PGA Championship: Inspired Jordan Spieth back in contention

Jordan Spieth PGA Championship

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A superb back nine from Jordan Spieth moved him into contention to win a third major of the year at the PGA Championship on Sunday.

The American is bidding to become only the third man in history to claim a hat-trick of major titles in the same year, following on from the achievements of Ben Hogan in 1953 and Tiger Woods in 2000.

The 22-year-old seemed some way off the pace after ten holes of his third round as he only managed one birdie and nine pars during his opening ten holes in Wisconsin.

However, the Masters and US Open champion managed to rally and, after carding three birdies in a row at 11, 12 and 13, he repeated the feat on the final three holes to record a score of 65 and move into outright second for the tournament on 13-under-par.

The world number two is just two shots behind leader Jason Day going into the final round and he admitted that he is delighted to be back in contention to secure another major success.

He said: “The holes that I didn’t birdie on the back nine, 10 I just barely missed, 14 I was short in the heart. And then 15 was a great two-putt. So, yeah, I’m very, very pleased to have a chance to win another major.”

Spieth, who is set to take over from Rory McIlroy as world number one on Monday, revealed that he will draw on his experiences at Augusta and Chambers Bay to help him succeed once again in a big tournament.

He revealed: “Tomorrow it will be drawing on all the positives that we’ve done, when we did win, why did we win, what was there, and how are we going to make it happen again.”

Spieth is the 2.75 second favourite to secure victory at Whistling Straits, while Day is on offer at 2.25 to seal a maiden major crown.

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