Day Pressing Walker as PGA Reaches Final Round
Jimmy Walker remained the leader in the clubhouse for a third straight day at the PGA Championship on Sunday, but defending champion and No. 1 in the world Jason Day has closed within a single stroke as play headed to the final round on Sunday afternoon.
With Saturday’s intended Round 3 washed out by rain, players were tasked with 36 holes on Sunday.
Walker has never won a Major. Day broke through for his first a year ago at this event as he surged to multiple titles and took the No. 1 position away from Jordan Spieth.
He’s not the only story line chasing Walker. Henrik Stenson, victor at The Open Championship two weeks ago, is two strokes off the lead tied for third at 9-under with Brooks Koepka.
Walker looked like he was going to throw the lead away early, with three bogeys on the first eight holes. He was 2-over through 10 holes before turning things around on the back nine with birdies on 11, 12, 15, and 18 to get to 2-under.
Day moved up a place simply by not making any mistakes on Sunday morning. He was 3-under with three birdies and 15 pars; the kind of round that might not attract the TV cameras, but will win you a Major if you can replicate it on Sunday afternoon.
Koepka did Day one better with four birdies for a 4-under 66 to move up three spots to tie with Stenson, who shot a 67.
Headed in completely the opposite direction were Day 2 contenders Robert Sreb and Patrick Reed.
Streb struggled to a 72 after posting a tournament-best 63 on Friday. It cost hi five spots from a tie for first to sixth as he managed just one birdie on the day. Likewise fell American Patrick Reed from sixth to a tie for 12th with his second 70 bookended around a 65.