July 6, 2022

PGA Championship 2022 LIVE: Leaderboard and latest updates as Justin Thomas and Will Zalatores play a 3-hole playoff

PGA Championship 2022 LIVE: Leaderboard and latest updates as Justin Thomas and Will Zalatores play a 3-hole playoff

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Mito Pereira will take a three-shot lead on the final day of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills after overcoming a shaky corner to take the lead on Saturday. Pereira beat the last 69 card and stayed ahead of the overnight leader Will Zalatores and Matthew Fitzpatrick, who put himself in contention with his excellent 67th shot.

Rory McIlroy’s attempt to end his major drought suffered a major early blow. After a streak of five straight pars, McIlroy pulled his tee shot to third in the water and ran a five-double bogey to drop again to two sub-par. A triple bogey would follow and although a group of birds helped, McIlroy then dropped another shot on the 18th to finish the day overall.

Earlier in the day, Tiger Woods recorded his worst result ever in the PGA Championship as a successful fight to make the cut took heavy losses at Southern Hills. Woods hit 79, his previous worst result in the US PGA being 77 in the first round in 2011. “I didn’t play well,” Woods said. “I didn’t hit the ball very well and came down so I didn’t need to start. I thought I hit a good starting point I dropped two and ended up in the water, not getting any kind of momentum on my part.”

After the end of the third day, he confirmed that Woods had withdrawn from the tournament and that the 46-year-old would not participate in the fourth round.

Follow all the action on what promises to be one last, intriguing day, below:

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Playoff: 18 holes

Zalatoris is the first as it approaches green. It fades around the corner and drops shortly before the ball is kicked and rolls to settle at the first cut. He’s got a birdie hit there though.

Justin Thomas goes better and puts himself in the green – four yards closer than he was earlier today. If he knocks it off, he’s the hero.

Michael JonesMay 23 2022 00:31

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Playoff: 18 holes

What a leadership from Justin Thomas. Pinning it left to right, he hits the right fairway and leaves himself a nice angle to bump the green in two.

Will Zalatoris is a bit more conservative and hits 3-wood right down the middle. The ball ran far to the right but he got a better look at the green than before.

Both players are in good shape.

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Michael JonesMay 23 2022 00:27

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Playoff: 18 holes

Another hole to go. He’s the eighteenth and he’s a tough customer. Parity with JT here might be enough to see him lift the trophy.

Does Zalatoris need to take a shot? He may have to be more adventurous.

Michael JonesMay 23 2022 00:22

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Playoff: Hole 17

A misreading of Zalatoris saw him slip his effort along the right edge of the hole. He passes and knocks him for equality.

Thomas has an opportunity to move forward, can he take it?

Michael JonesMay 23 2022 00:21

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Playoff: Hole 17

not bad. Zalatoris has a trick chip above the bunker and his main problem is getting the ball to stop. He leaves himself from seven to eight appendices to a bird.

Justin Thomas has to navigate through most of the green in search of an eagle and he does brilliantly to leave it within two feet of the hole.

Who will flash first?

Michael JonesMay 23 2022 00:20

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Playoff: Hole 17

Down to par-4 17 then. Justin Thomas is the first to start playing again. The green is drivable here but will he take it?

He got the third wood and pounded it from left to right. Carry it over water, over bunkers and on green! The incoming eagle hit.

Can Zalatoris stand up to it?

He places his tee to the right and is lucky to avoid bunkers. He will have to cut one on the green. The bird might still be good enough for him here. Can he raise and lower it?

Michael JonesMay 23 2022 00:14

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Playoff: The Thirteenth Hole

Birds in all respects. Hitting Zalatoris is a cracker and leaves it six inches from the hole for tap birds.

This puts pressure on Justin Thomas who still has a bit of work to finish this hole. He puts it inside the left edge and watches it fall.

Michael JonesMay 23 2022 00:09

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Playoff: The Thirteenth Hole

Oh stop. He stayed 79 yards for Justin Thomas and took an easy back lift before directing the ball to five/six feet for Birds.

Can Zlatori knock in an eagle strike?

Michael JonesMay 23 2022 00:06

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Playoff: The Thirteenth Hole

Justin Thomas puts a short distance out of the green with a second hit and will be looking to hit him up close and catch a birdie. Will Zalatoris takes out the six iron and hits the right-to-left winding clouds that lands on the green and finishes about 20 feet away. He will have a blow to the eagle.

Michael JonesMay 23 2022 00:04

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Playoff: The Thirteenth Hole

Justin Thomas first started to find himself in a tight spot to the right. Will Zlatoris smokes his drive in the middle of the lane.

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