Mito Pereira will take a three-shot lead into the final day of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills after overcoming a shaky turn to surge out in front on Saturday. Pereira birdied the last to card a 69 and remain ahead of overnight leader Will Zalatoris and Matthew Fitzpatrick, who put himself into contention after shooting an excellent 67.
Rory McIlroy’s pray to end his major drought suffered a significant early blow, however. After a run of five straight pars, McIlroy pulled his tee shot to the par-three sixth into the water and ran up a double-bogey five to drop back to two under par. It would be followed by a triple-bogey six and although a run of birdies helped, McIlroy then dropped a further shot at the 18th to finish the day at level par overall.
Earlier in the day, Tiger Woods recorded his worst ever score in the PGA Championship as a successful battle to make the cut took a heavy toll at Southern Hills. Woods shot 79, his previous worst score in the US PGA being a 77 in the first round in 2011. “I just didn’t play well,” Woods said. “I didn’t hit the ball very well and got off to not the start I needed to get off to. I thought I hit a good tee shot down two and ended up in the water, and just never really got any kind of momentum on my side.”
It was confirmed after the conclusion of the third day that Woods had withdrawn from the tournament and the 46-year-old will not play in the fourth round.
Follow all the action on what promises to be an intriguing final day, below:
Drop shots all round!
Young misses and makes double bogey, he falls back to (-3) with two holes to go and Zalatoris makes bogey to join Fitzpatrick at four-under.
Justin Thomas is now out in second place on his own and is well positioned on the 18th fairway.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 23:08
Young struggling at 16
Cameron Young is starting to feel the pressure that continues to mount out there. Over on the 16th green he has a long putt for par and leaves it well short of the hole. There’s about six or seven feet left and that putt is by no means safe.
Will Zalatoris is in a similar spot of bother. He gives his birdie putt a chance to drop but slides it past and faces a tricky return putt for par.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 23:07
Thomas within one
A much needed birdie for Justin Thomas comes on 17 after he missed the chance for an eagle. Still, it’s a massive shot gained as he moves within one shot of the lead with just one hole to go. Can he birdie the 18th too?
Michael Jones22 May 2022 23:02
Speaking of birdies
Take a bow Matty! Fitzpatrick shouldn’t have a hope of making birdie on 15 but it’s a perfect chip across the length of the green and the crowd erupts as the ball drops into the cup!
Mito Pereira follows him with a birdie putt but he pushes it to the right. That’s the pressure of trying to win the PGA Championship.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 23:00
Slumped shoulders from Fitzpatrick
Matt Fitzpatrick spanks his drive on the 15th into the rough then slices his second over to the right of the green. He cuts a disappointed figure, shoulders slumped and trudging up to the ball. He’s only three behind the lead so a couple of birdies and he’s right back in the contest.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 22:58
Drop shot from Pereira
Mito Pereira gives a shot back to the course on the par-3 14th. Not what he wanted after a birdie on the previous hole.
Luckily for him Cameron Young can’t capitalize with a birdie putt of his own on the 15th and he has to settle for par, still one behind the leader.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 22:50
What a shot JT!
Justin Thomas finds the green side bunker on the 16th with his second shot and rules out the chance to record birdie. His sand play has been exceptional today and this shot is as good as any. He hits underneath the ball, takes a big chunk of sand and rolls it across the length of the green to within a foot for par.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 22:48
Three under leads in the clubhouse
Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Kirk are both safely into the clubhouse with scores of (-3) for the tournemant. They are the two leaders in the clubhouse and will be keeping an eye on proceedings. There have been plenty of drop shots and there are plenty of holes still to play.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 22:41
Cameron Young can’t hold his nerve on the 14th green and he drops a shot with a bogey five.
It’s a two shot swing as Mito Pereira eases the pressure with a solid birdie on the 13th. He had a putt for eagle that he rolled up to the hole for a gimme birdie.
Matt Fitzpatrick (-3) almost got himself back into the mix but his own birdie effort lips out of the hole.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 22:37
Justin Thomas almost moves within one of the leaders with a birdie putt on the 5th. It looks good as it lets it roll but it swerves to the left at the last minute and skirts by.
If he can make another birdie the guys behind him will start to feel very nervous.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 22:32