Gary Woodland inches back into hunt at PGA Championship

Topeka native enters final round tied for seventh, five behind leader Kevin Kisner

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gary Woodland’s hopes of winning his first major championship this week aren’t dead yet.

 

Woodland shot a 2-under 69 Saturday at Quail Hollow Club then watched the leaders come back toward him and the rest of the field during the final 30 minutes of Saturday’s proceedings at the PGA Championship, giving the 33-year-old Shawnee Heights graduate a chance to make a come-from-behind charge on Sunday.

At 2-under 211 overall, Woodland will enter the final round of the year’s last major tied for seventh. He trails leader Kevin Kisner by five and is four shots out of second place, shared by Chris Stroud and Hideki Matsuyama.

Kisner was 10 under but made double bogey at No. 16 and bogey at the final hole. Stroud was 8 under before closing with back-to-back bogeys.

Justin Thomas and Louis Oosthuizen are tied for fourth at 5 under, Grayson Murray is sixth at 3 under, and Graham DeLaet, Patrick Reed, Scott Brown and Francesco Molinari join Woodland at 2 under.

Woodland’s third round featured five birdies — his most of the week — against three bogeys. The former Kansas Jayhawk made a pair of 7-foot birdie putts at Nos. 2 and 8 and added an 111/2-footer at No. 14 and a nearly 30-footer at No. 4. His other birdie came at the par-5 10th where he flirted with eagle.

Woodland’s birdie at the 14th briefly put him at 3 under, but he slipped back at the par-4 16th when he failed to get up and down after missing the green long and left.

Former Kansas State player Robert Streb also turned in a solid round on moving day, shooting a 1-under 70 and authoring the shot of the round when he holed a 156-yard approach at No. 12 for eagle.

Streb had three birdies, four bogeys and the eagle. He was 3 under on his round before bogeying two of his last three holes (Nos. 16 and 18), forcing him to settle for a tie for 18th at 1-over 214.

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