Kisner leads, Day implodes at PGA Championship

After getting himself into a solid position for a chance at a second PGA title, Australia’s Jason Day has imploded in the third round of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in North Carolina overnight.

Day began the day just two shots off the lead held by Kevin Kisner but the Queensland inexplicably fell away across the back nine holes to close the round with a 6-over 77 and can almost certainly kiss goodbye any chance he may have had at the title.

After making a small rally with birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes, Day bogeyed the 17th and then followed that with a disastrous quadruple-bogey 8 at the 18th hole.

The world number seven, who won his maiden PGA Championship title in 2015, slid into a share of 16th place and seven shots behind leader Kevin Kisner.

Day was understandably in no mood to discuss with the media after his round.

Kisner ground out a 1-over 72 to take a one-shot lead into the final round over Hideki Matsuyama and Chris Stroud, who both won on Tour last week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Barracuda Championship respectively.

“I’m disappointed the way I played today. However, I’m happy to just to be one stroke back and still have a chance and looking forward to tomorrow,” said world number three, Matsuyama.

Marc Leishman is the next best of the Australians at 47th (71) and Adam Scott fell away with a third round 74 to sit in equal 68th.