Australia’s Jason Day leads the US PGA Championship going into Sunday’s final round at 15-under par with Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth trailing two shots behind and South Africa’s Branden Grace and England’s Justin Rose tied for third, a further stroke back. On an eventful third day at Whistling Straits, the first order of the day was to complete the second round, interrupted by bad Wisconsin weather on Friday. Thereafter the third round teed off.
First round leader Dustin Johnson eventually signed for a one-over 73 to complete his second round and relinquish top spot on the leaderboard. Day meanwhile was moving in for the kill. The Aussie has improved on a daily basis in Sheboygan and his three rounds to date, in order from Thursday, read as follows: 68, 67, 66.
In Saturday’s third round the 27-year old carded birdies at one, three and five. Those three were necessary because the Queenslander bogeyed two and four. The world number five settled down to birdie nine and 10 before landing an eagle at 11. Day’s good form continued with sub-pars at 13 and 14 although he then used six shots at the par-four 15th. The Australian would have been pleased to birdie 17 in what was an entertaining round of golf.
Spieth will no doubt be gunning for Day’s position on the final day as the Texan searches for a third Major in this calendar year. Moreover he will have the backing of the home crowd. Not only because of his American nationality, but because the United States of America would love nothing more than to hold all four Majors simultaneously again.
Day himself has yet to land a Major. He has finished runner-up before at both the Masters and US Open in 2011, and again at the latter in 2013.