by: Jonathon Warriner
Saturday was tough for all the players as the greens dried out and they got quick, Par was a golfers friend. Kevin Kisner went out in 1-under 34 and had the lead heading into the back nine. The back nine was where things got interesting. Kevin Kisner made bogey on hole 12 and was then tied for the lead with Chris Stroud. Kisner, made birdies on holes 14 and 15 to extend the lead to two, however hit a shot into the water at 16 and he played the Green Mile in 3 over par. Hideki Matsuyama was 8-under but made bogeys at 12 and 13 and he finished at 6-under. Chris Stroud went out in 2-under 33, and was tied for the lead on the 15th tee, however bogeys at the last two holes cost him a chance to lead. Louis Oosthuizen shot 71 and Justin Thomas shot 69 as both of them finished at 5-under par, two back.
After Day 3 here’s the Leaderboard;
1.Kevin Kisner -7
T2. Chris Stroud and Hidkei Matsuyama -6
T4. Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Thomas -5
Prediction for today’s play:
The course appears to have dried out, so that will make any round at par good. Kevin Kisner will start out strong shooting 1-under 34 to take a 2 shot lead into the back nine. Matsuyama and Thomas will both soot even par on the front and it will become a 3 man race for the title. On hole 10 Hideki Matsuyama will make a birdie to move to 7-under and one back. Kisner then will make bogey on hole 12 to drop into a tie with Matsuyama at 7-under par. After being at 5-under, Justin Thomas will hole out for Eagle from off the green on hole 14. Matsuyama will respond with a birdie on 14 to retake the lead. Kisner will make a pars on 14 and 15 to lose ground. Justin Thomas will make a birdie on hole 15, while Matsuyama won’t and he will enter the green mile tied for the lead. On hole 16 Justin Thomas will hit his second in the bunker and will bogey to fall out of the lead. Matsuyama will then hold strong making pars on holes 16 and 17. Eisner will make pars on 16 and 17 as well to remain 1 back. Matsuyama then will hit a shot close on 18 and will make the putt to claim his first career major Championship. Kevin Kisner will bogey 18 and finish in a tie for second at 7 under par.