CLEVELAND, Ohio — The fourth round of PGA Championship 2017 unfolded today (Sunday, Aug. 13) at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.
Kevin Kisner led at 7-under through 54 holes. Chris Stroud and Hideki Matsuyama were tied for second at 6-under.
Jason Day had a quadruple bogey on the par-4 18th to fall to even for the tournament entering Sunday.
Quail Hollow has hosted a regular PGA Tour stop since 2003. This year, the Wells Fargo Championship moved to Wilmington, N.C., in May because of the PGA Championship. Brian Harman won.
PGA OF AMERICA
Site: Charlotte, N.C.
Course: Quail Hollow Club. Yardage: 7,600. Par: 71.
Purse: TBA ($10 million in 2016). First prize: TBA ($1.8 million in 2016).
Television (all times EDT): Friday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., TNT. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., TNT Sports; 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. CBS. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., TNT; 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., CBS.
Field: 156 players (136 tour pros, 20 club pros).
Defending champion: Jimmy Walker.
Last week: Hideki Matsuyama won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Chris Stroud won the Barracuda Championship.
Last year: Walker held on for par on the 18th hole at Baltusrol for a 3-under 67 and a one-shot victory over Jason Day. It was the longest final day in 64 years at the PGA Championship because of rain, with Walker playing 36 holes on Sunday. Day was trying to join Tiger Woods as the only players to win back-to-back in the PGA in stroke play. He hit a 2-iron to 15 feet and made eagle on the 18th.
Tough at the top: It has been 10 years since the No. 1 player in the world won the PGA Championship.
Notable: Jordan Spieth will have a chance to complete the career Grand Slam if he wins the PGA Championship. Of the five players with the career Grand Slam, none finished it off at the PGA Championship. … Quail Hollow has been host of the currently named Wells Fargo Championship since 2003, except that it moved to Wilmington, N.C., this year because of the PGA. … The opening five holes went through a major change after last year’s tournament, and the course now plays to the par-71. … This is the third North Carolina course to host the PGA Championship. The others were Pinehurst No. 2 (Denny Shute won in 1936) and Tanglewood (Lee Trevino won in 1974). … Jason Day holds the PGA Championship record with eight consecutive rounds in the 60s. … The past three PGA Championship winners — Walker, Day and Rory McIlroy — each shot 68 or better in all four rounds. … McIlroy has won twice at Quail Hollow, including his first PGA Tour victory in 2010 when he closed with a 62. … Tiger Woods is the only player to win the PGA Championship back-to-back (1999-2000 and 2006-07) since it switched to stroke play in 1958.
Next week: Wyndham Championship.
Here are some of the players DMan planned to watch, even if only for two rounds:
Jordan Spieth, United States
Skinny: Seeks career Grand Slam by age of 24 years, 18 days (would be youngest ever). Won The Masters 2015, U.S. Open 2015 and The Open Championship 2017. … Owns 11 career PGA Tour titles, including three in 2016-17 season. … Ranked No. 2 in world.
Hideki Matsuyama, Japan
Skinny: Won WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week at Firestone Country Club in Akron. Shot South Course-record-tying 61 in final round to finish 16-under, five shots clear of second-place Zach Johnson. … Has won three PGA Tour events this season. … World No. 3.
Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland
Skinny: Likes golfing at this time of year. Really likes golfing at Quail Hollow (six top-10’s in seven starts; victories in 2010, 2015). … Showed flashes of best form at WGC-Bridgestone 2017 (T-5). … Has won four majors, including PGA Championship 2012, 2014. … World No. 4.
Jason Day, Australia
Skinny: Won PGA Championship 2015 and finished second at PGA Championship 2016 (to Jimmy Walker). … Will the problematic back hold up? …. World No. 7.
Dustin Johnson, United States
Skinny: Won three straight PGA Tour starts earlier this season. Past two starts: T-8th at RBC Canadian and T-17th at WGC-Bridgestone. … World No. 1.
Brooks Koepka, United States
Skinny: Won U.S. Open 2017. … Finished T-4th at PGA Championship 2016 and T-6th at The Open 2017. … World No. 11.
Sergio Garcia, Spain
Skinny: The Masters 2017 champion. Will be grouped with Jordan Spieth and Koepka for at least first two rounds. … World No. 5.
Charley Hoffman, United States
Skinny: Shot opening-round 65 at The Masters 2017; finished T-22nd. Finished 8th at U.S. Open 2017. Past two starts: 2nd at RBC Canadian Open, 3rd at WGC-Bridgestone. … World No. 20.
Rickie Fowler, United States
Skinny: Seeking first major title; much too talented to be without one. Finished 9th at WGC-Bridgestone 2017. Won Wells Fargo 2012 and finished T-4th last year. … T-5th in U.S. Open 2017. … World No. 10.
Justin Rose, England
Skinny: Too talented to have won “only” one major (U.S. Open 2013). … Lost in playoff to Sergio at The Masters. … World No. 13.
Webb Simpson, United States
Skinny: Quail Hollow course literally is beyond the backyard of his family home. … Won U.S. Open 2012. … World No. 60.
James Hahn, United States
Skinny: Won Wells Fargo 2016, the most recent of his two PGA Tour victories. Age 35 and long overdue to play well in major (never has finished better than T-47th). … World No. 68.
Phil Mickelson, United States
Skinny: Probably won’t contend at age 47, but always fun to watch for as long as he lasts in a tournament. … Has performed well at Quail Hollow (nine top-10’s in 13 starts). Has won five majors, including PGA Championship 2005, among 42 PGA Tour titles. Has not won since The Open 2013. … World No. 30.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)