By the time it finished bouncing, McIlroy had to drop the ball in a patch of thick grass so far down the hill that he had to get creative with his escape. Other short odds to win are Jason Day (+400) and Kevin Kisner (+500).
Molinari is this week contesting his 33 Major Championship and with Italian golf ready to celebrate a Majors first ahead of Italy hosting the 2022 Ryder Cup. “However, I’m happy just to be one stroke back and still have a chance”. And I didn’t do it.
Spieth wasn’t alone in his struggles.
He started the day three shots behind Kisner, who extended that gap as one of the early starters. American Chris Stroud is best placed among those yet to complete the round, five-under with five holes left. Instead of pitching out to the fairway, he tried hooking it around the tree and the gallery but the shot hit the pine and the ball went into a bush.
Ironically it was from seventh to ninth where Lahiri recovered from a shaky start on the first day.
The 28-year-old won his first PGA Tour title here in 2010, lost out to Rickie Fowler in a play-off in 2012 and stormed to a seven-shot victory in 2015, which included a course record of 61 in round three. He shot his best round of the tournament with a 71 on Saturday, but that left him at 3 over for the tournament and in a tie for 37th place. The two-time victor of the event (2012 and 2014) has a chance to contend and win his first major since 2014.
Rory McIlroy, who is well back at four over, said the speed of play was an issue. “Probably the pressure had to do with it”.
Justin Thomas (69) and 2010 British Open victor Louis Oosthuizen (71) share fourth a shot back at five-under.
US Open champion Brooks Koepka shot a two over par round of 73 to finish in a tie for eleventh whilst world number one Dustin Johnson is up against it back on two over par.
DeLaet made up six shots in a span of four holes, so even players who are outside the top five have an outside shot at applying pressure to Kisner in the quest for the year’s final major. After starting the day two shots off the pace, the Australian crashed out of contention with a series of errors, notably going for the green from the trees en route to a quadruple-bogey 8 at the par-4 18th, resulting in a 77. “If you miss it just by a couple feet from the flag, you can hit a great shot in there and wind up 30 yards away”.