As Martin Kaymer said at the end of day three of the 2015 USPGA at Whistling Straits "It's very, very difficult to beat views like this." We agree!
At one point on Saturday, Jason Day reached 16 under par and was in with a chance of setting all sorts of records in a Major – such as the 63 shot by Hiroshi Iwata the day before – after he has made six consecutives 3s from the 9th hole. But a double bogey on the 15th derailed the 27-year-old Queenslander’s charge and he ended with a round of 67 and a two-shot lead going into the final day.
Jordan Spieth walks to the 7th tee.
Marin Kaymer lines up a putt on 16. After his round of 66 Martin Kayner is still in with a shout of becoming only the second man after Tiger Woods retains the record as the only man to have won two USPGAs on the same course. Woods did so at Medinah in 1999 and 2006 at Medinah. The 2010 champion is four shots behind and reflected afterwards that “I always enjoy golf courses where you have 18 holes without a single boring one,” reflected Kaymer. “Every hole has something that makes you think about, and there’s always something tricky. It’s such an interesting golf course. If you don’t hit the ball well, you can shoot easily 75, 76. But if you hit fairways and make a couple of putts here or there, you can shoot a good score. It’s a very fair golf course. You always have to think. It’s really fun to play and at the same time, it’s a beautiful spot. It’s very, very difficult to beat views like this and having such an exciting golf course. So that’s why for me it’s the best course in America that I’ve played.”
Whistling Straits is a beautiful golf course. If you want to experience it is person, being a spectator is the cheapest way. To play a round here costs $385 per person and there is also a mandatory $65 caddie fee. But the good news is that the twilight rate is a more modest $270 – and there is no need to have a caddie.
USPGA Championship day three in pictures: all pictures are by Getty Images