Justin Rose was left somewhat frustrated on Moving Day at the US PGA Championship, as back-to-back bogeys to finish took the shine off a run that had earlier seen him make a surge up the field at Kiawah Island.
The Englishman’s game had looked imperious for much of his third round as he came flying out of the blocks over the first ten holes including a stunning run of five birdies in seven holes from the fourth to the tenth on Pete Dye’s renowned Ocean Course.
But after turning in 32 and then posting a fifth birdie of the day at the – an opening nine that had seen The Race to Dubai leader climb 40 places up the leaderboard into a share for seventh place as the third morning progressed – the back nine proved more of a struggle for Rose.
With the wind much less of an influence on a glorious Saturday in South Carolina, Rose’s front and back nines did indeed tell a different story, as the 32 year old dropped his first shot of the day at the 13th after missing the green to the right.
And after failing to get up and down after a wayward tee shot on the par three 17th, Rose was disappointed with himself after dropping a third shot in six holes as he three-putted the difficult 18th to finish with a two under par 70, leaving him in a share for 33rd as the day progressed.