5 Things We Learned on Day 3 of the 2017 PGA Championship

Thanks to a wayward approach from Kevin Kisner on hole No. 16 in the third round, we have much more of a tournament at Quail Hollow. No one made a sizable move on moving day, although there were plenty of heroics. In fact, Saturday will be remembered more for the miscues than the mastery. Through it all, the top five remained surprisingly consistent. Let’s mash it all up and see what comes out.

1) Cold Putters

Chris Stroud, Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Kisner, keep the names coming. No one putted particularly well on Saturday. Perhaps it was nerves, or maybe overconfidence. Putts were running at the hole with the speed of a locomotive, and it was only a matter of time until they started hitting edges and lipping out. A suggestion for Sunday, fellows: play a bit more break and tap it in. Just tap it in.

2) Canadian Tour Sauce

Graham DeLaet stood at 3-over par on the day after a double bogey on 12. A par at 13 stanched the bleeding, then came the most incredible, four-hole stretch of the tournament. The Bearded One went birdie-eagle-eagle-birdie, to move six strokes to the good, finishing the day at 2-under for the tournament, five strokes back of leader Kevin Kisner. Forgive us if we say that DeLaet’s tough act to follow will be his own performance. Here’s hoping that the Maple Leaf proves us wrong.

3) Seve’s hook comes to Kisner

Kevin Kisner had a three-shot margin in his sights when he came to his tee ball on 16. Knowing that a huge pond lurked left of the green, Kisner made the one mistake he could not afford, a Seve-esque smother hook into the wet stuff. His lead was reduced to two, and a bogey at the last gave him a slim, one-stroke advantage over Chris Stroud and Hideki Matsuyama after 54 holes. Just one hook, that’s all it took.

4) You’re a heartbreaker, Rickie Fowler

Guess who was the antithesis to DeLaet’s four-hole binge? Yup, the guy who can’t catch a major break. Fowler came to the beginning of the green mile at 5-under par, which would have placed him T4, two back of Kisner at day’s end. It wasn’t to be, though, as Fowler finished bogey-double-bogey to drop four shots fast. He’s not technically out of it, at 1-under for the tournament, but does he have a 64 in his quiver for Sunday? Odds say No. Here’s a look at his last ray of sunshine on Saturday.

5) Jason Day had a rough … day

Remember that he’s been under the weather, in the sick bay, on the mend. We’re used to seeing near perfection from the Aussie. Today reminded us how difficult the game can be at the top level. Like Fowler, Day closed poorly, but he dropped four strokes on one, single hole: number 18. First, he drove it right, into the trees. Next, he … oh, never mind, just watch and weep.

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