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Jason Day blows chance at winning US PGA Championship as Kevin Kisner takes lead into final day - 5 things we learned

Mirror logo Mirror 4 days ago Neil McLeman
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Jason Day threw away his chances of winning the US PGA by taking an eight on the last hole in a crazy finale to the third round.

American Kevin Kisner will take a one-shot lead into the final day on a packed leaderboard.

The world No.25 took a double bogey when he found the water on 16 and dropped a shot at 18 after bouncing off a bridge near the green to card a one-over 72 and slide back to seven-under par.

He is one shot clear of world No.203 Chris Stroud, who got a last minute invite after winning his first PGA Tour event at his 290th attempt last week, and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.

Justin Thomas and Louis Oosthuizen are a shot further back.

Here are five things we learned:

Jason Day is the new Jean Van de Velde

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The 2015 champion took off his shoes and socks and rolled up his trouser leg to stand in the water and chip up to 10 feet to make a birdie on 14.

But just four shots off the lead on the 18th, he drove into the trees and tried an impossible recovery shot and ended up needing a penalty drop on his way to a quadruple bogey eight.

He ended up carding a 77 to tumble down to level par and out of the tournament.

Chances are we will have another first-time Major winner

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Until Jordan Spieth claimed the Open last month, the last seven Majors winners had been first-time champions.

The top three on the leaderboard overnight have never won a Major title while 2010 Open champion Oosthuizen is the only man in the top five with a big one.

Paul Casey is the UK's top player despite his nightmare down the Green Mile

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The world No.18 was in the chasing pack on four-under par after 15 holes before disaster struck.

He dropped four shots on the tough three closing holes to card a 74 and fall back to level par in tied 16ht place.

The US-based star has recorded nine top-ten finishes in Majors and that will be his aim today.

His playing partner Rickie Fowler also dropped out of contention with four dropped shots coming home.

Grand Slam-chasing Jordan Spieth is not even the best Jordan so far this week

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That honour rests with Bath's Jordan Smith, who is a shot clear of the Open champion after 54 holes of his first Major.

The 24-year-old from Bath was playing the third-tier PGA EuroPro Tour only two years ago.

But he won the Challenge Tour last season and then claimed his first European Tour event at the Porsche European Open last month to qualify for the US PGA.

Told he was beating the other Jordan, he said: “Definitely I will take that!”

Golf is too slow

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The final group in the third round took five hours and 40 minutes to play 18 holes.

Jason “All Bloody” Day is a notoriously slow player and he did provide some entertainment with his antics at No 14 and 18.

But the whole day had a slow feel with hard pin positions and quick greens on the hottest day so far in North Carolina.

There was also a lack of excitement until mental fatigure forced the players into errors late on.

Tonight's final round should be quicker with players playing in pairs and not three-balls.

Leaders Kisner and Stroud tee off at 2.45pm local time – 7.45pm at home for a scheduled midnight finish


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