US PGA Championship 2017: final round – live! | Sport

OK, so the 99th PGA Championship might not have turned into a stone-cold classic yet. But it hasn’t been half bad either, with plenty that will live long in the memory. Brilliant 64s for Hideki Matsuyama and Francesco Molinari. Rod Pampling’s selfless Adam Sandler tribute act. Graham DeLaet’s birdie-eagle-eagle-birdie run. The emergence of 23-year-old local hero Grayson Murray. Jason Day’s decision to hook a big one round a tree trunk last night instead of taking his medicine and chipping out, the most preposterous way anyone will ever play themselves out of contention in a major, even if they keep staging these things until the rapture.

Then there’s been the steady brilliance of Kevin Kisner, another local boy, sort of, from Aiken, South Carolina, a two-hour drive over the border. A regular visitor to Quail Hollow, he’s threatening to win this tournament wire to wire, a little local knowledge going a long way. And what about the heart-warming story of Chris Stroud, a 35-year-old Texan who recently decided to give up pushing for his elusive maiden Tour victory, immediately won the Barracuda in Reno last week, and is now in the hunt for a title that’d catapult him into the Daly-Beem-Micheel category of shock PGA champions.

Trying to stop this relatively unheralded duo? Matsuyama, attempting to become Japan’s first major champion and only the second man from Asia to win a big one after YE Yang. The 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, who is long overdue a second major. Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed and Gary Woodland, all desperate to claim their first. Maybe even Rickie Fowler, Paul Casey or hook-happy Day, if one of them posts something very low indeed. And there are others: DeLaet, Murray, Scott Brown, Francesco Molinari, Chez Reavie, Sung Kang, Ryan Fox … let’s stop now, we’ve a long day ahead of us.

Suffice to say: no, it hasn’t turned into a stone-cold classic yet. But it hasn’t been half bad, and with the treacherous Green Mile lying in wait at the business end this evening, there’s plenty of scope for some top-drawer drama, and maybe a few more stories for the ages. It’s the final round of the 99th PGA Championship! It’s glory’s last shot! It’s on!

Here’s how they stand …

-7: Kisner
-6: Stroud, Matsuyama
-5: Thomas, Oosthuizen
-3: Murray
-2: DeLaet, Woodland, Reed, Brown, Molinari
-1: Reavie, Kang, Fox, Fowler
E: Casey, Day

… and here’s when they’re teeing off (local, then BST):

8.05am (1.05pm): Charles Howell III
8.15am (1.15pm): Vijay Singh, Omar Uresti
8.25am (1.25pm): Dylan Frittelli, Russell Henley
8.35am (1.35pm): Adam Scott, Anirban Lahiri
8.45am (1.45pm): Daniel Summerhays, Cody Gribble
8.55am (1.55pm): Hideto Tanihara, Lee Westwood
9.05am (2.05pm): Charley Hoffman, KT Kim
9.15am (2.15pm): Tommy Fleetwood, Alex Noren
9.25am (2.25pm): Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson
9.35am (2.35pm): Shane Lowry, Bud Cauley
9.45am (2.45pm): Bill Haas, Rory McIlroy
9.55am (2.55pm): Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson
10.15am (3.15pm): Lucas Glover, Jason Kokrak
10.25am (3.25pm): Jamie Lovemark, Steve Stricker
10.35am (3.35pm): Kelly Kraft, Marc Leishman
10.45am (3.45pm): Charl Schwartzel, Bryson DeChambeau
10.55am (3.55pm): Jon Rahm, Jim Herman
11.05am (4.05pm): Jordan Spieth, Ian Poulter
11.15am (4.15pm): Thorbjorn Olesen, David Lingmerth
11.25am (4.25pm): Kevin Chappell, Sean O’Hair
11.35am (4.35pm): Brooks Koepka, DA Points
11.45am (4.45pm): Patrick Cantlay, Ryan Moore
12.05pm (5.05pm): Zach Johnson, Brian Harman
12.15pm (5.15pm): Jordan Smith, Matt Kuchar
12.25pm (5.25pm): Pat Perez, Richard Sterne
12.35pm (5.35pm): Byeong-Hun An, Billy Horschel
12.45pm (5.45pm): James Hahn, Tony Finau
12.55pm (5.55pm): Robert Streb, Chris Wood
1.05pm (6.05pm): Satoshi Kodaira, Henrik Stenson
1.15pm (6.15pm): Jason Day, JB Holmes
1.25pm (6.25pm): Rickie Fowler, Paul Casey
1.45pm (6.45pm): Sung Kang, Ryan Fox
1.55pm (6.55pm): Francesco Molinari, Chez Reavie
2.05pm (7.05pm): Gary Woodland, Scott Brown
2.15pm (7.15pm): Graham DeLaet, Patrick Reed
2.25pm (7.25pm): Louis Oosthuizen, Grayson Murray
2.35pm (7.35pm): Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas
2.45pm (7.45pm): Kevin Kisner, Chris Stroud

Help! We’ve got PGA fever! Won’t someone please call Dr Golf?!

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