Jason Day Jumps to 1st at PGA
For the third time in four Majors this year, Jason Day has at least a share of the lead going into Sunday.
He hopes to break form in Wisconsin tomorrow and finally win his first Major.
To do so, he’ll have to hold off a bevy of contenders within striking range, most notably world No. 2 Jordan Spieth, who fired a 7-under 65 to sit in second place, two strokes off the lead.
Day’s lead might have bordered on insurmountable had he not stumbled down the stretch. Day was 2-under at the turn, and started the back nine with a birdie, eagle, par, birdie, birdie stretch to reach 7-under on the day and 16-under for the tournament.
But he double-bogeyed the Grand Stand, Whistling Straits’ 518-yard par-4 No. 15 to give two strokes back before birdying No. 17 to finish with a 66 on the day and at -15 for the tournament.
Spieth didn’t look like a contender on the front nine, just 1-under at the turn before firing six birdies in eight holes on the back nine to finish with a 65.
South Africa’s Branden Grace did Spieth one better with an 8-under 64 to leap from 28th to tied for third at 12-under. Grace had eight birdies without a bogey, and is tied with Justin Rose, whose 4-under 68 has him within striking distance of his second career major.
Also in the mix is two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer, who won his first title at this very course and fired a 65 to get to 11-under, one stroke ahead of the US’ Tony Finau, a tour rookie, and Australia’s Matt Jones, who led after two days but struggled to a 1-over 73 on Saturday.
Day One leader Dustin Johnson bounced back from his Friday 73 to shoot a 4-under 68 and get to 9-under.