Walker leads Day ahead of USPGA final round


By Thomas Dodd

  • American Jimmy Walker leads USPGA Championship by one shot with one round to play on 11
  • Defending champion and world number one Jason Day is nearest pursuer on -10
  • Inclement weather causes two rounds to be squeezed into one day, and no re-draw before the final round
BALTUSROL, SPRINGFIELD, NEW JERSEY, USA – Jimmy Walker will take a one shot lead into the final round of the USPGA Championship after shooting a two under par 68 in his delayed third round.

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The American heads Jason Day on 11 under par, but the pair will not play together in Sunday’s final round as tournament organisers decided not to re-draw after round three.

It left a bizarre situation for those watching on Sunday morning as those at the top of the leaderboard completing their third rounds were pursued by those already on the course for their final 18 holes.

Open Champion Henrik Stenson and Brookes Koepka lead the chasing pack on nine under par, before a gap back to four players on seven under par.

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington was the best placed Brit ahead of the final round of the final major of the year.

The 2008 PGA Champion headed out shortly after the final groups signed their third round cards on five under par, six shots adrift.

World number two Jordan Spieth lies seven strokes back of the lead after a one under par 69 left him four under par overall.

Englishman Tyrrell Hatton looks like backing up his strong finish at Royal Troon two weeks ago by starting the final round five under par.

2013 US Open Justin Rose and Paul Casey are both four under for the tournament, with the former having completed 72 holes, while crowd favourite Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston went into the final round on level par for the week.

With one hour left before the last two pairings teed off, the early final round charge was being made by Branden Grace.

The South African birdied two of his opening four holes to get to minus eight for the championship.

Defending Baltusrol champion from 2005 Phil Mickelson rounded out his week with a pair of 68s to end the tournament on three under par.

Masters Champion Danny Willett ended his major year on five over par in a tie for 78th.

Weather forecasts for Sunday afternoon in New Jersey indicate a champion will be crowned by the close of the play, as cloudy skies and early morning showers gave way to cooler brighter afternoon conditions.

Round 4 Leaderboard: (US Unless stated) ** correct as of 7.25pm GMT

-11 Jimmy Walker (8.16pm)
-10 Jason Day (AUS) (8.07pm)
-9 Henrik Stenson (SWE) (7.59pm), Brookes Koepka (7.49pm)
-8 Branden Grace (RSA) (thru 6 holes)
-7 William McGirt (7.13pm), Robert Streb (8.16pm), Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) (7.40pm)
-6 Daniel Summerhays (7.13pm), Webb Simpson (thru 2 holes), Padraig Harrington (F)

Selected Others (GB Unless Stated)

-5 Paul Casey (thru 6)
-4 Justin Rose (F), Tyrrell Hatton (thru 9) Jordan Spieth (USA) (7.22pm)
-3 Phil Mickelson (USA) (F), Russell Knox (thru 14)
-2 Jamie Donaldson (7.31pm)
-1 Matt Fitzpatrick (F), Ross Fisher (thru 12)
+1 Andy Sullivan (thru 7)
+2 Andrew Johnston (thru 7)
+5 Danny Willett (F), Lee Westwood (thru 10)