Kevin Kisner Holds on to the Lead at PGA Championship
It was a wild one yesterday [Saturday] at Quail Hollow, where the PGA Championship was being played. Round 3 of the Tournament couldn’t get any wilder. Yet Kevin Kisner played calm cool and collective, just as he has done all tournament.
After Round 2 he was up -8 on top of the Leaderboard. He was really playing well. During Round 3 he had some real competition, from Hideki Matsuyama and Chris Stroud. After the 7th Hole which each of them Birdied, Kisner was up a stroke at -9, while Matsuyama and Stroud were tied at -8. That would be as close as they would get. Kisner played the Front 9 perfectly. The Front 9 had been playing harder than the notorious Back 9. Yet Kisner had a few Bogeys down the Back 9. His only real blemishes came on Holes 12, 16, and 18. He finished the day -7 and 1 over
His only real blemishes came on Holes 12, 16, and 18. He finished the day -7 and 1 over on the Round. It was a far cry away from the 67 he posted on Round 1 and Round 2. The Championship is still up for grabs.
Hideki Matsuyama played well. He was constantly nipping at the heels of the Leader. He had some shots that he missed that were makable. I mean there were some that just touched the rim of the cup. His Birdie at the 7th was really remarkable.
There were times when he saved himself by Paring the Hole. He got into similar trouble as Jordan Spieth, on the 12th and 13th. Who could forget the pine straw shot that Spieth made on Friday. It was just disastrous. But Matsuyama played them differently. He stayed in the rough but kept the ball above the Holes. It was really amazing when he got out of trouble and was only punished a Bogey. He really is good at chipping and has a real awareness of the Greens. He finished the day -6 and 2 over on the Round.
One of the big stories of the day was Jason Day, who started out -6 and tried as he might to hold on to it. His Round 3 play was wild. I mean seriously it was a real roller coaster ride! At one point he was hitting a waist high Bunker Shot. At another point he was hitting out of the trees. Then he was hitting out of the pine straw. There was a point where he was even hitting out of the water!
I mean come on, how does that happen? He had one leg in the water hazard and one foot on the slope. It was a remarkable shot but man did he have a rough day. He ended up Bogeying several Holes on the Back 9. I mean you could tell that he was really struggling to hit his tee shots. He had some missed chances for Birdies on the Front 9 but the Back 9 did him in. He Bogeyed on the typical 12th and 13th as well as the 17th. He would go on to Quadruple Bogeyed the 18th. He finished the day Even and for the Round he was +6.
The PGA Championship continues today on CBS, as the Final Round pairings begin at 2:30 PM.
Look for Kisner to try and keep the lead. He has been playing well and has a level headed approach to this Golf Course, Quail Hallow. I expect to see Matsuyama to eventually tie for the lead as he is playing exceptionally well. Also look for Stroud to be a dark horse contender for the PGA Championship.