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US PGA Championship 2017: third round – live | Sport

The second round of the 99th PGA Championship at Quail Hollow was of the highest quality. Hideki Matsuyama and Francesco Molinari shot 64s. Jason Day, Justin Thomas and Ryan Fox carded 66s. Kevin Kisner posted his second 67 of the week to top the leader board with Matsuyama, and Louis Oosthuizen signed for a 67 too. However it was Rod Pampling who provided us with the moment we’ll surely all remember years from now:

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August 12, 2017

Marvellous. Pampling, at +12 and sure to miss the cut, selflessly teed off at speed on 9 last night, ensuring his group had begun playing, and could therefore finish, their final hole before the klaxon went for bad light. He doubled and signed for a 79. “That was the best thing I did all day,” he smiled afterwards.

Our hero misses the halfway cut along with some big names: Justin Rose, Daniel Berger, Graeme McDowell, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Tyrrell Hatton, Kevin Na, Luke Donald, Bubba Watson, Shaun Micheel, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Ernie Els, Jhonattan Vegas, Branden Grace, Jim Furyk, Padraig Harrington, Danny Willett, Phil Mickelson, John Daly, Davis Love III, Rich Beem, Thomas Bjorn, Thomas Pieters, YE Yang, Adam Hadwin, Xander Schauffele, the Masters champion Sergio Garcia and the reigning PGA champion Jimmy Walker.

Of the folk who had to come back and finish their second rounds this morning, the in-form Chris Stroud, winner last week of the Barracuda, was the most notable. He birdied 7 and signed for his second 68 of the week, and at -6 is just two off the lead. Here’s how they stand at the halfway mark:

-8: Kisner, Matsuyama
-6: Day, Stroud
-5: Molinari, Oosthuizen
-3: Fowler, Thomas, Casey
-2: An
-1: Points, Fox, Murray, Kang, Koepka, Brown
E: Moore, Reavie, Reed, Woodland

The pre-tournament favourites, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, are +2 and +3 respectively. Meanwhile here’s when everyone will be teeing off today (local then BST):

9.50am (2.50pm): JB Holmes, Charles Howell III, Cody Gribble
10am (3pm): Kevin Chappell, Adam Scott, Satoshi Kodaira
10.10am (3.10pm): Kelly Kraft, Charley Hoffman, Sean O’Hair
10.20am (3.20pm): Jason Dufner, Marc Leishman, Billy Horschel
10.30am (3.30pm): Webb Simpson, Pat Perez, Russell Henley
10.40am (3.40pm): Hideto Tanihara, Richard Sterne, KT Kim
10.50am (3.50pm): David Lingmerth, Lee Westwood, Thorbjorn Olesen
11am (4pm): Jordan Spieth, Vijay Singh, Tommy Fleetwood
11.10am (4.10pm): Ian Poulter, Jamie Lovemark, Jordan Smith
11.20am (4.20pm): Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker, Jon Rahm
11.30am (4.30pm): Anirban Lahiri, Jason Kokrak, Lucas Glover
11.40am (4.40pm): Zach Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Henrik Stenson
11.50am (4.50pm): Dustin Johnson, Charl Schwartzel, Jim Herman
12pm (5pm): Chris Wood, Robert Streb, Dylan Frittelli
12.10pm (5.10pm): Bryson DeChambeau, Bill Haas, Brian Harman
12.20pm (5.20pm): Rory McIlroy, Omar Uresti, James Hahn
12.30pm (5.30pm): Daniel Summerhays, Alex Noren, Tony Finau
12.40pm (5.40pm): Shane Lowry, Patrick Cantlay, Graham DeLaet
1pm (6pm): Bud Cauley, Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed
1.10pm (6.10pm): Chez Reavie, Ryan Moore, Scott Brown
1.20pm (6.20pm): Brooks Koepka, Sung Kang, Grayson Murray
1.30pm (6.30pm): Ryan Fox, DA Points, Byeong Hun An
1.40pm (6.40pm): Paul Casey, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler
1.50pm (6.50pm): Louis Oosthuizen, Francesco Molinari, Chris Stroud
2pm (7pm): Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Kisner

They’re all going out in threes, in anticipation of some more thunder and lightning. We’ll get going just after 4pm UK time, and hopefully any electrical storms will give Charlotte the bodyswerve and we won’t have too bitty a day.

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