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Gutsy Jordan Spieth shows his class to climb USPGA leaderboard – but Rory McIlroy struggles again

Jordan Spieth served discover in the third spherical of the US PGA Championship right here on Saturday that he’s not about to surrender on attaining his profession grand slam dream with no combat. In distinction, nonetheless, Rory McIlroy’s mission to relaunch his main odyssey pale with barely a whimper. Spieth started the day 9 off the in a single day lead shared by fellow American Phil Mickelson and South African Louis Oosthuizen. It appeared a forlorn pursuit for the 27-year-old as he tried to chase down the Wanamaker Trophy to change into simply the sixth participant in historical past to finish male golf’s full set, becoming a member of Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods in the pantheon. But Spieth is one among the gutsiest professionals on the market and on the again of his latest resurgence – which featured him winning his first match in 4 years final month earlier than ending third at The Masters – he tore into The Ocean Course. Granted, with the circumstances a lot calmer, this was the best Pete Dye’s creation had performed all week, however nonetheless hazard lurks. Spieth’s 68 solely contained one bogey – on the seventeenth – and on degree par, his admirers can nonetheless fantasise, even whether it is far-fetched. There was a 13-footer for par on the 1st and though he missed a nine-footer for birdie on the par-five 2nd, a 30-footer on the par-four third handed him his first birdie. On the par-three fifth he chipped in and the momentum was his. Except, he lipped out on the sixth, missed a four-footer for a 4 on the par-five seventh and when a 15-footer on the eighth by some means stayed above floor, it gave the impression to be a case of what-could-have-been. Maybe it nonetheless was, regardless of one other chip in on the tenth and an eight-footer for birdie on the eleventh. Spieth required every little thing to drop. There had been two advantageous par saves on the 14th and fifteenth – the first courtesy of an beautiful chip to 18 inches from the tough and the second with a brave 16-footer – and there was a 15-footer on the par-five sixteenth. At that stage Spieth was solely 4 off the tempo, with the leaders going off. The Ocean Course was on the brink of witnessing its first bogey-free spherical of the 103rd US PGA. Until the seventeenth struck, that’s. The treacherous par-three with water down the proper, inevitably forces the golfer to look left and so Spieth pulled it. This time couldn’t convert the 18-footer for par, however after the par up the 18th that membership nonetheless deserved delight of place in Spieth’s bag after wildly misbehaving in the first two rounds. There had been solely 23 putts on his scorecard. By now, McIlroy seemed resigned to be bunched amongst the also-rans. His very first shot of the spherical was clipped into the water and though he pulled that one again with a birdie on the ninth to exit in level-par 36, the inward half was appalling. It started with one other wayward tee-shot to the proper, requiring a penalty drop from “the native area” – and on the par-five eleventh, he laboured up the left facet, making one other bogey.

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