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Matsuyama's 'extra gear' impresses Els at PGA Championship

Matsuyama's 'extra gear' impresses Els at PGA Championship

The three major champions this year - Sergio Garcia (Masters), Brooks Koepra (US Open), and Jordan Spieth (The Open) share another common denominator - they have six letters in their Christian name, and six in their surname. Two birdies (12th and 18th holes) helped him finish the day at 72 which takes his 36-hole total to three-over 145.

In the back-nine, he corrected his mistakes and played flawlessly. Sailing along with a two-shot lead, Kisner pulled a shot into the water at the 16th and had his bogey-putt spin out of the hole for a double. American Chris Stroud is best placed among those yet to complete the round, five-under with five holes left.

Phil Mickelson's 100th major appearance ended with a far more disappointing statistic as the five-time major victor suffered an early exit at Quail Hollow. Meanwhile, Kisner had a good look at birdie at No. 17 before hooking his second shot on 18 toward the creek bordering the green.

The 2015 US PGA Championship victor plummeted to a share of 16th at even-par, seven shots back of leader Kevin Kisner. So I hit a six iron and just said, "okay, I'll bounce it up the cart path and see where this goes". So, I was again three-over.

The PGA Championship has turned into a track meet.

Bernd Wiesberger returned to complete three holes.

His decision to attack with his second shot on that hole from behind a tree - his shot ricocheted off another tree further up in front of him - will long be questioned by observers. Stuck behind a tree off the tee, he tried to hook the ball around it, sent it into the bushes and had to take a penalty stroke. Earlier I had three-putted the 14th from around 25 feet.

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Hideki Matsuyama has broad shoulders but is not finding it easy to carry the weight of an entire nation as he seeks to become the first Japanese man to win a major.

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

Sharing fourth at five-under 137 in the clubhouse were Italy's Francesco Molinari, with a bogey-free 64, and South African Louis Oosthuizen, who shot a bogey-free 67. "We had a nice bit of fun and had a little bet going down the last (for lowest score) and I almost snuck $100 off Rory".

A thunderstorm that halted play for almost an hour and 45 minutes came after Matsuyama had made three consecutive birdies starting at the 12th hole, but he took advantage of wet conditions when play resumed and added birdies at the par-five 15th and par-three 17th.

The 33-year-old from SC has won twice on the PGA Tour, and has also lost four times in playoffs.

"I didn't have it written in a diary from when I was young that I need to win a career Grand Slam as the youngest ever".


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