Jason Day is heading towards a drought-breaking major championship win as he holds a three-shot lead with eight holes to play at the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
World No.5 Day is three under on his final round through 10 holes to be at 18 under par for the tournament, three clear of world No.2 Jordan Spieth and England’s Justin Rose who have also played 10.
Day has finished inside the top 10 nine times in previous majors without closing the deal but has never had a better opportunity.
He birdied the second hole with a lovely up and down from a bunker and then started a huge push towards becoming the first Australian to win the PGA Championship since 1995 with three birdies in a row on five, six and seven.
But just as he looked a winner a loose drive on the eighth ended in a bogey and a chunked approach into nine was lucky not to bring another.
If he can break his drought he will be the fifth Australian to win the PGA Championship, joining Jim Ferrier, David Graham, Wayne Grady and Steve Elkington.
Australia last won a major through Adam Scott at the 2013 Masters.
Matt Jones is three over through 12 holes on his round to drop to seven under and out of the running.
Cameron Smith shot a one-under-71 to finish at five under for the week.