I don't know if the other players should be nervous or not, but this is my first experience leading a major, or tied for the lead, after 36 holes", Matsuyama said. He had seven bogeys and a double-bogey, and just one birdie. That's what I'm looking to do here.

Patrick Reed (2 under): Reed still does not have a top 10 at a major championship, but he's been nails this week. "The last kind of stinks because it sets me back there - 18 is just a ridiculously hard hole today".

Sunday, Thomas enters the final round of the 99th PGA Championship just two back of leader Kevin Kisner, playing in the second-to-last group with Hideki Matsuyama.

Spieth played a better level-par round which included three consecutive birdies on the back nine before being spoiled by a double bogey six on the 18th hole.

The 2015 US PGA Championship victor plummeted to a share of 16th at even-par, seven shots back of leader Kevin Kisner. After starting the day two shots off the pace, the Australian crashed out of contention with a series of errors, notably going for the green from the trees en route to a quadruple-bogey 8 at the par-4 18th, resulting in a 77. "I want to make the most of every shot", he said. Last week gave me an unbelievable sense of calm. "He was happy as well obviously, to be able to finish and not have to wake up at 5.30".

The threat of lightning in North Carolina meant play was disrupted for nearly two hours, but Matsuyama managed to pick up from where he left off at the 15th hole and eventually drew level with American Kisner, who managed to complete his round before the weather took a turn for the worse.

Kisner's consistency had seen him finish as co-leader in the opening two rounds and he continued that until a bogey on the 12th ended a run of 25 holes without dropping a shot.

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