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Day to start 3rd round as PGA play resumes

AAP logoAAP 30/07/2016 By Ashton Hudson

The storm-affected US PGA Championship has resumed, and competitors are scheduled to play the third and final rounds at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Thunderstorms forced the suspension of play before the final 10 could tee off on Saturday, leaving officials to try to squeeze in two rounds on Sunday.

World No.1 and defending champion Jason Day is due to start his third round shortly, just an hour before the final round will begin.

The Australian sits two shots off the lead at seven under in a tie for third, trailing Americans Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb by two shots.

Storms are also forecast throughout Sunday, bringing the distinct possibility of a Monday finish, which also happened in 2005 at Baltusrol.

But if the weather misses the area, Day will need to negotiate 36 holes to be the champion.

"I think the plus side was that I didn't actually have to go out," Day said on Saturday night.

"Obviously, if you get off to a bad start you're thinking about it, and vice versa is if you get off to a good start you're thinking about it as well.

"I just need to be patient and really try to let it come and see what we can get out of it.

"Obviously the rain is going to soften up the golf course, so you've got to be a little bit aggressive out there."

Day was also just two shots off the lead at the halfway point in 2015 at Whistling Straits, where he famously surged ahead at the weekend to a record 20-under par and maiden major win.

Should he win, Day would become the first to successfully defend a major championship title since Tiger Woods at the 2007 PGA Championship, and the sixth player to successfully defend a PGA Championship title, joining Gene Sarazen (1922-23), Walter Hagen (1924-27), Denny Shute (1936-37) and Woods (1999-2000, 2006-07).

American Kevin Kisner was the best of the players to finish round three, carding an impressive five-under 65 to move to five under for the tournament, tied for sixth.

Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Scott Hend and John Senden are the next-best Australians at three under par in a tie for 18th.

Leishman was the unluckiest player on the course on Saturday, left with just his 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole when the horn blew.

Because the horn was for dangerous weather, he was not allowed to complete the hole and instead of heading home at 2.15pm, he was forced to sit in the clubhouse until 5.55pm before they called play.

When he returned at 7am on Sunday, he missed the putt and signed for a 67.

Hend is through 11 holes, Senden is through six holes and Scott just five holes of round three.

Marcus Fraser sits two under through 14 holes.

Aaron Baddeley posted a 71 to be one over, while Matt Jones shot 70 to remain at two over par with a round to play.

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