Report by Anand Datla
August 16, 2015: Anirban Lahiri has been threatening to be a disruptive influence at the PGA Championship. And he nearly turned as effective as the storm on Friday evening, rising to second on the leaderboard at one point in the third round of the 97th PGA Championship. Eventually though, late bogeys hurt his chances and Lahiri settled into the night at nine under, tied in eighth with Dustin Johnson.
Lahiri was riding a wave of confidence on Saturday, having completed his second round in style to surge inside the top ten. He continued from where he left it in the morning, firing consecutive birdies at the first two holes to consolidate his position on the leaderboard.
The first bogey of his round came at the par-3 seventh, where he sailed left with his tee shot before scrambling back to the green with his second shot. But with 18 feet left to the pin, Anirban needed two putts to get it done.
Soon after he made the turn at one under for the day, Lahiri made two straight birdies at 11 & 12 to go ten under overall and into the dialogue at the very top of the leaderboard.
Unfortunately though Lahiri bogeyed the 15th and 18th to end the day on a 70, leaving himself a five shot deficit from Jason Day who is the leader after three round.
The Aussie shot 66 to go into Sunday with a two shot cushion over Jordan Spieth. The American played composed, patient golf to work his way up the order. The winner of two majors already this year, Spieth produced sensational Saturday golf in making six birdies in the final eight holes to stamp his authority.
The two young men will tee off in the final pairing on Sunday at 15 past midnight Indian time (early Monday). Anirban will go out with Matt Kuchar.