Advantage Kisner as the stars struggle to tame Quail Hollow

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NCG rounds up the best of day three from Quail Hollow, including meltdowns, eagles galore and more commentary gold from Peter Alliss...

As Quail Hollow got the better of many of the world’s greatest golfers during a testing third round, it’s Kevin Kisner who has emerged from the pack to lead with just 18 holes left to play.

James Broadhurst rounds up the best moments from day three…

So what happened?

At 7-under-par, Kevin Kisner will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Championship after carding a 1-over round of 72.

Fellow American Chris Stroud and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama are a shot back on 6-under, while Justin Thomas and Louis Oosthuizen, both on 5-under, will also be heavily fancied to make a push on the final day.

It could have been a more comfortable cushion for Kisner but a hooked shot into the water on the 16th led to a double bogey. Then a wayward approach at 18 left him on the wrong side of the creek. But a smart chip to the far side of the green meant he escaped with just a single dropped shot at the last.

This was a common theme throughout the day as the majority of players in the top half of the leaderboard struggled.

Matsuyama was the joint-leader heading into the third day but dropped two shots as he failed to follow up on his sensational round of 64.

Jason Day’s hopes of a second PGA Championship crown look to have gone up in smoke after a disastrous quadruple bogey on the 18th. He will start the final day seven shots back.

Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth’s Grand Slam dream is on hold for now despite an improved score of 71 to take him to 3-over. The Open champion admitted afterwards that he faces an uphill battle to ever complete his Grand Slam. He said: “The PGA Championship I think is going to be the toughest for me. If we look historically back on my career, I think I will play this tournament worse than the other three majors just in the way that it’s set up.”

Feel-good moment of the day

On a day of slow movement on the leaderboard, there was still some breathtaking golf shots round a tricky Quail Hollow.

Bryson DeChambeau and Graham DeLaet both notched two eagles apiece during their rounds.

DeLaet carded his efforts on the 14th and 15th holes, while DeChambeau’s eagles landed on the 10th and 14th.

Here’s a look at DeChambeau’s exquisite shots…

Spare a thought for…

Jon Rahm. The Spaniard was 5-under through 14 holes and making huge strides up the leaderboard until a short missed putt derailed his round – and almost certainly his title chances.

The Irish Open champion squandered what seemed to be a routine par on the 15th and then followed that up with a double bogey on both the 16th and 18th holes to slide back down the standings.

Best shots of the day

Graham DeLaet almost bags a hole-in-one… on a par 4!

Eagle watch for Robert Streb on the par-4 12th…

Are you just going to chip out onto the fairway, Louis?

Nah…

How did this not drop for the Open champion?

Worst shot of the day

Unfortunately for Rickie Fowler, it is becoming an all-too-familiar sight to see the American’s major challenge fall short.

This double bogey on the 17th has left his chances of lifting the Wanamaker Trophy hanging by a thread…

Stats of the day

Photo of the day

It may have left Louis Oosthuizen with a sore arm but this recover shot on the 2nd hole to save par was sublime from the 2010 Open champion…

Best dressed

Rory McIlroy gets our nod of approval for this green and beige number…

Dressed in the dark

When there is a major Tipp-Ex explosion in your suitcase…

Quote of the day

Peter Alliss on JB Holmes: “He looks like a good guy to have with you down a dark alley at night.” Whatever floats your boat, Peter…

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