PGA Championship

5 takeaways, including the end of Jordan Spieth’s Grand Slam hopes

Jordan Spieth shot a even-par 71 on Saturday and is 10 shots back of the lead entering Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship.
Jordan Spieth shot a even-par 71 on Saturday and is 10 shots back of the lead entering Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship. AP

1. Jordan Spieth will have to wait 12 months for his next attempt to capture the career Grand Slam. A 71 on Saturday put him at 3-over-par 216, 10 shots back of the lead going into Sunday’s final round.

2. Kevin Kisner has led nearly the entire tournament not because of his putting or his iron play. He was the leader because he was driving it in almost all the fairways. He made bogey on the 12th and double-bogey on the 16th after driving it in the rough.

3. Rickie Fowler just can’t seem to stay away from big numbers. Standing at 5-under par, four shots behind Kisner, he three-putted the par-4 16th and hit his tee shot in water on the par-3 17th for a double-bogey and out of the running. He had a triple-bogey 7 on the fifth hole in his first round.

4. Some complain that this PGA Championship looks more like a U.S. Open – brutal rough, narrow-ish fairways along with firm and fast greens. But there have been plenty of birdies over three days. Just plenty of bogeys and double-bogeys, as well.

5. The final two groups played the front nine in 2 hours, 50 minutes. Yet, no one wants to admit there’s a pace-of-play problem in professional golf.

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