KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The Newest on the PGA Championship (all instances native):
Phil Mickelson held on to his lead on the PGA Championship regardless of struggling on the again 9.
Mickelson shot a 70 on Saturday and was at 7-under 209 for the event. He’ll carry a one-shot lead over Brooks Koepka as he tries for his sixth profession main and second PGA title.
Mickelson made a 5-foot for par on the closing gap to maintain his lead via 54 holes.
Koepka had tied Mickelson for the lead with a birdie on the sixteenth. However he missed a brief putt on the tough 18th gap to maneuver again down.
Louis Oosthuizen, who started the spherical tied with Mickelson, was in third at 5 below after a 72.
Kevin Streelman completed with a 70 and is in fourth at 4 below.
Brooks Koepka has caught Phil Mickelson for a share of the lead on the PGA Championship late within the third spherical Saturday.
Whereas Mickelson got here again to the sector with a bogey and double bogey, Koepka has surged with three birdies. The final was a two-putt birdie on the par-5 sixteenth gap that matched Mickelson for the highest at 7 below.
Louis Oosthuizen is a shot behind at 5 below.
Phil Mickelson’s as soon as sizeable lead on the PGA Championship has shrunk to a shot on the again 9.
Mickelson led by 5 photographs and reached 10-under par after his birdie on No. 10. Nevertheless, a bogey on the twelfth gap and a double on No. 13 after driving within the water have left him at 7 below and only a shot in entrance of main champions Brook Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen.
Mickelson got here an inch in need of making par on the twelfth as he ball stopped a roll earlier than the cup. He had a 12-footer to avoid wasting bogey on the following gap earlier than lacking that for double.
Phil Mickelson achieved one thing many thought wouldn’t occur on the Ocean Course — going double digits below par on the PGA Championship.
Mickelson’s fifth birdie of the third spherical on No. 10 pushed him to 10-under par and opened a five-shot lead over Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen.
Heavy wind off the Atlantic Ocean made the all the time difficult course much more tough and confounded opponents at each flip.
Nobody escaped. Patrick Cantlay had the primary bogey-free spherical earlier Saturday with a 2-under 70.
Oosthuizen reached 6 below Friday earlier than dropping right into a tie for first with Mickelson after 36 holes.
Mickelson had continued his mastery of the seaside format and is threatening to show this right into a runaway, very like Rory McIlroy did right here in 2012 to win this title by eight photographs.
McIlroy completed 13 below in that victory 9 years in the past.
Patrick Cantlay has posted the primary bogey-free spherical in three days of golf within the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
Cantlay made 10 straight pars Saturday earlier than he ripped a fairway wooden onto the inexperienced on the par-5 eleventh gap for a two-putt birdie.
He added one other birdie on the par-4 thirteenth with an strategy to 7 ft. Cantlay made all pars the remainder of the way in which to shoot a 2-under 70 and attain even par for the event.
The Ocean Course is taking part in simpler amid lighter wind, however the perfect rating posted has been a 68.
Phil Mickelson performed one other sensible entrance 9 on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island to create some separation on the PGA Championship.
Mickelson shot a 4-under 32 on the primary 9 holes Saturday. A day earlier, he closed his spherical with a 5-under 31 after beginning on the again 9.
He’s made 9 birdies and no bogeys over that stretch to achieve 9 below for the event and seize a four-shot lead.
The 50-year-old Mickelson is threatening to show the yr’s second main right into a rout — very like Rory McIlroy did in 2012 at Kiawah Island, when he gained by eight photographs.
Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen are tied for second at 5 below. Oosthuizen shared the lead with Mickelson via 36 holes.
Brooks Koepka, a four-time main champion, is one other shot again at 4-under as he makes the flip.
Phil Mickelson opened up an early three-shot lead within the third spherical of the PGA Championship with some signature dangerous photographs.
Mickelson hit an extended iron over a tree that simply cleared a waste bunker on the par-5 second gap and settled 17 ft away for a routine two-putt birdie.
On the par-4 third, he drove right into a waste bunker and went immediately on the pin from 99 yards, hitting it to 2 ft for an additional birdie to achieve 7 below.
The 50-year-old Mickelson is in search of his second PGA and sixth main championship. He would additionally develop into the oldest to win a significant.
Jordan Spieth moved his means from the again of the pack to a extra respectable place on the PGA Championship with a 4-under 68 that he felt like ought to have been just a few photographs higher.
Spieth says he’s attempting to repair a flaw in his placing stroke and although he is aware of what to do, he can’t belief it on the course. That’s led to some frustration on the greens.
However Saturday’s spherical no less than received Spieth again to even par. He says he hates being over par in any event and can play aggressively on Sunday.
Although he’s most likely too far again to threaten the lead, Spieth wants solely the PGA to finish the profession grand slam.
Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen have began their rounds on the PGA Championship.
The 2 are tied for the highest at 5-under par getting into Saturday on the Ocean Course. It’s seemingly they gained’t face the milder breezes a lot of those that began earlier loved. Gamers who completed say the winds have switched instructions, too, making the spherical one other puzzle to unravel.
Mickelson and Oosthuizen have been a shot in entrance of Brooks Koepka and two forward of a gaggle that features Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama.
The PGA Championship is bracing for a swap within the wind for the third spherical.
The wind hasn’t been fairly as robust as the primary two days. Jordan Spieth and Billy Horschel have every posted a 68, the low rating Saturday within the early going.
Extra telling is how the course was arrange.
For 2 days, the wind was into the face of gamers on Nos. 1 via 4 after which 14 via 18, and at their backs from Nos. 5 via 13.
The fourth gap was 451 yards on Friday. It’s as much as 485 yards on Saturday. It was taking part in as the toughest gap within the early going. The nine-hole stretch that had been taking part in largely downwind the final two days is usually taking part in shorter.
The closing gap is at 493 yards for Saturday. That’s practically 20 yards longer than the primary spherical.
Webb Simpson may sense the change, primarily as a result of it was right-to-left on the seventeenth gap. That was an issue as a result of it meant having to begin the ball over the water on the proper.
Both means, Simpson says he doesn’t count on the leaders to have a tricky time with out as a lot wind in no matter path it blows.
Jordan Spieth is making a transfer early on the PGA Championship on Saturday.
The three-time main champion had 4 birdies via 12 holes, going from 4-over to even par. That’s nonetheless 5 photographs in again of co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen, who begin their rounds later.
Spieth had 9 bogeys over his first 36 holes and simply squeezed in forward of the lower line. He’s amongst a number of gamers profiting from the calmer, much less windy situations on the Ocean Course.
Joel Dahmen has moved from 3 over to 2 below after making six birdies on his entrance 9.
Webb Simpson is at 4 below for his third spherical after making the 5-over lower on the quantity. Ben Cook dinner, one in every of two of the 20 membership professionals competing to make the lower, can be 4 below for his spherical.
The winds off the Atlantic Ocean are anticipated to choose up because the day continues.
The beginning of the third spherical on the PGA Championship has introduced a slight reprieve within the relentless wind at Kiawah Island. Billy Horschel is amongst these taking benefit.
Horschel began birdie-eagle on Saturday and was 4 below for his spherical via six holes. He made the lower on the quantity and nonetheless was just one over for the event. Even so, it was an indication that early starters would possibly have the ability to make up floor.
Webb Simpson was 3 below via seven holes.
Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen, the co-leaders at 5-under 139, have been nonetheless 4 hours from teeing off.
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