The Latest: Day takes the lead into final round of PGA
Aug. 16, 2015
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):
Jason Day shot 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead over Jordan Spieth into the final round of the PGA Championship.
Day got the first of his nine top-10 major finishes at Whistling Straits five years ago, and will try to wrap up his first major on the same course Sunday.
After a slow start to his round, Spieth made six birdies over his last eight holes to shoot 65 and earn a spot in Sunday's final twosome.
Another shot back is Branden Grace, who holed out from a bunker on 18 for birdie to cap a best-of-the-day 64. Also at 12 under is and Justin Rose, who shot 68.
Martin Kaymer, who won the PGA at Whistling Straits in 2010, is at 11 under, with Tony Finau and Matt Jones another shot behind.
Jordan Spieth made six birdies over his last eight holes and is now one shot behind leader Jason Day at the PGA Championship.
Spieth, who has the Masters and U.S. Open titles this year, is trying to become the first player to win all three American majors in the same season.
After a slow start, and a 1-under 35 on the front, Spieth made birdies on 11, 12 and 13, then three more to close out the round.
He shot 7-under 65, and headed into the clubhouse tied for second at 13 under with Justin Rose, who was still out on the course.
The 77 players have combined for 322 birdies at the PGA Championship so far in the third round. That's an average of a little more than 4.1 birdies per player.
On Thursday, the average was 2.8, and on Friday, the average was 3.4.
It's one way of measuring how well the field is playing at Whistling Straits.
So far, there has been one 64, from Branden Grace, and two 65s, from Martin Kaymer and Boo Weekley.
If leader Jason Day simply pars in over his last four holes, he'll shoot 65. He's at 7 under for his round, flirting with the single-round record at a major, which stands at 63.
More video of the Matt Jones shot off carpet: http://go.pga.com/1MugeLS
Rory McIlroy shot a 68 to reach 6-under 210 at the PGA Championship. He'll have one more round to go in his return from an ankle injury, and then take a two-week break.
That means missing the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs on the PGA Tour.
McIlroy says he wants to take stock of where he is and then will start up at the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston and play through to the Tour Championship. His schedule is fairly limited after that — the Frys.com Open in Napa, California, in October, and then probably one event in Shanghai and the European Tour finale in Dubai.
Branden Grace has the clubhouse lead.
Matt Jones has the hospitality tent shot.
Grace chipped in from the bunker on No. 18 at the PGA Championship for a birdie to complete a round of 8-under 64 and move into the lead at 12 under.
He is tied with Tony Finau, Jason Day and Jones, who is trending online after playing a shot from the blue carpet in a hospitality tent, and salvaging bogey on the ninth hole.
Matt Jones took his medicine. Maybe it came with a hot dog on the side.
Jones saved bogey after teeing off into the hospitality tent on No. 9, then electing to play his second shot as it lied — on the blue carpet.
Jones made the turn at 12 under par, one shot ahead of Martin Kaymer, who won the PGA Championship in 2010 — the last time it was played at Whistling Straits.
Here's video of the day's most improbable shot: http://bit.ly/1ULjOCy
Mind if I play through here?
PGA leader Matt Jones' tee shot on No. 9 landed in a hospitality test situated well left of the fairway.
The ball came to rest on the dark blue carpet. Jones walked into the tent, checked out the lie — perfectly clean — then walked back to a spot on the golf course where he would have been permitted a free drop.
He decided to play it as it lied. After walking back through the crowd, and getting the yardage from his caddie — 154 but be careful of the picket fence — he took a swing and hit it to the fringe just off the green. There were high-fives all around as he exited.
And he didn't even have to buy anyone a beer.
He's wearing green, white and blue and representing for the red, white and blue.
Last year's FedEx Cup champion, Billy Horschel — yes, the man in the neon green pants and blue and white striped shirt — is 5 under for the day and tied for fifth overall at 9-under par at the PGA Championship.
He and Tony Finau, who is tied for second, are the only Americans in the top 10.
It's an international leaderboard at the PGA Championship.
Matt Jones of Australia is leading at 13 under, and trying to become the first man from Down Under to win the PGA since Steve Elkington in 1995.
Three shots back are Branden Grace of South Africa, Jason Day, also of Australia, and Tony Finau, who was born in Salt Lake City but is of Tongan and American Samoan decent.
It has been an uneven afternoon so far for Jason Day at the PGA Championship.
He had two birdies and two bogeys through his first four holes of the third round to stay at 9 under for the tournament.
But Day now has company in second place, three shots behind leader Matt Jones. Branden Grace, Tony Finau and Anirban Lahiri all joined Day at 9 under by mid-afternoon.
Jones is playing with Day in an all-Aussie final pairing. Jones is 1 under so far in the round.
Leader Matt Jones is off to a good start in the third round at the PGA Championship.
Jason Day is right on his heels in the final pairing of the afternoon.
Jones and Day each had birdies on the first hole. Jones has moved to 12 under for the tournament, two up on his fellow Aussie.
Charl Schwartzel also is making a move. He has a bogey-free round through 13 holes along with five birdies, moving to 7 under for the tournament.
Phil Mickelson has made up a lot of ground in the third round at the PGA Championship.
Lefty finished the day at 6 under and moved to 5 under for the tournament.
Mickelson birdied No. 17 before escaping a jam on the final hole. His second shot fell short of the green and landed on a steep, grassy incline.
But Mickelson's next shot was near-perfect, chipping to within 3 feet of the hole to set up a putt to save par.
The fan favorite exchanged handshakes with Jason Bohm, who played with Mickelson on Saturday and finished with the same score. They're both chasing Matt Jones, the leader at 11 under.
Boo Weekley made up seven shots in the third round to get to 6 under and a tie for ninth.
Rory McIlroy is moving up quickly on Moving Day at the PGA Championship.
After holing out from the fringe for an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole, he is 4 under for the day and 6 under for the tournament.
He's not alone.
Phil Mickelson made five birdies over six holes to briefly get to 5 under. On No. 8, he hit a 190-yard shot from a bunker to within three feet of the hole for an easy birdie. He has since given one of those shots back.
And Boo Weekley is 6 under for the day, heading into the homestretch. He has three holes left and will likely finish at about the time leader Matt Jones, at 11 under, starts his third round.
Here's Mickelson's shot: http://bit.ly/1TGos2k
Expect Jordan Spieth to go for it today at the PGA Championship.
Warming up in calm weather, and watching a bunch of low scores go up on the board, the Masters and U.S. Open champion said he knows it's a day to be aggressive.
In a pre-round interview on TV, Spieth said he'll let it all hang out and try to get closer to pins on his approach shots than he has in the opening rounds.
He said he figures if it works out, he'll be able to score today. And if not, he said, he knows he'll have some ground to make up tomorrow.
He starts the day at 6 under — five behind leader Matt Jones.
Guess who? It's Boo.
Boo Weekley made three birdies over the first four holes on the back nine to get to 5 under for the tournament. He is tied for 10th.
Among those warming up: Jordan Spieth, who is at 6 under, David Lingmerth, at 7 under, and Justin Rose, at 8 under.
All are chasing Australia's Matt Jones, who tees off in the last group with Jason Day. Jones holds the lead at 11 under.
Missed it by that much.
Rory McIlroy started his third round at the PGA Championship by getting agonizingly close to a birdie at No. 1. His 44-foot putt edged just left of the hole.
The world's top-ranked player walked up to the hole, circled it, looked down and smiled. He tapped in for par.
McIlroy is 2 under for the tournament. He's got a lot of room to make up on leader Matt Jones, who is 11 under and tees off later this afternoon.
Fan favorite Phil Mickelson has made up five shots while moving to 4 under for the tournament.
Phil Mickelson is taking advantage of calm weather early in the third round to go on something of a birdie binge at the PGA Championship.
He has made three over his first six holes to get to 1 under for the tournament.
But Mickelson has a long way to go if he wants to get in contention. He is still 10 shots behind leader Matt Jones, who tees off later this afternoon.
Only one club pro qualified to play the final two rounds of the PGA Championship. But there will be two of them knocking the ball around Whistling Straits in the third round Saturday.
Brian Gaffney of Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, New York, made the cut.
Michael O'Reilly, the head pro at Whistling Straits, is playing as a non-competing marker for Morgan Hoffman.
Hoffman would have otherwise played alone because there were an odd number of players left in the tournament after the cut.
O'Reilly's job will be mostly to play fast, stay out of the way and keep Hoffman's score. He has done this before. He got the call in 2004, the first time Whistling Straits hosted the PGA.
The third round is under way at the PGA Championship.
Among those on the course are former champions Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner. They each started the round at 2 over par — 13 shots behind the leader, Australia's Matt Jones.
Phil Mickelson tees off later this morning.
Jones and Day make up the all-Aussie final pairing. They'll have plenty of time to get ready. Their tee time isn't until 3:06 p.m. local time in Wisconsin.
Tiger Woods is signed up for next week's Wyndham Championship. It doesn't necessarily mean he'll play.
After his second round finished up at the PGA this morning, he said he would discuss the plan with his team and decide in the next few days about whether to play next week in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Woods is ranked 186th in the FedEx standings. He would need to finish at least second alone to climb into the top 125 and make the FedEx playoffs.
During the post-round interview, Woods sounded like someone who knows he needs to play more golf to get his game in shape. He also sounded like someone whose 2015 season might, indeed, be over. He said he guessed his PGA Tour season might be coming to a close but that he's still got plenty of golf to play around the world in exhibition and non-tour events.
Matt Jones is in the clubhouse with the lead at the PGA Championship.
He finished up a second round of 7-under 65 and is 11 under for the tournament. That's two shots ahead of Jason Day and three in front of Justin Rose.
The final groups are wrapping up the second round. After a short break, the third round will begin, though Day and Jones won't tee off in the final twosome until after noon.
No big surprise — Tiger Woods is heading home.
He played the last five holes of the second round at the PGA Championship at even par to finish at 4-over 148.
That is two outside the expected cut line. Woods will miss the cut for the third straight time in a major.
That has never happened before.
Matt Jones of Australia is 11 under with one hole to play, good for a two-shot lead over Jason Day, who wrapped up a round of 5-under 67 this morning.
There are a handful of groups finishing up the second round, which was suspended last night because of rain. Shortly after they're done, the third round will begin.
Now, it's Matt Jones in the lead at the PGA Championship.
Jones made a birdie to get to 10 under for the tournament, while fellow Aussie Jason Day finished his second round with a bogey and is in the clubhouse at 9-under 135.
About 60 players came back to Whistling Straits early this morning to finish the second round, which was suspended when a strong storm hit late Friday afternoon.
Jones will take a long break before teeing off for the third round later this afternoon.
Tiger Woods almost certainly won't be around much longer. Returning for a 7 a.m. restart, he failed to get up and down from the rough on No. 14 and settled for bogey. He was at 4 over heading into his final hole. The projected cut was 2 over, so unless Woods holes out from the 18th fairway for an eagle, he'll be done for the week.
Jason Day has a good chance of heading into the third round of the PGA Championship with the lead.
Tiger Woods has virtually no chance of sticking around for more than another hour or so.
Golf has started back up at Whistling Straits. About 60 players came back early this morning to finish the second round.
Day made a birdie on the par-5 16th hole to get to 10 under par. That puts him alone in the lead, one shot ahead of Matt Jones.
And Woods? He failed to get up and down from the rough on No. 14 and settled for bogey. That dropped him to 5 over, which is three shots outside of the projected cut line.