Highlights of Saturday's third round at the PGA Championship

McIlroy Blames

He chipped the next shot within a few feet of the hole and putted in for a five on the hole.

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. I think it's just the firmness of the fairways is not there.

"One could be the toughest opening hole in golf", said Jim Furyk early in the week. "I haven't hit it this well this whole summer".

Kisner had chances to recover from some of his misfortune, though he played the last three holes in 3 over.

Rory McIlroy was very pleased with his shot Friday when he skipped the golf ball off of the cart path on hole No. 10 at the 2017 PGA Championship.

Matsuyama is coming off a closing 61 that clinched a runaway victory at last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

The leading duo were hotly pursued by Jason Day, who finished two shots behind the pair before the hooter sounded and play was suspended for the day due to the fading light.

The Australian used the water to birdie the 14th at Quail Hollow, but he would fall out of contention before the end of the third round. "And there's a lot of putts that honestly, I'm not trying to make", Matsuyama said.

I had a bit of shaky start with a bogey on 10th, a par-5 and that was a disappointment, as you don't want to let go of the par-5s and certainly not drop a shot there.

Francesco Molinari shared the low round of the day with Matsuyama (64) which propelled the Italian up the leaderboard into a tie for fourth with Louis Oosthuizen and Chris Stroud whilst Rickie Fowler is a shot further back on -3 alongside Justin Thomas and England's Paul Casey. Tournament officials sounded the horn at 4:43 with lightning in the area. With three par-5s you need to score on them, fortunately I birdied the 15th when I got to 12 feet with my first two shots and the eagle putt hung onto the lip but it was still a birdie.

But there were others like Bryson DeChambeau who shot 72 with two eagles and two doubles, plus two birdies and three bogeys.

McGirt will stay in the Tar Heel state for next week's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro at Sedgefield Country Club.

Kevin Kisner has seized the solo lead after having a birdie in the first hole of Round 2.

Rodd Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5182.

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