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PGA Championship 2017: Kevin Kisner retains lead after steady Round 3 performance

PGA Championship 2017: Kevin Kisner retains lead after steady Round 3 performance

Kevin Kisner. There's a certain quiet confidence emanating from the guy known as Kiz this week.

NOTEWORTHY: The average score dropped by more than a stroke for a second straight day to 72.2. "However, I'm happy just to be one stroke back and still have a chance".

Yes, Kisner is this good. He finished fourth in this event last year and has placed in the top 15 in all three majors this year.

It's only at the majors where he has failed to show up. Even with the changes that the pros hated, the golf course overall held up to a major standard easily. His best finish is a tie for 12ththat coming at the 2015 U.S. Open.

Except for two swings and a cruel lip-out, Kisner could be in total command instead of clinging to the lead.

"It played very hard today", said the 35-year-old American, who recorded his first PGA Tour victory in Reno, Nevada six days ago. That's kind of been our goal for the year.

Woods was aged 24 years, seven months and 25 days when he completed the full set of majors and Spieth will be older than that when he returns for the US PGA - the only major he is yet to win - when it moves to May in 2018.

So far, around Quail Hollow, Kisner has been able to do what no other player has managed - figure out the greens and roll in some decent-length putts. Hideki Matsuyama almost ties for the lead but his birdie putt stops one roll short of the cup and he stands on six-under along with Chris Stroud.

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Kisner made an unwanted splash at Quail Hollow, dunking his second shot on the par-four 16th in the water and spinning out his bogey putt that seemed headed for the bottom of the cup, leaving him with a double-bogey. A bogey on 13 was the only blemish on his card.

"I'd have to say my putting has really saved me", Matsuyama said through a translator.

Asked how he ended up playing with McIlroy in practice, 2016 Challenge Tour victor Smith added: "A good friend of mine knows Rory's caddie (Harry Diamond) so I got his contact details and chatted to him and managed to hook it up". A lot of averages finishes. "I think I saw some highlights today". Not that long ago, he figured his game was so poor he considered quitting. He started to show signs of turning the corner last week at Firestone.

"I'd quite like it to play wet".

"I've always fought a push to the right and got sick and exhausted of it", he said.

Needless to say, Kisner will be breaking new ground as he heads to the weekend with the lead.

Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood and Dustin Johnson also made the cut for the weekend, but there were a few major casualties on an intermittent day's play.

"Yesterday I struggled with that but I sort of found something in my last couple of tee shots and took that into today and drove it a lot better and gave myself some pretty good looks and took advantage of it".