Green Mile misery

Kisner up as course bites back


Photographs by AP/CHRIS O’MEARA

Kevin Kisner (above) putts on the second hole during the third round of the PGA Championship on Saturday at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. Kisner shot a third-round 72 and is one stroke ahead of Chris Stroud and Hideki Matsuyama entering today’s final round.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kevin Kisner survived a calamitous finish at the PGA Championship thanks to a good bounce off a bridge that allowed him to escape with a bogey and take a one-shot lead into the final round at Quail Hollow.

At a glance

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A look at Sunday’s third round of the PGA Championship:

LEADING Kevin Kisner is 7 under after shooting a 1-over 72. He has a onestroke lead.

JUST BEHIND Chris Stroud and Hideki Matsuyama were at 6 under.

SHOT OF THE DAY Jason Day’s tee shot on the 18th landed behind a tree in pine straw. Instead of pitching out to the fairway, he tried hooking it around the tree and the gallery but the shot hit the pine and the ball went into a bush. Day wound up with a quadruple bogey.

CHASE FOR THE SLAM Done until next year. Jordan Spieth had a 71 to remain at 3 over — 10 strokes behind Kisner. A victory would have made him the youngest player with the career Grand Slam. PICK A WINNER The winner of this tournament has come from the final pairing of the final round in 18 of the last 20 years. Kisner and Stroud make up that pairing today.

NOTEWORTHY The average score dropped by more than a stroke for a second consecutive day to 72.2. It was 73.6 after Round 2.

TELEVISION: Today, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (TNT), 1-6 p.m. (CBS).

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