PGA Championship R3

Phil Mickelson takes 54-hole lead

PGA Championship 2021 R3
May 20-23
Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, SC
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

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Phil Mickelson looked set to take a huge lead into the final round when he birdied the 10th hole to take a 5-shot lead.


PGA Championship 2021 R3

He found the water with his tee shot at the 12th however and walked away with a bogey then double-bogeyed the 13th while Brooks Koepka made three birdies to tie for the lead.

Koepka three putted on the final hole for bogey and closed with a 70 while Mickelson played a risky flop shot and made a 4-foot putt for a 70 to take a one shot lead.


PGA Championship 2021 R3

“I left a lot out there,” said Koepka. “I’ve got a chance to win, so that’s all I wanted to do today is not give back any shots and be there tomorrow with a chance, and I’ve got that.” 

Mickelson is the oldest player to hold a 54-hole lead in a major since Tom Watson at Turnberry in 2009 at the age of 59.


PGA Championship 2021 R3

While Watson lost in the playoff to Stewart Cink, Mickelson could become the oldest player to win a major. The record is currently held by Julius Boros who was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship.

“I felt I had a very clear picture on every shot,” said Mickelson. “And I’ve been swinging the club well, and so I was executing. I just need to keep that picture a few more times.

“So even though it slipped a little bit today,” he added, “and I didn’t stay as focused and as sharp on a few swings, it’s significantly better than it’s been for a long time.”


PGA Championship 2021 R3

Mickelson has had great success in majors, with five wins and multiple runner-up finishes, but it is only his third time leading into the final day.

He will play with Koepka on Sunday with the latter aiming to win the tournament for a third time in the last four years.

Louis Oosthuizen started his round tied with Mickelson but bogeyed his first hole and never quite recovered making three birdies and another two bogeys to sign for a 72.


PGA Championship 2021 R3

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Phil Mickelson
-7
70
69
70
209
2
Brooks Koepka
-6
69
71
70
210
3
Louis Oosthuizen
-5
71
68
72
211
4
Kevin Streelman
-4
70
72
70
212
T5
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-3
71
70
72
213
T5
Branden Grace
-3
70
71
72
213
T7
Bryson DeChambeau
-2
72
71
71
214
T7
Joaquin Niemann
-2
71
72
71
214
T7
Gary Woodland
-2
70
72
72
214
T10
Paul Casey
-1
71
71
73
215
T10
Sungjae Im
-1
70
72
73
215
T10
Corey Conners
-1
67
75
73
215
T13
Jordan Spieth
E
73
75
68
216
T13
Rickie Fowler
E
71
76
69
216
T13
Tony Finau
E
74
72
70
216
T13
Patrick Cantlay
E
73
73
70
216
T13
Keegan Bradley
E
69
75
72
216
T13
Matt Fitzpatrick
E
73
71
72
216
T13
Charley Hoffman
E
73
70
73
216
T13
Jason Kokrak
E
71
72
73
216
T13
Harry Higgs
E
72
71
73
216
T13
Richy Werenski
E
71
72
73
216
T23
Billy Horschel
1
77
72
68
217
T23
Joel Dahmen
1
74
73
70
217
T23
Steve Stricker
1
76
71
70
217
T23
Scottie Scheffler
1
72
74
71
217
T23
Will Zalatoris
1
71
74
72
217
T23
Ian Poulter
1
74
70
73
217
T23
Shane Lowry
1
73
71
73
217
T23
Padraig Harrington
1
71
73
73
217
T23
Martin Laird
1
70
73
74
217
T23
Hideki Matsuyama
1
73
68
76
217
T33
Webb Simpson
2
75
74
69
218
T33
Ben Cook
2
72
77
69
218
T33
Patrick Reed
2
74
75
69
218
T33
Carlos Ortiz
2
73
74
71
218
T33
Cameron Smith
2
72
73
73
218
T38
Alex Noren
3
77
72
70
219
T38
Talor Gooch
3
71
78
70
219
T38
Jon Rahm
3
72
75
72
219
T38
Tyrrell Hatton
3
71
75
73
219
T38
Collin Morikawa
3
70
75
74
219
T38
Daniel van Tonder
3
75
70
74
219
T38
Viktor Hovland
3
69
75
75
219
T45
Harold Varner III
4
73
76
71
220
T45
Aaron Wise
4
69
79
72
220
T45
Jason Scrivener
4
73
75
72
220
T45
Robert MacIntyre
4
75
73
72
220
T45
Justin Rose
4
72
75
73
220
T45
Lee Westwood
4
73
72
75
220
T51
Denny McCarthy
5
73
76
72
221
T51
Emiliano Grillo
5
77
72
72
221
T51
Jason Day
5
74
75
72
221
T51
Wyndham Clark
5
75
74
72
221
T51
Rory McIlroy
5
75
72
74
221
T51
Stewart Cink
5
71
76
74
221
T51
Tom Lewis
5
71
74
76
221
T58
Chan Kim
6
75
74
73
222
T58
Sam Horsfield
6
69
80
73
222
T58
Danny Willett
6
77
71
74
222
T58
Dean Burmester
6
74
74
74
222
T58
Matt Jones
6
73
75
74
222
T58
Russell Henley
6
78
70
74
222
T58
Daniel Berger
6
79
69
74
222
T58
Jimmy Walker
6
73
74
75
222
T58
Abraham Ancer
6
74
72
76
222
T58
Bubba Watson
6
72
73
77
222
T68
Tom Hoge
7
74
75
74
223
T68
Robert Streb
7
77
72
74
223
T68
Cam Davis
7
69
78
76
223
T68
Matt Wallace
7
73
73
77
223
T72
Harris English
8
75
74
75
224
T72
Adam Hadwin
8
77
71
76
224
T72
Brad Marek
8
73
73
78
224
T75
Henrik Stenson
9
73
76
76
225
T75
Byeong Hun An
9
73
75
77
225
T75
Lucas Herbert
9
76
72
77
225
T78
Brendan Steele
10
75
74
77
226
T78
Rasmus Hojgaard
10
71
76
79
226
80
Garrick Higgo
11
73
76
78
227
81
Brian Gay
12
77
71
80
228
CUT
Andy Sullivan
6
73
77
 
150
CUT
Brian Harman
6
75
75
 
150
CUT
Antoine Rozner
6
79
71
 
150
CUT
Chez Reavie
6
77
73
 
150
CUT
Dustin Johnson
6
76
74
 
150
CUT
Sergio Garcia
6
77
73
 
150
CUT
Victor Perez
6
78
72
 
150
CUT
Mackenzie Hughes
6
75
75
 
150
CUT
Marc Leishman
6
74
76
 
150
CUT
Adam Scott
6
78
72
 
150
CUT
Xander Schauffele
6
73
77
 
150
CUT
Justin Thomas
6
75
75
 
150
CUT
Peter Malnati
6
78
72
 
150
CUT
Si Woo Kim
7
75
76
 
151
CUT
Sebastian Munoz
7
77
74
 
151
CUT
Rich Beem
7
74
77
 
151
CUT
Tommy Fleetwood
7
76
75
 
151
CUT
Maverick McNealy
7
78
73
 
151
CUT
Brendon Todd
7
74
77
 
151
CUT
Thomas Detry
7
76
75
 
151
CUT
Danny Balin
8
79
73
 
152
CUT
Chris Kirk
8
76
76
 
152
CUT
Cameron Tringale
8
70
82
 
152
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
8
73
79
 
152
CUT
Jason Dufner
8
71
81
 
152
CUT
Zach Johnson
8
74
78
 
152
CUT
Ryan Palmer
8
74
78
 
152
CUT
Martin Kaymer
8
75
77
 
152
CUT
Lanto Griffin
8
74
78
 
152
CUT
Jim Herman
9
78
75
 
153
CUT
J.T. Poston
9
75
78
 
153
CUT
Greg Koch
9
76
77
 
153
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
9
78
75
 
153
CUT
Hudson Swafford
9
77
76
 
153
CUT
Erik van Rooyen
9
72
81
 
153
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
10
77
77
 
154
CUT
Sami Valimaki
10
78
76
 
154
CUT
Max Homa
10
78
76
 
154
CUT
Matt Kuchar
10
77
77
 
154
CUT
Adam Long
10
72
82
 
154
CUT
George Coetzee
10
75
79
 
154
CUT
John Catlin
10
75
79
 
154
CUT
Kevin Kisner
10
77
77
 
154
CUT
Brett Walker
10
77
77
 
154
CUT
Kalle Samooja
10
74
80
 
154
CUT
Pete Ballo
11
80
75
 
155
CUT
K.H. Lee
11
78
77
 
155
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
11
76
79
 
155
CUT
Tim Pearce
12
79
77
 
156
CUT
Aaron Rai
12
81
75
 
156
CUT
Ben Polland
12
76
80
 
156
CUT
Mark Geddes
12
75
81
 
156
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
13
77
80
 
157
CUT
Rob Labritz
13
76
81
 
157
CUT
Brandon Hagy
13
77
80
 
157
CUT
Kevin Na
13
79
78
 
157
CUT
Cameron Champ
15
82
77
 
159
CUT
Stuart Smith
15
82
77
 
159
CUT
Rikuya Hoshino
15
76
83
 
159
CUT
Thomas Pieters
16
76
84
 
160
CUT
Alex Beach
17
75
86
 
161
CUT
Shaun Micheel
17
81
80
 
161
CUT
Brandon Stone
17
78
83
 
161
CUT
Takumi Kanaya
17
75
86
 
161
CUT
Patrick Rada
18
76
86
 
162
CUT
Sonny Skinner
19
85
78
 
163
CUT
Larkin Gross
20
80
84
 
164
CUT
Frank Bensel, Jr.
21
86
79
 
165
CUT
Joe Summerhays
21
81
84
 
165
CUT
Omar Uresti
21
82
83
 
165
CUT
Derek Holmes
21
79
86
 
165
CUT
Tyler Collet
26
88
82
 
170
CUT
John Daly
27
85
86
 
171
WD
Sam Burns
E
41
   
41
DQ
Y.E. Yang
E
75
83
 
158