By the numbers: Round 3 stats from PGA


Jason Day leads by two over Jordan Spieth heading into the final round at the PGA. Here are some notable statistics, courtesy the Golf Channel research department:

Jason Day (66)

• 15 under; two-shot lead entering final round
• Third consecutive major to hold 54-hole lead/share
• Sixth player in modern era to hold 54-hole lead in three-plus straight majors
• Others all won at least one major in streak
• Second-best 54-hole score to par in PGA Champ. history
• Trails only Ernie Els, 16 under in 1995 (finished T-3)
• Hit six approach shots inside 4 feet in third round
• 42/54 GIR this week; second-best in field through 54 holes
• 19th time at/within three of lead after rounds 1-2-3 in a major
• Eighth time inside top-5 through 54 holes in major since 2010
• That is most of any player in that span
• Failed to convert last five 54-hole leads/shares on PGA Tour
• 1-for-7 in PGA Tour career with 54-hole lead/share

Jordan Spieth (65)

• Played last eight holes in 6 under (six birdies, two pars)
• Combined score of 50 under in majors in 2015
Tiger Woods was 53 under in 2000 (best last 30 years)
• Would be third player in modern era to win three majors in one year
• Only Tiger Woods (2000) and Ben Hogan (1953) have done it
• Would be youngest to win three majors in career in modern era
• 47-for-48 on putts inside 10 feet this week (leads field)
• Combined 13 under in third round of last two majors played
• 10th in strokes-gained: putting in third round (127th in first round)

Justin Rose (68)

• 12 under; three shots back entering final round
• Bogey at 18; had not dropped shot since fourth hole
• Hit 16/18 GIR in third round (bogey/worse on two missed GIR)
• Only Englishman to win PGA – Jim Barnes in 1916 and 1919
• Those were the first two PGA Championships ever contested

Brendan Grace (64)

• Best round in any major by three shots
• Only South African to win PGA Championship is Gary Player (1962 and 1972)
• Hit 14/14 fairways in round (hit 12/28 in rounds 1-2)
• Was tied for 54-hole lead at Chambers Bay
• Made double bogey at 16 that day, finished two shots back)

Martin Kaymer (65)

• Shot 67 in third round in 2010 here (won)
• Hit 15/18 GIR; played back nine in 31
• Looking for second PGA title at Whistling Straits
• Only player to win two PGAs at same venue is Woods (Medinah)
• Four players last 50 years have three-plus majors at age 30/younger
• Trying to join McIlroy, Woods, Ballesteros, Watson in group