PGA Championship 2022 LIVE: Rankings and latest updates as Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris play three-hole playoffs

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Mito Pereira will take a three-stroke lead on the final day of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills after overcoming a tough corner to take the lead on Saturday. Pereira birdied the last to card a 69 and remains ahead of overnight leader Will Zalatoris and Matthew Fitzpatrick, who got into contention after shooting an excellent 67.

Rory McIlroy’s attempt to end his major drought suffered an early blow, however. After a streak of five straight pars, McIlroy fired his tee shot at par-three sixth into the water and ran a double-bogey five to get back to two under par. It would be followed by a triple bogey six and although a series of birdies helped, McIlroy then dropped another shot in the 18th to end the day level by general.

Earlier in the day, Tiger Woods recorded his worst PGA Championship tally as a successful battle to make the cut took its toll on Southern Hills. Woods shot 79, his previous worst score in the PGA of the USA 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 didn’t get the start I needed. I thought I hit a good tee shot and ended up in the water, and I never really got any momentum on my end.

It was confirmed after the conclusion of day three that Woods had withdrawn from the tournament and the 46-year-old would not play in the fourth round.

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


Playoffs: 18th hole

One more hole to make. It’s 18 and he’s a delicate customer. Par for JT here may be enough to see him lift the trophy.

Will Zalatoris needs to take a hit. He may have to be the most adventurous of the start.

Michael JonesMay 23, 2022 12:22 a.m.


Play-off: 17th hole

A poor read from Zalatoris sees him slipping his birdie effort along the right edge of the hole. He passes and he hits it for a par.

Thomas has the chance to move forward, can he take it?

Michael JonesMay 23, 2022 12:21 a.m.


Play-off: 17th hole

Not bad. Zalatoris has a tricky chip above the bunker and his main problem is stopping the ball. He leaves himself a seven to eight footer for a birdie.

Justin Thomas has to go most of the green for an eagle and brilliantly leaves it just feet from the hole.

Who will blink first?

Michael JonesMay 23, 2022 12:20 a.m.


Play-off: 17th hole

Let’s go to par-4 17 then. Justin Thomas is the first to leave. The green is passable here but will he assume it?

He takes out wood 3 and shells it from left to right. He wears it on the water, on the bunkers and on the green! Incoming Eagle Strike.

Can Zalatoris match it?

He places his tee shot further to the right and has the chance to avoid the bunkers. He will have one to chip one on the green. A birdie may still be good enough for him here. Can he go up and down?

Michael JonesMay 23, 2022 12:14 a.m.


Play-off: 13th hole

Birdies all around. Zalatoris’ putt is a cracker and he leaves it six inches from the hole for a birdie tap-in.

This puts pressure on Justin Thomas who still has some work to do to finish this hole. He places it inside the left edge and watches it fall.

Michael JonesMay 23, 2022 12:09 a.m.


Play-off: 13th hole

Oh stop. 79 yards left for Justin Thomas and he takes an easy back lift before tossing the ball within five/six feet for a birdie.

Can Zalatoris hit his eagle putt?

Michael JonesMay 23, 2022 12:06 a.m.


Play-off: 13th hole

Justin Thomas stops just short of the green with his second shot and will look to hit it close and land a birdie. Will Zalatoris pulls out the 6 iron and hits a right-to-left looping draw that lands on the green and ends about 20 feet out. He will have a putt for the eagle.

Michael JonesMay 23, 2022 12:04 a.m.


Play-off: 13th hole

Justin Thomas goes first and ends up raw on the right. Will Zalatoris smokes his drive in the middle of the fairway.

Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 11:58 p.m.


Thomas and Zalatoris in three-hole playoff

So to decide, 2022 PGA Champion Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris will compete in a three-hole play-off on 13, 17 and 18.

It’s a par-5, a driveable par-4 and the tricky par-4 18th.

Justin Thomas probably has the advantage due to his experience, but Zalatoris has looked good all week. Can he put three more large holes?

Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 11:55 p.m.


Lack! Double bogey for Pereira

A nightmare for the Chilean Mito Pereira. He achieves a double bogey six on the last to go from first to third place. He misses a play-off and there are only two men left.

Matt Fitzpatrick made a final par for a round of 73, but the focus returned to Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris.

One of them will be the PGA champion.

Michael JonesMay 22, 2022 11:50 p.m.

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