Mito Pereira will take a three-stroke lead on the final day of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills after overcoming a tough corner to take the lead on Saturday. Pereira birdied the last to card a 69 and remains ahead of overnight leader Will Zalatoris and Matthew Fitzpatrick, who got into contention after shooting an excellent 67.
Rory McIlroy’s attempt to end his major drought suffered an early blow, however. After a streak of five straight pars, McIlroy fired his tee shot at par-three sixth into the water and ran a double-bogey five to get back to two under par. It would be followed by a triple bogey six and although a series of birdies helped, McIlroy then dropped another shot in the 18th to end the day level by general.
Earlier in the day, Tiger Woods recorded his worst PGA Championship tally as a successful battle to make the cut took its toll on Southern Hills. Woods shot 79, his previous worst score in the PGA of the USA being a 77 in the first round in 2011. “I just didn’t play well,” Woods said. “I didn’t hit the ball very well and didn’t get the start I needed. I thought I hit a good tee shot and ended up in the water, and I never really got any momentum on my end.
It was confirmed after the conclusion of day three that Woods had withdrawn from the tournament and the 46-year-old would not play in the fourth round.
Follow all the action on what promises to be an intriguing final day, below:
Pereira finds the green
The last pair had to wait a long time while officials dealt with Will Zalatoris’ wayward shot. The wait does not seem to bother Mito Pereira who sends an iron without incident in the middle of the green.
Fitzpatrick decides to go for a five iron and will have to smoke this one well. He also tries to go for the flag instead of bailing out to the right and is completely wrong.
Splash! In the water and the Englishman is in trouble.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 9:02 p.m.
Zalatoris steps back
Will Zalatoris (-7) drops a shot on the par-3 six but it will look like a birdie. He was in real trouble off the tee and had to take a penalty shot before continuing from the cart path.
He still had work to do with a six-foot bogey and what sure looked like a double bogey only saw Zalatoris dropping one at best. Great recovery game.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:58 p.m.
A bogey for Ancer
Abraham Ancer recovers another bogey for his turn and goes down to (-3) alongside Rory McIlroy who misses another birdie chance from the 14th.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:54 p.m.
Pereira back in front
Mito Pereira (-9) converts his birdie in the fifth to come back in front. That lead looks set to be extended as Will Zalatoris takes a penalty in the sixth.
Matt Fitzpatrick had to settle for a par.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:50 p.m.
Luck for Herbert
Lucas Herbert (-3) has the opportunity to make a move on the ninth but his birdie effort goes over the edge of the cut and he has to settle for par.
Rory McIlroy was in trouble off the tee on the 13th but recovered well to set up a birdie putt which he then slid down the right side of the hole.
Putts don’t fall for Rory.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:46 p.m.
Zalatoris in trouble
Will Zalatoris tees off on the sixth and seems to be over-selecting a club as he belts it across the back of the green, down the road and into the forest. It might even be off limits.
Cameron Young also goes over the back but he keeps his ball in play.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:44 p.m.
Eagle putt for Zalatoris
Two great shots on the par-5 fifth from Will Zalatoris set it up with an eagle putt from the front part of the green. He finds the right line but she just doesn’t have the legs.
On the same hole, Cameron Young slides his eagle putt beyond the left side of the hole but taps for the birdie to move towards (-6).
Zalatoris follows him into the cup for a share of the lead (-8).
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:39 p.m.
Birdie for Fitzpatrick
Matt Fitzpatrick converts on the fourth to return to (-6) where he started the day. He’s only two shots off the lead now.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:31 p.m.
Birdie chance for Fitzpatrick
On the fourth, Matt Fitzpatrick has a fantastic chance to shoot back after a good drive and chip to put him within feet of the hole. He should hit it, but Mito Pereira also has a birdie opportunity ahead.
The leader is at nine feet, the putt moves slightly from right to left. He starts wide and he doesn’t turn enough so he settles for a par.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:29 p.m.
Great McIlroy Reader
Rory McIlroy cuts the corner on the 12th with a 340-yard drive to leave 73 yards on the green. From this distance, his shot is not the best but he gives himself another birdie opportunity. This one needs to come in to give Rory some confidence before the par-5 13th.
Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:25 p.m.