PGA Championship 2022 LIVE: Leaderboard & latest updates as Rory McIlroy surging and Mito Pereira in lead - The Independent

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Mito Pereira will take a three-shot lead into the final day of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills after overcoming a shaky turn to surge out in front on Saturday. Pereira birdied the last to card a 69 and remain ahead of overnight leader Will Zalatoris and Matthew Fitzpatrick, who put himself into contention after shooting an excellent 67.

Rory McIlroy’s bid to end his major drought suffered a significant early blow, however. After a run of five straight pars, McIlroy pulled his tee shot to the par-three sixth into the water and ran up a double-bogey five to drop back to two under par. It would be followed by a triple-bogey six and although a run of birdies helped, McIlroy then dropped a further shot at the 18th to finish the day at level par overall.

Earlier in the day, Tiger Woods recorded his worst ever score in the PGA Championship as a successful battle to make the cut took a heavy toll at Southern Hills. Woods shot 79, his previous worst score in the US PGA being a 77 in the first round in 2011. “I just didn’t play well,” Woods said. “I didn’t hit the ball very well and got off to not the start I needed to get off to. I thought I hit a good tee shot down two and ended up in the water, and just never really got any kind of momentum on my side.”

It was confirmed after the conclusion of the third day that Woods had withdrawn from the tournament and the 46-year-old will not play in the fourth round.

Follow all the action on what promises to be an intriguing final day, below:

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Rory McIlroy makes Sunday charge again but Mito Pereira retains US PGA lead

Rory McIlroy made a Sunday charge for the second successive major as the US PGA Championship headed for an exciting climax at Southern Hills.

McIlroy, who finished runner-up in the Masters thanks to a closing 64 at Augusta National, began the final round nine shots off the lead after following an opening 65 with disappointing rounds of 71 and 74.

That looked to have ended his chances of claiming a fifth major title and first since winning the 2014 US PGA, but McIlroy may have had other ideas and made a brilliant start with four birdies in a row from the second.

Michael Jones22 May 2022 21:26

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Pereira back to eight

Fitzpatrick’s par may just have added a touch of pressure onto Mito Pereira’s lengthy par putt and he knocks it around the back of the hole, making bogey.

Ahead of him Will Zalatoris saves par on the eighth after driving off the back of the green. The putter saves him again.

Michael Jones22 May 2022 21:24

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The putts aren’t dropping

Matt Fitzpatrick slides a birdie effort past the right edge of the hole on the seventh and Cameron Young drops a shot on the eighth.

Just off the green, McIlroy has a long swinging left-to-right effort for a birdie on 16. He strikes it brilliantly but the ball bobbles into the hole and bounces out!

Michael Jones22 May 2022 21:22

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Three to go for Rory

Nine pars in a row for Rory McIlroy. He’s just not been able to convert the more difficult chances on the back nine to pick up shots and with three holes to go he’s probably looking at -5 as a best case scenario.

The 17th is reachable in two and a good tee shot on 18 would leave him with a chance.

Michael Jones22 May 2022 21:19

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The wheels are coming off

Will Zalatoris is imploding. He takes an iron on the par-3 eighth and hooks it well over the green. He’s a little lucky in that the ball sits up in the rough, leaving a good line towards the flag and the potential for an up-and-down par.

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Michael Jones22 May 2022 21:16

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Trouble on seven

The euphoria of only making a bogey on six has been shot away from Will Zalatoris who picks up consectutive bogeys with a five on the seventh.

Cameron Young struggled to get close as well with his three approach shots but he saves himself with the putter and comes away with a par.

Michael Jones22 May 2022 21:12

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Fitzpatrick limits the damage

After finding the water on the sixth, Matt Fitzpatrick slots a tricky putt in for a bogey four on the three. Like Will Zalatoris just before, that will feel like a shot saved.

He moves four off the lead though as Mito Pereira (-9) two putts from the middle of the green for a par.

Michael Jones22 May 2022 21:08

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Pereira finds the green

The last pairing had to wait a long time whilst the officials dealt with Will Zalatoris’ wayward stroke. The wait doesn’t seem to bother Mito Pereira who sends an iron safely onto the middle of the green.

Fitzpatrick decides to go for a five iron and will need to properly smoke this one. He also attempts to go for the flag instead of bailing out to the right and gets it all wrong.

Splash! Into the water and the Englishman is in trouble.

Michael Jones22 May 2022 21:02

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Zalatoris drops back

Will Zalatoris (-7) drops a shot on the par-3 six but it’ll feel like a birdie. He was in real trouble off the tee and had to take a penalty shot before chipping on from the cart path.

He still had work to do with a six-footer for bogey and what looked for sure like a double bogey at best sees Zalatoris only drop one. Great recovery play.

Michael Jones22 May 2022 20:58

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A bogey for Ancer

Abraham Ancer collects another bogey for his round and drops back to (-3) alongside Rory McIlroy who misses another birdie chance of the 14th.

Michael Jones22 May 2022 20:54

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