Kisner holds on to lead after rough day

While Fox was struggling, Thomas vaulted to the front of the field with four birdies in a sizzling seven-hole stretch mid-round and held firm over the risky final water-lined three holes, known as the 'Green Mile'. Among them was Justin Thomas, who took home his first major victory.

Sharing fifth on five-under were American Patrick Reed, Italy's Francesco Molinari and South African Louis Oosthuizen, the only major victor in the hunt.

Rickie Fowler sits in a tie for sixth after a 67 left him with a five-under total.

Yesterday I suggested Justin Thomas was an omen bet as the previous three major champions this year - Sergio Garcia (Masters), Brooks Koepka (US Open), and Jordan Spieth (The Open) all have six letters in their Christian name, and six in their surnames.

Thomas began the day at five-under-par, before shooting one-under-par on the front nine.

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North CarolinaJason Day of Australia, warms up on the 11th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club.

But mental errors led to a double bogey at the 16th where he went into the water, and by the time he had the ball into the cup, it was a double. A bogey on the second hole made sure that the start ran further into trouble. But like I said, last week just gave me an unbelievable sense of calm. I want to win every tournament I play in.

He doubled the 12th, bogeyed 13th, birdied three in a row from 14th to 16th and then bogeyed 17th and messed up with a quadruple bogey, raising questions over his shot selection. And the man didn't need a Sunday 61 this time, but just a 69 that looked very attainable when he got to two under on the day and in first place with a birdie on No. 10. He won his first PGA TOUR title at Quail Hollow in 2010, where he owns two course records, and many thought he'd drive his way to the win.

Now, he's playing in the final group, hunting his first major. The hole yielded only two birdies, and the scoring average there Sunday was 4.32.

That meant Day went from four shots off the lead and seven behind leader American Kevin Kisner. He shot 70 for the round and tied for ninth at 283.

"But on the other hand, I'm looking forward to the weekend and seeing how I do". Despite a water-ball on the 7th, he hasn't rolled over one bit - something not unexpected for a calm, cool, & collected multiple-time victor on Tour.

He had access to the clubhouse at Valhalla in 2000 as the 7-year-old son of a PGA professional, and the thunder from the gallery reached his ears before the TV showed Tiger Woods making the most important putt of his career at that PGA Championship.

  • Julie Sanders