SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – Nearly 28 hours after the third round started at the PGA Championship things drew to a soggy end with Jimmy Walker clinging to the lead in what has become a race against a foreboding forecast.
Walker rebounded from two early bogeys to finish with a closing nine of 32 and was one stroke clear of defending champion Jason Day at 11 under par.
Both players will head back out onto soggy Baltusrol in just a few hours, with officials electing not to re-pair before the final round in an attempt to complete the event on schedule.
“I just made a couple of loose swings, and finally I settled in,” said Walker, who finished with a third-round 68 and is scheduled to tee off for the final round at 3:16 p.m. (ET). “I said, ‘Man, I'm swinging at it good. Let's just keep trusting that.’ Finally, I started making some really quality golf swings, shots right at the flag, good ball control, good distance control, so felt good.”
Day birdied the par-5 18th hole for the first time this week to post a 67 and will tee off for Round 4 at 3:07 p.m. in the penultimate group.
“It’s really unfortunate with the weather,” said the world No. 1. “Everyone wants a good test, but we have to take it as it is.”
PGA officials broke with tradition and allowed preferred lies for the final round, an unprecedented move at a major in the modern era.
“It will be nice [playing preferred lies], but the back pins will be tough. We have wedge into a lot of these holes and you have to be able to control the spin,” Koepka said.