Jason Day threw away his chance of a second US PGA title with “one crazy decision” according to six-time major winner Nick Faldo.
Day was four shots off the lead playing the final hole at Quail Hollow when he attempted a highly risky recovery shot around a tree just two yards in front of him.
The former world number one succeeded only in sending his ball into some bushes, from where he had to take a penalty drop and pitch over more shrubbery into the rough to the right of the fairway.
From there Day came up short of the green and three-putted to card a quadruple-bogey eight, dropping him back to level par and seven behind playing partner Kevin Kisner, who had double-bogeyed the 16th and bogeyed the last.
Commentating for CBS, Faldo said: “That’s one of the craziest decisions I have ever seen a professional make, that second shot.
“I can’t believe Col Swatton (his caddie) did not give him a wedge and start walking, say that’s the only choice mate.
“That is his PGA right out of the window with one crazy decision.”
The late drama came after a largely uneventful day and left Kisner with a one-shot lead over Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and compatriot Chris Stroud, who secured the final place in the field by winning his first PGA Tour title at the 289th time on Sunday.
Matsuyama, who won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week, could only add a 73 to his course-record 64 on Friday, with Justin Thomas and Louis Oosthuizen a shot further back on five under.