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 and eventually ran up a quadruple bogey eight to finish seven shots behind Kevin Kisner, who enjoyed a one-shot lead over compatriot Chris Stroud and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama.
TWEET OF THE DAY
“Thing I learned today – @BradFaxon made a cameo on Kingpin” – A little off-topic from @shanebacon but (almost) worth it for the bizarre dancing appearance from former PGA Tour player Brad Faxon in the film’s title sequence.
SHOT OF THE DAY
Louis Oosthuizen looked in real trouble as he stood over his approach to the second, where his ball had finished in the pine straw close to the base of a tree. However, with his back pressed up against the tree trunk and the ball almost behind him, Oosthuizen manufactured a long, slinging hook on to the green and went on to make par.
ROUND OF THE DAY
It was not the lowest score, but Graham DeLaet’s 68 was undoubtedly the most exciting. After playing his first 12 holes in three over, DeLaet embarked on a run of birdie-eagle-eagle-birdie from the 13th, finishing an inch away from a hole-in-one on 13 and then hitting the pin with his drive on the 301-yard par-four 14th. The Canadian then holed from 12 feet on the 15th and 45 feet on the 16th.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Like Kevin Costner says in Bull Durham, one of my favourite movies, don’t mess up the streak.” Chris Stroud reveals his superstitious plans for the final round having secured his place in the field by winning the Barracuda Championship six days ago.
STATISTIC OF THE DAY
As pointed out by sports writer Matt Cooper (@MattCooperGolf), Matsuyama’s 73 maintained his remarkable habit of having at least a four-shot differential between each round in the majors this year:
Masters 76-70-74-67; US Open 74-65-71-66; Open 69-73-67-73; US PGA 70-64-73
The first hole did not yield a single birdie, but the 18th proved the hardest with 20 bogeys, 10 double bogeys and two “others”, which included Jason Day’s nightmare quadruple-bogey in the final group. That meant a scoring average of 4.600.
The par-five 15th proved the easiest for the third day running, with two eagles, 41 birdies and just five bogeys giving a scoring average of 4.493.
ON THE UP
Chances of a thrilling finish to the final round after Kisner dropped three shots in the last three holes to bring a host of players back into the reckoning.
ON THE SLIDE
Possibly Nick Faldo’s relationship with Jason Day after the six-time major winner strongly criticised Day’s decision to attempt a risky escape on the 18th.