Fifty-year-old Phil Mickelson clung to a one-stroke lead after Saturday’s third spherical of the PGA Championship as he tries to develop into golf’s oldest main winner.
The US left-hander constructed and squandered a five-stroke lead at windy Kiawah Island, however holed a clutch par putt from inside 5 ft on the 18th, the ball rolling across the cup rim, to remain in entrance.
Mickelson fired a two-under-par 70 to face on seven-under-par 209 after 54 holes, one forward of four-time main winner Brooks Koepka.
“I am enjoying higher than the rating is displaying,” Mickelson mentioned. “I used to be executing. Regardless that it slipped a pair occasions, it is considerably higher than it has been. I am making progress.”
With a victory, Mickelson would break the main match age mark set by American Julius Boros, who was 48 when he gained the 1968 PGA Championship.
Mickelson, who hasn’t managed a top-10 main end since 2016, birdied 5 of the primary 10 holes to grab a five-stroke edge, then stumbled again with a bogey at 12 and double bogey at 13.
Koepka, enjoying with ache after proper knee surgical procedure in March, birdied the par-5 sixteenth to match Mickelson for the lead however closed with a bogey to fall again whereas “Lefty” saved par after going over the 18th inexperienced to maintain his lead.
“I am enjoying very well,” Mickelson mentioned. “I can hold my focus and keep within the second.”
Koepka, who shot 70, seeks his third PGA title in 4 years. Not since Tom Watson captured the 1980, 1982 and 1983 British Opens has a participant gained the identical main thrice in 4 years.
“Struggled actually properly,” Koepka mentioned. “I feel that is most likely the worst placing efficiency I’ve ever had,” Koepka mentioned. “It could’t get any worse… the pace was so off.”
South African Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open winner, shot 72 to face third on 211 with American Kevin Streelman fourth on 212 and South Africans Burn Grace and Christiaan Bezuidenhout on 213.
Mickelson, a three-time Masters champion who gained his lone PGA in 2005, has not gained a serious because the 2013 British Open.
His forty fourth and most up-to-date PGA Tour victory got here in 2019 at Pebble Seashore, though he gained twice in 2020 on the 50-and-over Champions Tour.
Wind route switched Saturday on the punishing Ocean Course, the longest structure in main historical past at 7 876 yards. After blowing from the east all week, breezes have been from the south on Saturday, creating difficult crosswinds.
Mickelson, who shared the lead with 2010 British Open winner Oosthuizen at 5-under when the day started, took the lead alone when the South African missed a six-foot par putt on the opening gap.
Mickelson had back-to-back birdies on the par-5 second and the third and once more on the sixth, on a 17-foot putt, and par-5 seventh.
After two par saves, Mickelson holed a birdie putt from simply inside seven ft on the tenth to achieve 10-under and lead by 5.
Bother, nonetheless, discovered Mickelson when he discovered sand at 12 and was simply brief on a 26-foot par putt. He then discovered water off the tee at 13 on the way in which to double bogey and his lead was trimmed to a single shot.
After Koepka matched him for the lead, Mickelson went into sand beneath a golf cart off the tee at 16 and lipped out for birdie on the way in which to a few closing pars.
Mickelson turned the fourth participant over 50 to guide a serious after 54 holes after American Boros on the PGA and Australian Greg Norman and Tom Watson on the British Open.
Mickelson, ranked one hundred and fifteenth, is barely the sixth participant since 1900 to guide majors in 4 totally different many years, becoming a member of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Snead, Ray Floyd and Gary Participant.
Reigning US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, 2019 US Open winner Gary Woodland and Chile’s Joaquin Niemann every fired 71 to share seventh on 214.
If the 22-year-old South American wins, he could be the youngest winner in PGA Championship historical past, erasing the mark of 23 set by Rory McIlroy at Kiawah in 2012.
Solely 12 gamers have been beneath par for the match.
Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, with three bogeys and a double bogey on the primary 5 holes fired a 76 to face on 217, reached 5-under however bogeys at 11 and 12, a double bogey at 13 and a bogey at 14 dropped him from among the many leaders.
American Jordan Spieth, in search of a victory to finish a profession Grand Slam, shot 68 to face on 216. He would want to match the best last-day fightback in PGA historical past for the triumph.
4-time main winner McIlroy stumbled to a 74 to face on 221.
Third-round scores on Saturday within the 2021 PGA Championship on the
Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina (USA until famous,
209 – Phil Mickelson 70-69-70
210 – Brooks Koepka 69-71-70
211 – Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 71-68-72
212 – Kevin Streelman 70-72-70
213 – Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA) 71-70-72, Burn Grace (RSA) 70-71-72
214 – Bryson DeChambeau 72-71-71, Joaquin Niemann (CHI) 71-72-71, Gary Woodland 70-72-72
215 – Paul Casey (ENG) 71-71-73, Im Sung-jae (KOR) 70-72-73, Corey Conners (CAN) 67-75-73
– Jordan Spieth 73-75-68, Rickie Fowler 71-76-69, Tony Finau 74-72-70,
Patrick Cantlay 73-73-70, Keegan Bradley 69-75-72, Matt Fitzpatrick
(ENG) 73-71-72, Charley Hoffman 73-70-73, Jason Kokrak 71-72-73, Harry
Higgs 72-71-73, Richy Werenski 71-72-73
217 – Billy Horschel
77-72-68, Joel Dahmen 74-73-70, Steve Stricker 76-71-70, Scottie
Scheffler 72-74-71, Will Zalatoris 71-74-72, Ian Poulter (ENG) 74-70-73,
Shane Lowry (IRL) 73-71-73, Padraig Harrington (IRL) 71-73-73, Martin
Laird (SCO) 70-73-74, Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 73-68-76
218 – Webb Simpson 75-74-69, Ben Prepare dinner 72-77-69, Patrick Reed 74-75-69, Carlos Ortiz (MEX) 73-74-71, Cameron Smith (AUS) 72-73-73
– Alex Noren (SWE) 77-72-70, Talor Gooch 71-78-70, Jon Rahm (ESP)
72-75-72, Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 71-75-73, Collin Morikawa 70-75-74,
Daniel van Tonder (RSA) 75-70-74, Viktor Hovland (NOR) 69-75-75
– Harold Varner 73-76-71, Aaron Sensible 69-79-72, Jason Scrivener
73-75-72, Robert MacIntyre (SCO) 75-73-72, Justin Rose (ENG) 72-75-73,
Lee Westwood (ENG) 73-72-75
221 – Denny McCarthy 73-76-72, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 77-72-72, Jason Day (AUS) 74-75-72, Wyndham Clark 75-74-72, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 75-72-74 , Stewart Cink 71-76-74, Tom Lewis (ENG) 71-74-76
222 – Kim Chan (KOR) 75-74-73, Sam Horsfield (ENG) 69-80-73, Danny Willett (ENG) 77-71-74, Dean Burmester (RSA) 74-74-74,
Matt Jones (AUS) 73-75-74, Russell Henley 78-70-74, Daniel Berger
79-69-74, Jimmy Walker 73-74-75, Abraham Ancer (MEX) 74-72-76, Bubba
223 – Tom Hoge 74-75-74, Robert Streb 77-72-74, Cam Davis (AUS) 69-78-76, Matt Wallace (ENG) 73-73-77
224 – Harris English 75-74-75, Adam Hadwin (CAN) 77-71-76, Brad Marek 73-73-78
225 – Henrik Stenson (SWE) 73-76-76, An Byeong-hun (KOR) 73-75-77, Lucas Herbert (AUS) 76-72-77
226 – Brendan Steele 75-74-77, Rasmus Hojgaard (DEN) 71-76-79
227 – Garrick Higgo (RSA) 73-76-78
228 – Brian Homosexual 77-71-80