PGA Championship: Green Mile lives up to fearsome reputation during Round 3

PGA Championship: Green Mile lives up to fearsome reputation during Round 3

That meant Day went from four shots off the lead and seven behind leader American Kevin Kisner.

Pre-championship favourite Rory McIlroy was also out of contention, 11 back and already looking towards next season.

Jordan Spieth figured he was too far back to chase the final leg of the career Grand Slam this year.

He is tied with American Kevin Kisner on eight-under par and the duo are two shots clear of third-placed Jason Day. Electing not to punch his ball back into the fairway, the 2015 champion attempted to play a hook past an adjacent cart path.

"It's just a dream come true to be here, to be up here (press room) talking to you guys, the PGA Championship, one of the greatest tournaments in the world", Stroud said.

Chris Stroud: He could have been the leader, sitting at 8 under after a birdie at No. 14.

Odds are Quail Hollow won't be the same test the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Kisner had a good look at birdie at No. 17 before hooking his second shot on 18 toward the creek bordering the green.

Two shots behind the leaders was Australian world No. 7 Jason Day, victor of the 2015 PGA Championship, who carded a 67 to take his total to six-under 136.

"Obviously I'm happy to have made the cut but I'm very disappointed because I got to three under for the tournament and had a few bogeys", said Smith, who won his maiden European Tour title at the Porsche European Open in Germany a fortnight ago. He's at 217, four over for three rounds and outside the top 40.

INDIAN golfer Anirban Lahiri repaired a shaky start with a composed finish to card a modest one-over 72 for a share of the 33rd spot on the opening day of the 99th PGA Championships here.

He didn't make a bogey after the sixth hole and saved his momentum several times from poor positions off the tee.

But his 54th hole was a auto crash; after a flared tee shot into the trees and an ill-advised attempt to hit a hard hook around a pine tree, he found himself in bushes near a sponsor's area right of the fairway, needing a penalty drop for an unplayable lie. His shot from that thick grass stopped 65 feet shy of the stick, and he three-putted.

"US Open Sunday, I was out of it, but I gathered a little something off that Sunday round that led to two wins and two tournaments after that including a major".

The round will resume Saturday with 26 players on the course.

"It was sort of the same as the first couple of rounds", McIlroy said. "I didn't think it was going to take this long, but I'm glad I'm here". Finau had his third round at 2-under par heading into the back nine but gave it back with a double bogey on the par-4 No. 12. The 28-year-old Californian won the Wells Fargo Championship in 2012 at Quail Hollow for the first of his four career PGA Tour victories.

"It was more gettable after the rain delay than it was before, no doubt about it", Spieth said.