After a belated start following storms yesterday, the third round of the PGA Championship is well underway.
A host of stars started ‘Moving Day’ within a few shots of the lead, but while some are well-placed to contend, others have fallen by the wayside.
World number one Dustin Johnson was just three shots off leader Gary Woodland before the start, but DJ has surprisingly struggled today at Bellerive Country Club. Despite his incredible all-round statistics, he has been unable to make a birdie, with two dropped shots leaving him on -5 and just inside the top 20.
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) August 9, 2018
Rory McIlroy’s slim hopes of a fifth major this week are long gone, with four birdies being negated by four equivalent dropped shots and a double bogey on 12 seeing him back on -2, eleven shots behind leader Brooks Koepka.
The double U.S. Open champion is -5 for his round after just nine holes. Sparkling driving and excellent approaches left a series of make-able putts, which the ice cold American has dispatched to lead Woodland by three shots, and Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott and Kevin Kisner by four.
Lurking at -8 are both Tiger Woods and Shane Lowry.
After his excellent second round of 64, this outing has been much more quiet for the Offaly man. Birdies at holes six and nine after quality irons followed an early bogey, but he still has six holes to go in order to make it into the final groups.
Woods was +3 after two holes of the tournament, but no matter – he is -4 for the day after a remarkable five birdies on his first eight holes.
"Feeling the flow. Working it…" pic.twitter.com/qe2EjIjzEh
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) August 11, 2018
If either man can keep within five shots of the imperious Koepka heading into Sunday, anything can happen on a major championship Sunday.