PGA Championship 2022 LIVE: Rankings and Latest Updates

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Mito Pereira will take a three-stroke lead on the final day of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills after overcoming a tough corner to take the lead on Saturday. Pereira birdied the last to card a 69 and remains ahead of overnight leader Will Zalatoris and Matthew Fitzpatrick, who got into contention after shooting an excellent 67.

Rory McIlroy’s attempt to end his major drought suffered an early blow, however. After a streak of five straight pars, McIlroy fired his tee shot at par-three sixth into the water and ran a double-bogey five to get back to two under par. It would be followed by a triple bogey six and although a series of birdies helped, McIlroy then dropped another shot in the 18th to end the day level by general.

Earlier in the day, Tiger Woods recorded his worst PGA Championship tally as a successful battle to make the cut took its toll on Southern Hills. Woods shot 79, his previous worst score in the PGA of the USA 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 didn’t get the start I needed. I thought I hit a good tee shot and ended up in the water, and I never really got any momentum on my end.

It was confirmed after the conclusion of day three that Woods had withdrawn from the tournament and the 46-year-old would not play in the fourth round.

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

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Pereira back in front

Mito Pereira (-9) converts his birdie in the fifth to come back in front. That lead looks set to be extended as Will Zalatoris takes a penalty in the sixth.

Matt Fitzpatrick had to settle for a par.

Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:50 p.m.

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Luck for Herbert

Lucas Herbert (-3) has the opportunity to make a move on the ninth but his birdie effort goes over the edge of the cut and he has to settle for par.

Rory McIlroy was in trouble off the tee on the 13th but recovered well to set up a birdie putt which he then slid down the right side of the hole.

Putts don’t fall for Rory.

Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:46 p.m.

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Zalatoris in trouble

Will Zalatoris tees off on the sixth and seems to be over-selecting a club as he belts it across the back of the green, down the road and into the forest. It might even be off limits.

Cameron Young also goes over the back but he keeps his ball in play.

Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:44 p.m.

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Eagle putt for Zalatoris

Two great shots on the par-5 fifth from Will Zalatoris set it up with an eagle putt from the front of the green. He finds the right line but she just doesn’t have the legs.

On the same hole, Cameron Young slides his eagle putt beyond the left side of the hole but taps for the birdie to move to (-6).

Zalatoris follows him into the cup for a share of the lead (-8).

Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:39 p.m.

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Birdie for Fitzpatrick

Matt Fitzpatrick converts on the fourth to return to (-6) where he started the day. He’s only two shots off the lead now.

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Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:31 p.m.

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Birdie chance for Fitzpatrick

On the fourth, Matt Fitzpatrick has a fantastic chance to fire back after a good drive and chip to put him within feet of the hole. He should hit it, but Mito Pereira also has a birdie opportunity ahead.

The leader is at nine feet, the putt moves slightly from right to left. He starts wide and he doesn’t turn enough so he settles for a par.

Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:29 p.m.

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Great McIlroy Reader

Rory McIlroy cuts the corner on the 12th with a 340-yard drive to leave 73 yards on the green. From this distance, his shot is not the best but he gives himself another birdie opportunity. This one needs to come in to give Rory some confidence before the par-5 13th.

Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:25 p.m.

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Zalatoris makes a birdie

Three straight pars get him off to a good start, but things look up again for Will Zalatoris as he hits a five-footer for a birdie in the fourth.

He struggled with that distance yesterday but seems to have regained his form with the putter.

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Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:23 p.m.

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Knock down!

Now. Mito Pereira drops back down to eight under after his par putt on the third rolls to the back of the hole and rips. Is the door ajar for the hunting squad?

Matt Fitzpatrick (-5) consistently hits his putt for par. It’s a good response from him from the bogey on the first hole.

Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:18 p.m.

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Putts don’t fall for McIlroy

Rory has a 30-foot putt at 11 for a birdie and sends it rolling down the straight but he just lacks gas a few inches before the hole.

A potentially tricky chip for Pereira passed within five to six feet by the leader. He will have this putt for a par on the third.

Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 8:15 p.m.

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