Mito Pereira will take a three-shot lead on the final day of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills, after overcoming a shaky bend to get out of the front on Saturday. Pereira birdied the last card to a 69 and overtook the night’s leader, Will Zalatoris and Matthew Fitzpatrick, who threw themselves into the fray after shooting an outstanding 67.
However, Rory McIlroy’s attempt to end his great drought took a big hit early on. After a run of five straight pars, McIlroy pulled his tee shot to par three sixth into the water and made a double bogey five to fall back to two under par. It was to be followed by a triple bogey six and although a Series of birdies helped, McIlroy dropped another shot on the 18th to end the day on a tie.
Earlier in the day, Tiger Woods recorded his worst-ever PGA Championship score as a successful battle for the cut took a heavy toll in Southern Hills. Woods shot 79, his previous worst score in the US PGA was a 77 in the first round in 2011. “I just didn’t play well,” Woods said. “I didn’t hit the ball well and didn’t get the start I needed. I thought I hit a good tee, shot two and ended up in the water, but I never really got momentum on my side. †
After the third day of play, it was confirmed that Woods had withdrawn from the tournament and that the 46-year-old will not play in the fourth round.
Follow all the action below on what promises to be an intriguing final day:
Hard work for the leaders
It’s been tough for the leading four players today. Only Cameron Young has been underperforming for the round and his consistent play – picking up birdies after dropping shots – could take him all the way to the title.
Mito Pereira (-7) is two left for his round, but just made a great par-save on nine. Can he click the rear nine into gear and move further forward?
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 21:55
Pereira struggles at nine
Mito Pereira finds the bunker at the front of the green on the ninth and his pitch out of the sand ends about 12 feet from the pin.
It’s a right-to-left curler downhill and it must go for par… bingo!
Great save from the leader, he will feel great afterwards.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 21:48
Consistently Young stays in touch
Cameron Young clings to the front runner and keeps creating chances to score. A 17ft birdie putt on the 10th is rolled right off the green and he knocks it in for another par.
Two holes ahead Justin Thomas (-4) is on the brink of attack after a second consecutive birdie at 12 put him within three of the lead.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 21:45
McIlroy falls back
Rory McIlroy tries to catch up with an eagle on the 17th, but he hits his ball through the back of the green and down the slope. His return chip isn’t great, leaving him a putt on the second cut for a par he slides wide.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 21:42
Young wins one, Pereira loses one
There’s a two-stroke swing in favor of Cameron Young as he birdied on the ninth to come out in a one-under par 34. Just behind him on eight, Mito Pereira makes a bogey four and drops back to – 7.
He is now two left for the day and the gap is now only one.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 21:36
Thomas with the bird!
Justin Thomas quietly makes his way across the course and takes a step forward with a 40ft birdie from the front of the green at 11.
He just tries to roll it up close and the ball catches the right line, before swinging in from the right and bouncing in through the back of the cup.
Thomas is down to (-3) with birdie chances.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 21:33
Rory McIlroy makes the attack again on Sunday, but Mito Pereira retains the lead of the American PGA
McIlroy, who was second in the Masters thanks to a closing 64 at Augusta National, started the final round with nine shots on the lead after following an opening 65 with disappointing rounds of 71 and 74.
That seemed to end his chances of claiming a fifth major title and first since winning the US PGA in 2014, but McIlroy may have had other ideas and got off to a brilliant start with four birdies in a row from the second.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 21:26
Pereira back to eight
Fitzpatrick’s par may have just added a bit of pressure to Mito Pereira’s long par putt and he knocks it around the back of the hole, bogeying it.
Ahead of him, Will Zalatoris saves par in eighth after pulling away from the back of the green. The putter saves him again.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 21:24
The putts don’t fall away
Matt Fitzpatrick slides a birdie attempt down the right edge of the hole on the seventh and Cameron Young drops a shot on the eighth.
Just off the green, McIlroy has a long swinging attempt from side to side for a birdie at 16. He hits it brilliantly, but the ball bulges into the hole and bounces out!
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 21:22
Three to go for Rory
Nine pars in a row for Rory McIlroy. He just hasn’t been able to convert the tougher opportunities in the back nine to get shots and with three holes to go he’s probably looking at -5 as the best case scenario.
The 17th is reachable in two and a good tee shot on 18 would give him a shot.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 21:19