Walker clings to 1-shot lead after 3rd turn of PGA

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Jimmy Walker overcame a few furious tee shots with 4 birdies on a behind 9 for a 2-under 68 and a one-shot lead over fortifying champion Jason Day going into a final turn of a rain-plagued PGA Championship.

This already was moulding adult as a vital like no other.

Even as Walker and Day were finishing their rounds, a fourth turn already had begun on rain-soaked Baltusrol. The PGA of America chose not to redo pairings for a final turn given it was a usually possibility to finish by Sunday.

Then, a PGA motionless to play elite lies for a final round, that had not happened in a vital in some-more than a half-century. That means players will be means to lift, purify and place their balls anywhere yet a rough.

Walker, who was during 11-under 199, was among 10 players who didn’t even strike a shot Saturday given of storms that flooded a Lower Course during Baltusrol. He had never contended in a vital until this week, and went into a final 18 holes carrying been during slightest tied for a lead all 3 rounds.

“I done a integrate of indeterminate swings early,” Walker said. “I usually said, ‘Trust it man, you’re overhanging it good. Keep a pedal down.'”

The final turn figured to be a toughest, generally with a expel of characters behind him.

Day surged into a lead with a 75-foot birdie putt on No. 7 from a front to a behind of a green, and a tee shot to 4 feet on a par-3 ninth. Walker and Robert Streb, who shot a 63 on Friday to share a 36-hole lead, began to onslaught off a tee and on a green, both dropping dual shots behind Day during one point.

Day staid into a fibre of pars on a easier behind 9 until finishing with a birdie for a 67. It was his seventh true turn of 68 or improved in a PGA Championship.

“I went a widen of 8 holes yet a birdie and we indispensable one to get some proclivity for a fourth round,” Day said. “But we played some good golf out there.”

He is perplexing to join Tiger Woods as a usually players to win a PGA Championship in uninterrupted years given it went to cadence play in 1958.

“It would be unequivocally good to get that second vital underneath my belt,” Day said. “I don’t wish to win usually one for my career.”

Unlike a British Open dual weeks ago, this is frequency a two-man race.

Henrik Stenson, who won a duel during Royal Troon with a record measure in a major, piled adult adequate birdies on a behind 9 for a 67 and was dual shots behind in his bid to join Ben Hogan as a usually players to win back-to-back majors during age 40.

Brooks Koepka, personification for a initial time given a U.S. Open given of an ankle injury, had a bogey-free 66 and was dual shots behind. A large week by Koepka could all yet bind a mark on his initial Ryder Cup team.

Streb, meanwhile, didn’t make his initial birdie until a 17th hole, usually to three-putt from usually inside 8 feet for spook on a 18th and a 72. He was 4 shots behind, along with William McGirt (66) and Hideki Matsuyama (67).

Jordan Spieth finished with 8 true pars, blank good birdie chances along a way, and had to settle for a 69. That left him 7 shots behind, that would need a record-tying quip during a PGA Championship to have any chance.

Patrick Reed also squandered a good opportunity, creation double spook on a sixth hole and sharpened 70 to finish 6 shots behind.

The PGA Championship was perplexing to equivocate a second true Monday finish during Baltusrol. Phil Mickelson won on a Monday in 2005. Rain began to tumble as a leaders finished a third round, yet play kept going. Any blocking in play was certain to meant one some-more day before a Wanamaker Trophy is handed out.

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