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What Kevin Kisner said after taking 54-hole lead at PGA Championship

What Kevin Kisner said after taking 54-hole lead at PGA Championship

Stroud's only way into the tournament came by winning last week, and a much-needed break was postponed by a shot at playing in a major. He managed to two-putt and retain the lead.

Former Georgia golfer and alumnus Kevin Kisner has a one-shot lead going into the final round of the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in North Carolina as he looks to claim his first major victory. "I don't know anything", Stroud said. And I didn't do it. The way my game's progressed over my career, I like where I am, and I like having a chance tomorrow.

Jason Day can attest to that.

Louis Oosthuizen looked in real trouble as he stood over his approach to the second, where his ball had finished in the pine straw close to the base of a tree. Kisner had back-to-back birdies on the 14th and 15th holes, but he followed with a double bogey on 16. He shot 77 and was in no mood to discuss the round. But Austria's Bernd Wiesberger had three holes left, seven, eight and nine, and the probability was he would birdie at least one and lower the cut to four over.

Kisner was in a star-studded group on Saturday that included Matsuyama and 2015 PGA Championship victor Jason Day.

"It's just a dream come true to be here", he said. Matsuyama fell a stroke back with his bogey on the first hole, and matched Kisner's birdie on No. 7.

Matsuyama and Kisner were at 8-under 134. He had a boring finish, which on this day allowed him to make up ground. Stroud overcame a five-shot deficit to SMU's Colt Knost by shooting 65 to Knost's 71.

"I played nice today, I just didn't score the way I should have", Kisner told CBS interviewer Amanda Balionis after the round. He was at 5-under 208, along with Justin Thomas, the son of a PGA professional who played bogey-free over his last 12 holes and posted a 69.

It was everyone else in the hunt that fell apart. He shot his best round of the tournament with a 71 on Saturday, but that left him at 3 over for the tournament and in a tie for 37th place.

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Stroud three-putted the 18th hole to fall to 6 under.

Stroud, saying "I'm as calm as I've ever been", shocked himself to make the final group with a 71 despite a bogey-bogey finish. He shot 72 Saturday and is 4-over for the week. He was seven behind. The former University of Georgia golfer from SC has two PGA Tour victories, including one earlier this year at the Colonial.

While players have been able to find the fairway (56.7 percent of players have been in the short grass off the tee, the fifth toughest hole), getting to the green has been the challenge.

Most years, the PGA Championship comes off as the most generous major championship, offering an end of summer chance to make some birdies and win a big one. The South African had his own problems. Andrew Magee did it at a Phoenix Open in 2001.

In the back-nine, he corrected his mistakes and played flawlessly.

Kisner had the opportunity to take a larger lead into the final round until he was undone by Quail Hollow's demanding finishing stretch, known as the Green Mile. That's what you're meant to think.

He was speaking about golf.

PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua said, "it's 100 percent in our plans to bring the PGA Championship back to Quail Hollow".

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