Kisner holds slim PGA Championship lead, Day implodes on the last

Rory Mc Ilroy managed to secure a place in this weekend's action at Quail Hollow Club

Rory Mc Ilroy managed to secure a place in this weekend's action at Quail Hollow Club

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama shot a 2-over-par 73 on Saturday and gave up his share of the overnight lead after the third round of the PGA Championship, but remains in contention toward claiming his first major golf title one shot off the pace.

The Australian started the 18th hole four shots off the lead but hit his first short close behind a tree.

Rickie Fowler (1 under): Fowler had it to 5 under at one point, but he played the final three holes in 4 over.

Patrick Reed (69), Gary Woodland (69), Scott Brown (70) and Francesco Molinari (74) are also at two under. "This is my first experience leading a major, or tied for the lead after 36 holes", Matsuyama said.

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"The greens here at Quail Hollow, as you know, are really fast".

Jason Day shot a 66 to move into third place at 6 under.

Anirban Lahiri opened with at least a bogey for the three successive day and will now try to follow what has been a recurring theme this week - repairing the early damage as the third round of the PGA Championships began on Saturday.

Except for two swings and a cruel lip-out, Kisner could be in total command instead of clinging to the lead. Day is starting to look like the No. 1 player in the world he was for most of previous year, playing a four-hole stretch around the turn in 5-under par, posting a 66 and finishing two shots out of the lead. Yet, after going to three-over a few times, I am very happy with the way I finished with two birdies on seventh and ninth and a very short miss on eighth in between.

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QUOTEWORTHY: "I had a chance to run away from guys and take people out of the tournament that were four or five, six back, and I didn't do it". "However, I'm happy to just be one stroke back and still have a chance, and looking forward to tomorrow".

Two shots behind the leaders was Australian world No. 7 Jason Day, victor of the 2015 PGA Championship, who carded a 67 to take his total to six-under 136.

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. The ball bounced high off a rock and settled into what he called "the worst lie I've seen all week" in the deep Bermuda grass.

The ball lipped the cup for an albatross. He found a fairway bunker and greenside rough at the par-5 seventh but chipped to six feet and sank the birdie putt. So I was a little frustrated there. "I played even par after the delay and that's not very good, in my opinion, on those holes that we had left".

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From there McIlroy chipped to two feet and holed for par, giving a wry smile and raising his eyebrows to members of the media as he made his way to the 11th tee. Par at the last, and he would be just three back trying to win his second PGA Championship in the last three years.

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