Jimmy Walker leads Jason Day by one heading into final round
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 31: Jimmy Walker of the United States walks under an umbrella in the rain on the seventh hole during the continuation of the weather delayed third round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 31, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Scott Halleran/PGA of America via Getty Images)
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Jimmy Walker leads for the third consecutive round at the PGA Championship, following a two-under 68 in the third round Sunday morning at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.
Walker leads Jason Day by a stroke at 11 under, and will return to the course early in the afternoon in an effort to go wire-to-wire to win his first major. In three of Walker's five PGA Tour wins, he has held the lead. He would be sleeping on the lead again here if he didn't have to go back out in an attempt to finish 36 holes on Sunday.
Day, the reigning PGA Championship winner, shot a three-under 67 to move to 10 under. He led for a portion of the round, until Walker birdied the 15th hole and then the 18th hole, to take the outright lead.
"It's been a little unfortunate with the weather. But you've got to take it as it is. Hopefully I'm the last man standing." Day said.
In an effort to complete the championship Sunday, players will not be re-paired for the final round. Furthermore, in anticipation of afternoon rain, PGA officials made the radical decision to allow lift, clean and place for the fourth round. It's believed to be the first time preferred lies have been implemented in a major.
Henrik Stenson, the reigning British Open winner, shot his third consecutive three-under 67 to climb within two strokes of the lead, tied with Brooks Koepka, at nine under. Koepka, playing in his first event since withdrawing from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a nagging ankle injury, shot a three-under 67 in pursuit of his first major win.
Robert Streb, a co-leader after the second round, shot a two-over 72, dropping to a tie for fifth place at seven under with Hideki Matsuyama and William McGirt. Matsuyama shot a three-under 67, while McGirt shot a four-under 66.
Jordan Spieth shot a one-under 69, now tied for 17th with Adam Scott, Billy Hurley III and Gregory Bourdy at four under, seven back of the lead.
Rickie Fowler struggled to a one-over 71. He dropped back into a tie for 23rd at three under.
Phil Mickelson's fourth round is already underway, having played eight holes at even par. He is 10 strokes back of the lead at one under.
[Click here for the entire leader board from Baltusrol.] (http://www.golfdigest.com/story/pga-championship-leader-board)
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