The 25-year-old American followed an opening round of 66 with a 65 on Friday as he bids to win his maiden major title. He will be paired with Mito Pereira in the final group, who had never previously made the cut at a major. There is a packed field in close pursuit behind them that includes Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman failed to build on his spectacular start and carded a one-over-par round of 71 yesterday and now sits five shots off the lead.
Tiger Woods once again showed extraordinary mettle to avoid the cut after a round of 69, although his hopes of a 16th major victory are now obsolete after carding a third-round score of 79. There are several notable names who failed to make the cut, though, including world No 1 and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Cantlay. “Definitely frustrating,” Scheffler said. “I’m disappointed too. It’s never fun missing a cut. I want to be able to play the weekend and try to grind it out as hard as I could. I just didn’t have it this week.”
PGA Championship – Double bogey for McIlroy
A disaster for McIlroy at the par-three sixth, after finding the creek with his tee shot. He’s able to scramble up and down for a five but that’s a knife in the heart to his hopes of challenging at the top of the leaderboard. It leaves him eight shots back. That hole was where Woods’ struggles began with a triple bogey earlier.
Jamie Braidwood21 May 2022 21:10
PGA Championship – Another birdie for Pereira
Pereira extends his lead with a cool birdie putt from eight feet at the fifth! Zalatoris stays where he is after seeing a long one downhill stay high.
Jamie Braidwood21 May 2022 21:07
Zalatoris drops another after a three-put at the par-5 fourth, meaning that Pereira finds himself with a two-shot lead early in the round.
Fitzpatrick grabs a second consecutive birdie at the par-3 sixth to get him back to where he started after his opening two bogeys.
Jamie Braidwood21 May 2022 20:57
It’s certainly a tough day for scoring out there. Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson both dropped an early shot, before making birdies to get back to where they started.
Matthew Fitzpatrick started his round with consecutive bogeys but has just responded by holing out for birdie from the bunker at the fourth.
Jamie Braidwood21 May 2022 20:41
PGA Championship – Birdie for Pereira
And Pereira swaps places with his playing partner! He drains a long way on the second to move to -9.
It puts the pressure on Zalatoris, but he makes his par from 12 feet. Still, it’s two-shot swing in the opening two holes.
Jamie Braidwood21 May 2022 20:19
PGA Championship – Bogey for Zalatoris
Despite looking relaxed, Will Zalatoris has dropped a shot on the opening hole and is now level with Pereira on -8.
He left himself with a lengthy one and will have another at the second after his drive went wayward.
Jamie Braidwood21 May 2022 20:18
McIlroy finds himself in the back green-side bunker at the first but plays a lovely shot to get out of trouble and rolls it to within three feet. He gave that a chance, but moves on with par.
Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson are now underway in the group behind.
Will Zalatoris, now on the tee, looks relaxed as he shares a joke with Mito Pereira.
Jamie Braidwood21 May 2022 19:44
Fitzpatrick is now underway at -3, but Hatton is set to drop back to where he started after finding the creek at the second.
McIlroy is up on the tee alongside playing partner Abraham Ancer. He has a great opportunity here to bounce back from yesterday’s disappointment.
Jamie Braidwood21 May 2022 19:27
There we go. An opening birdie for Tyrell Hatton gets the Englishman to -3. Both Hatton and Fitzpartick, who tees off next, are well placed to make a charge today.
Both players, however, have been very critical of the greens at Southern Hills so far this week.
Jamie Braidwood21 May 2022 19:15
It’s been a tough day for Tiger Woods but he is still applauded onto the 18th green as if he was leading the PGA Championship.
Instead, at +12, is at the bottom of the leaderboard out of those players who have made the weekend.
Woods is left with five feet to avoid hitting 80 – and he manages it – but after hitting 69 to make the cut yesterday today’s 79 is a sobering score.
Jamie Braidwood21 May 2022 19:09