Mito Pereira will take a three-stroke lead on the final day of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills after overcoming a tough corner to take the lead on Saturday. Pereira birdied the last to card a 69 and remains ahead of overnight leader Will Zalatoris and Matthew Fitzpatrick, who got into contention after shooting an excellent 67.
Rory McIlroy’s attempt to end his major drought suffered an early blow, however. After a streak of five straight pars, McIlroy fired his tee shot at par-three sixth into the water and ran a double-bogey five to get back to two under par. It would be followed by a triple bogey six and although a series of birdies helped, McIlroy then dropped another shot in the 18th to end the day level by general.
Earlier in the day, Tiger Woods recorded his worst PGA Championship tally as a successful battle to make the cut took its toll on Southern Hills. Woods shot 79, his previous worst score in the PGA of the USA being a 77 in the first round in 2011. “I just didn’t play well,” Woods said. “I didn’t hit the ball very well and didn’t get the start I needed. I thought I hit a good tee shot and ended up in the water, and I never really got any momentum on my end.
It was confirmed after the conclusion of day three that Woods had withdrawn from the tournament and the 46-year-old would not play in the fourth round.
Follow all the action on what promises to be an intriguing final day, below:
McIlroy steps back
Rory McIlroy tries to partake in an eagle on the 17th but jumps his ball across the back of the green and down the slope. His comeback chip isn’t great and leaves him with a putt on the second cut for a par that he slips wide.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 9:42 p.m.
Young wins one, Pereira loses one
There’s a two-shot swing in Cameron Young’s favor as he birdies back in the ninth to head for a par 34 to one under. Just behind him on eight Mito Pereira makes a bogey four and drops to -7.
He now has two leads for the day and the gap is down to one.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 9:36 p.m.
Thomas with the birdie!
Justin Thomas quietly makes his way around the course and steps forward with a 40-foot birdie from the front edge of the green at 11.
He just tries to roll it up close and the ball catches the right line, before swinging from the right and bouncing off the back of the cup.
Thomas is at (-3) with birdie chances yet to come.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 9:33 p.m.
Rory McIlroy charges again on Sunday but Mito Pereira retains US PGA lead
McIlroy, who finished second in the Masters thanks to a final 64 to National of Augustusstarted the final round nine shots off the lead after trailing an opening 65 with disappointing rounds of 71 and 74.
It seemed to have ended his chances of winning a fifth major title and first since winning the 2014 US PGA, but McIlroy may have had other ideas and got off to a brilliant start with four birdies in a row. from the second.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 9:26 p.m.
Pereira back at eight
Fitzpatrick’s par may have just added a touch of pressure on Mito Pereira’s long putt and he hits it deep in the hole, bogeying.
In front of him, Will Zalatoris saves par in the eighth after leaving the back of the green. The putter saves him again.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 9:24 p.m.
Putts don’t drop
Matt Fitzpatrick slips a birdie effort over the right edge of the hole in the seventh and Cameron Young unleashes a shot in the eighth.
Just off the green McIlroy has a long effort swinging left to right for a birdie on the 16th. He hits it brilliantly but the ball bounces in the hole and bounces!
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 9:22 p.m.
Three to go for Rory
Nine in a row for Rory McIlroy. He just wasn’t able to convert the tougher chances on the back nine to pick up shots and with three holes to go he’s probably looking at -5 as a best-case scenario.
The 17th is reachable in two and a good tee shot at 18 would give him a chance.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 9:19 p.m.
The wheels come off
Will Zalatoris implodes. He takes an iron on the par-3 eighth and hooks it high above the green. He has some luck as the ball stands up in the rough leaving a good line to the flag and the potential for an up and down par.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 9:16 p.m.
problem in seven
The euphoria of only making one out of six bogeys was pulled away from Will Zalatoris picking up back-to-back bogeys with a five out of the seventh.
Cameron Young also struggled to get close with his three approach shots but ran away with the putter and walked away with a par.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 9:12 p.m.
Fitzpatrick limits the damage
After finding water in the sixth, Matt Fitzpatrick made a tricky putt for a bogey four out of three. Like Will Zalatoris just before, it will look like a saved shot.
However, he deviates four points from the lead while Mito Pereira (-9) is two putts from the middle of the green for a par.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 9:08 p.m.
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