JASON Day has imploded during the third round of the US PGA Championship to give away a solid chance at a second career major.
After starting day three of the year’s final major just two shots off the pace, the Australian world No.7 crashed out of contention spectacularly with a six- over-par 77 at Quail Hollow in North Carolina.
The 2015 US PGA Championship winner Day plummeted to a share of 16th at even- par, seven shots back of leader Kevin Kisner.
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The American Kisner also battled to a rollercoaster 72 but at seven-under the card the South Carolina native clung to a one-shot lead over world No.3 Hideki Matsuyama (73) and Chris Stroud (71).
Justin Thomas (69) and 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen (71) share fourth a shot back at five-under.
Playing in Saturday’s final group with Kisner and Matsuyama, Day’s nightmare rounded was epitomised by a bizarre decision on the par-4 18th hole to go for the green with his approach after finding trouble from the tee. The 29-year-old Australian hit his second shot into a shrub and had to take a penalty drop en route to a crippling quadruple-bogey 8.
It soured a brief comeback during which Day bagged three consecutive birdies from the par-4 14th which kept him in the hunt despite a poor opening 13 holes. Day gave back a shot on the front nine at Quail Hollow to before a nightmare two holes saw the Queenslander double-bogey the par-4 12th and bogey the par-3 13th. Fellow Australians Adam Scott and Marc Leishman are well off the pace after three rounds.
Leishman carded a 71 to remain at four-over while world No.17 Scott fell further back of the lead with a 74 to sink to eight-over for the championship.
TEE TIMES FOR ROUND 4 (All times AEST)
10:05pm (Sunday AEST) — Charles Howell III
10:15pm — Vijay Singh, Omar Uresti
10:25pm — Dylan Frittelli, Russell Henley
10:35pm — Adam Scott, Anirban Lahiri
10:45pm — Daniel Summerhays, Cody Gribble
10:55pm — Hideto Tanihara, Lee Westwood
11:05pm — Charley Hoffman, K.T. Kim
11:15pm — Tommy Fleetwood, Alex Noren
11:25pm — Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson
11:35pm — Shane Lowry, Bud Cauley
11:45pm — Bill Haas, Rory McIlroy
11:55pm — Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson
12:15am (Monday AEST) — Lucas Glover, Kason Kokrak
12:25am — Jamie Lovemark, Steve Stricker
12:35am — Kelly Kraft, Marc Leishman
12:45am — Charl Schwartzel, Bryson DeChambeau
12:55am — Jon Rahm, Jim Herman
1:05am — Jordan Spieth, Ian Poulter
1:15am — Thorbjorn Olesen, David Lingmerth
1:25am — Kevin Chappell, Sean O’Hair
1:35am — Brooks Koepka, D.A. Points
1:45am — Patrick Cantlay, Ryan Moore
2:05am — Zach Johnson, Brian Harman
2:15am — Jordan L. Smith, Matt Kuchar
2:25am — Pat Perez, Richard Sterne
2:35am — Ben An, Billy Horschel
2:45am — James Hahn, Tony Finau
2:55am — Robert Streb, Chris Wood
3:05am — Satoshi Kodaira, Henrik Stenson
3:15am — Jason Day, J.B. Holmes
3:25am — Rickie Fowler, Paul Casey
3:45am — Sung Kang, Ryan Fox
3:55am — Francesco Molinari, Chez Reavie
4:05am — Gary Woodland, Scott Brown
4:15am — Graham DeLaet, Patrick Reed
4:25am — Louis Oosthuizen, Grayson Murray
4:35am — Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas
4:45am — Chris Stroud, Kevin Kisner
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