A third round, three-under 68 has put Graham DeLaet into the top 10 at the PGA Championship, with one round to go at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C.
DeLaet goes into Sunday’s finale tied for seventh at two under, five shots off the lead.
He made the turn on Saturday at one over after two bogeys and a birdie on the front nine and things got worse when he double-bogeyed the par four 11th.
At three over at that point, DeLaet began a stretch of four consecutive holes in which he birdied the par three 13th, then put up back-to-back eagles on the par four 14th and par five 15th before another birdie on 16 that gave him his 68 on the day.
“On 13 actually, I left that ball hanging on the lip. It was an inch from the hole from making a one, hit the hole on the next one, the par four,” said DeLaet.
“That’s where I turned to (his caddie) and said, `Man, I could have just gone one-one, but going two-two is pretty good on those holes, too,” he said.
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“(On) 15, I hit a great tee shot, great three (wood) coming in there and nice putt right up the hill and left myself in a nice place there,” added DeLaet.
“(On) 16, I hit a good tee shot. I hit a really, really good iron shot that just got a little bit unlucky. I needed another couple paces on it and came back to 40 feet and when that putt went in, one of those things – you shake your head and it was pretty unreal,” he said.
-6 in FOUR HOLES!!!!
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“To do that at the PGA Championship is pretty special. It’s something I’ll probably always remember, you know, when I look back at my career and the nice thing about it was it put me in a position where something really special tomorrow can — you never know,” he said.
Other than that special run of birdies and eagles, the other bit of good news is that the bad back that forced him to withdraw from the Bridgestone Invitational last week and was bothering him earlier this week appears to at least be easing up.
“It’s hanging in there. Today was the best it’s felt since the week has started. It was painful with every swing today, but it didn’t affect me for the first time this week, so that was nice,” said DeLaet.
Mackenzie Hughes and Adam Hadwin missed the cut.
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