PGA Championship 2022 LIVE: Leaderboard & latest updates as Rory McIlroy surging and Will Zalatoris joins Mito Pereira in lead

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Mito Pereira will take a three-shot lead into the final day of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills after overcoming a shaky turn to surge out in front on Saturday. Pereira birdied the last to card a 69 and remain ahead of overnight leader Will Zalatoris and Matthew Fitzpatrick, who put himself into contention after shooting an excellent 67.

Rory McIlroy’s bid to end his major drought suffered a significant early blow, however. After a run of five straight pars, McIlroy pulled his tee shot to the par-three sixth into the water and ran up a double-bogey five to drop back to two under par. It would be followed by a triple-bogey six and although a run of birdies helped, McIlroy then dropped a further shot at the 18th to finish the day at level par overall.

Earlier in the day, Tiger Woods recorded his worst ever score in the PGA Championship as a successful battle to make the cut took a heavy toll at Southern Hills. Woods shot 79, his previous worst score in the US PGA being a 77 in the first round in 2011. “I just didn’t play well,” Woods said. “I didn’t hit the ball very well and got off to not the start I needed to get off to. I thought I hit a good tee shot down two and ended up in the water, and just never really got any kind of momentum on my side.”

It was confirmed after the conclusion of the third day that Woods had withdrawn from the tournament and the 46-year-old will not play in the fourth round.

Follow all the action on what promises to be an intriguing final day, below:

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Eagle putt for Zalatoris

Two great shots on the par-5 fifth from Will Zalatoris sets him up with a putt for eagle from the front part of the green. He finds the correct line but it just doesn’t have the legs.

On the same hole Cameron Young slides his eagle putt past the left side of the hole but taps in for birdie to move to (-6).

Zalatoris follows him into the cup for a share of the lead (-8).

Michael Jones22 May 2022 20:39

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Birdie for Fitzpatrick

Matt Fitzpatrick converts on the fourth to move back to (-6) where he started the day. He’s only two shots off the lead now.

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Michael Jones22 May 2022 20:31

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Birdie Luck for Fitzpatrick

On the fourth, Matt Fitzpatrick has a fantastic chance to pull a shot back after a fine drive and chip to get him within a few feet of the hole. He should knock that in but Mito Pereira also has a birdie opportunity coming up.

The leader is nine feet away, the putt moves slightly from right-to-left. He starts it wide and it doesn’t come round enough so he settles for a par.

Michael Jones22 May 2022 20:29

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Big drive from McIlroy

Rory McIlroy cuts the corner on the 12th with a 340-yard drive to leave a 73-yard pitch onto the green. From that distance his shot isn’t the best but he gives himself another birdie opportunity. This one needs to go in to give Rory some confidence heading into the par-5 13th.

Michael Jones22 May 2022 20:25

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Zalatoris makes birdie

Three consecutive pars gets him off to a fine start but things get even better for Will Zalatoris as he knocks in a five-footer for a birdie on the fourth.

He struggled with that distance yesterday but seems to have found his form again with the putter.

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Michael Jones22 May 2022 20:23

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Dropped shot!

Now then. Mito Pereira drops back down to eight-under after his par putt on the third rolls around the back of the hole and lips out. Is the door ajar for the chasing pack?

Matt Fitzpatrick (-5) steadily knocks his putt in for par. It’s been a good response from him since the bogey on the first hole.

Michael Jones22 May 2022 20:18

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Putts not dropping for McIlroy

Rory has a 30-ft putt on the 11th for a birdie and sends it curling down the right line but it just runs out of gas a few inches before the hole.

A potentially tricky chip for Pereira is flicked to within five-six feet by the leader. He’ll have that putt for a par on the third.

Michael Jones22 May 2022 20:15

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Pereira in trouble on the third

Mito Pereira is in the rough stuff off the tee on the third hole. He’s got 189-yards to green and whips it over to the left pulling up just short of the dancefloor. Up-and-down to come to save by.

Fitzpatrick is on the dancefloor but leaves himself another long putt for birdie.

Michael Jones22 May 2022 20:12

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Mistake from Mito

Mito Pereira’s tee shot on the third finds the trees over to the right and it’s the first false shot from the Chilean today.

After a par on the last hole, Matt Fitzpatrick (-5) is in pole position on the third with a booming drive down the right side of the fairway.

Rory McIlroy (-3) makes a par on the 10th as does Cameron Young (-5) who follows up and bogey on one and a birdie on two with a par on the third.

Michael Jones22 May 2022 20:08

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Simpson making a move

Webb Simpson (-3) is putting himself into the mix. He’s birdied the fourth and the fifth to move to three-under and is going well out there.

Mito Pereira misses his birdie chance on the second goal he’s safely in for another par. Two holes down, 16 to go for the leader.

Michael Jones22 May 2022 20:05

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