Aiken’s Kisner holds outright lead before final round at PGA

CHARLOTTE (WOLO) – Aiken’s Kevin Kisner is 18 holes away from his first major title.

The South Carolinian has held a share of the lead through both Thursday and Friday at the PGA Championship, but he walked off the 18th green at Quail Hollow Club Saturday in sole possession of the top spot on the leaderboard. The former Georgia Bulldog All-American shot one-over par (72) in his third round, but still holds a one-stroke lead on the field.

Kevin’s streak of 25 holes without a bogey ended on the 12th, but he responded with back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15 to reach -10 on his scorecard, the low-mark of the event. Despite finding a water hazard on 16, which led to a double-bogey, followed by a bogey on 18, Kisner is still the pro to beat.

Kisner (-7) will be paired with Chris Stroud (-6) in the final pairing in the Queen City Sunday, teeing off at 2:45 p.m., aiming to hold off a field of some of the world’s best aiming to win their first major championship.

Irmo’s own and top ranked player in the world Dustin Johnson shot two-over par (73) Saturday and now sits at four-over par for the tournament. He is tied for 47th and begins final round play with 2011 PGA champion Keegan Bradley at 9:55 a.m. Sunday.