Chris Stroud floating on cloud nine at PGA Championship

Chris Stroud floating on cloud nine at PGA Championship

Jordan Spieth's quest to complete the grand slam is nearly certainly over, at least for 12 months.

Justin Thomas (69) and 2010 British Open victor Louis Oosthuizen (71) share fourth a shot back at five-under. He didn't drop a shot over the last 12 shots and shot a 69 to finish just two shots behind along with Louis Oosthuizen, who saved par on the 18th with a bold shot for a 71. A double-bogey at the 12th leaves him five back. "It's at least a 20-year dream come true".

Kevin Kisner seemed to be in a relaxed frame of mind as the American prepared to tee off with fellow US PGA Championship co-leader Hideki Matsuyama on Saturday.

Canadian Graham DeLaet eagles the par-four 14th and par-five 15th to surge to the edge of contention. But unlike his playing partners, he avoided catastrophe on the final three holes. For Matsuyama, not so much, as he immediately birdied the fifteenth after the delay and added a birdie on the par 3 17 for good measure.

Look up and down the list of the players who will compete Sunday in the final round of the 99th PGA Championship at Quail Hollow and you'll find plenty with feel-good stories.

At the halfway stage of the round, it was the impressive plodder Kisner who led on nine under for a one stroke lead over Stroud and Matsuyama, with Day and Oosthuizen four behind.

The par-4 hole had a higher aggregate scoring average Saturday (4.6) than two of the three par 5s. "You can hit it right like Jason did today and then there is water on the left, so it is tough all of the way around". Spieth bogeyed three of the first seven holes.

His round included four birdies, four bogeys, a double bogey and a quadruple bogey as he ended out of contention.

After a birdie at the par-three 13th, the Canadian then went eagle, eagle, birdie - six-under-par for the four holes - en route to a three-under 68 at Quail Hollow. Instead of pitching out to the fairway, he tried hooking it around the tree and the gallery but the shot hit the pine and the ball went into a bush.

He was forced to chip out and after eventually reaching the green, three-putted for an eight. "I think that's why I feel like I'm ready to win a major championship now versus a year ago, when I probably didn't have that."That's what Tiger [Woods] did so well".

The change in the course was immediate after heavy rain halted play for almost two hours Friday.

He knows he's going to be extremely nervous, but figures so will everyone else, especially with so many surprising names at the top of the leaderboard.

"It was sort of the same as the first couple of rounds", McIlroy said. Last week gave me an unbelievable sense of calm.

At 24, he would become the youngest on the career Slam list by winning the Wanamaker Trophy this week, about six months younger than the mark held by Woods. "That wasn't the goal", Spieth said.

"The PGA Championship I think is going to be the toughest for me".

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