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Summary

  1. Leader: -7 Kisner
  2. -6 Stroud, Matsuyama; -5 Thomas, Oosthuizen
  3. -3 Murray; -2 Brown, Reed, F Molinari, DeLaet, Woodland; -1 Kang, Fowler; E Day
  4. Selected others: +1 Wood, +2 Kuchar; +3 Spieth, Poulter; +4 McIlroy, D Johnson; +7 Westwood

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By Jamie Lillywhite and Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

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Third round leaderboard:

-7 K Kisner (US)

-6 C Stroud (US), H Matsuyama (Jpn)

-5 J Thomas (US), L Oosthuizen (SA)

-3 G Murray (US)

Selected others: -1 R Fowler (US); level P Casey (Eng

Well, how is he going to fare tomorrow with his one-shot lead? Is world number three Hideki Matsuyama, one shot back in a share of second, his biggest challenge or will someone come from pack?

Join us for the final instalment. They are back in pairs tomorrow and it will be Kisner and Chris Stroud last out at 2.45pm local time, 19:45 BST. It's going to be another late one. Cheerio for now.

Leader Kevin Kisner on the long wait he had at the 18th while Jason Day was making an eight: "I was pretty perplexed about that chip shot I had, rather than watching Jason I was working out how I was going to take five from there. I don't want to be there tomorrow."

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Kevin Kisner: "There's no real need to show emotion but I'll show plenty of emotion if I win tomorrow. It's a dream to win a major, the way my game has progressed I like my chances. I'm sure a lot of my buddies will be making their way over tomorrow but the great thing is when I get home golf is over and that's what I love about them."

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Kevin Kisner: "At the 18th I didn't do enough scouting, I never thought they were going to put the flag there. I tried to go right at it with a seven iron and it was a stupid play, but it puts a little fire in me for tomorrow."

Some thoughts from leader Kevin Kisner on the pace of play: "It was super hot and standing around in 105 heat index is not a lot of fun. I'm pretty used to slow play, you watch us every week."

British challenge

Casey is still the highest placed British player, however. Big Bristolian Chris Wood is one over and Wiltshire's Jordan Smith, who eagled the 14th after driving into the heart of the green at the par four as you can see below, is plus two after a round of 70.

Casey capitulates

-7 Kisner; -6 Stroud, Matsuyama; -5 Thomas, Oosthuizen

The Green Mile has caused some consternation today. Paul Casey was another to suffer, dropping four shots in those final three holes to drop to level par for the Championship. That's level with Jason Day and they could compare horror stories if they are paired together for the final round tomorrow.

Kisner leads by one shot into final day

-7 Kisner; -6 Stroud, Matsuyama; -5 Thomas, Oosthuizen

Safely in for Kisner and that's it for the third round. The 33-year-old dropped three shots in those three Green Mile holes but he will take a one-shot lead into the final round in his quest for a first major title.

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Quadruple bogey for Day

-7 Kisner, -6 Matsuyama, Level Day (after 18)

A third round of 73 for Hideki Matsuyama, who still has that tag of "bidding to become the first Japanese player to win a major."

It's a quadruple bogey EIGHT for Day. He can still smile though, but it's Jack Nicholson in the Shining-esque (another Stephen King reference eh?) and the Australian slips to level par for the Championship.

Final group at the 18th

My word that was quick, he hardly seemed to touch that in the fading light as the sun disappears behind the large Quail Hollow clubhouse. Neatly judged and he will be inside three feet for his par. Day has not finished yet, people are losing count of how many he has taken.

Final group at the 18th

Kisner plays out away from the danger and to the back of the green, he is going to be content with a bogey five here, which will be enough to retain the lead. He will be doing well to get down in two though, it is 46 feet away.

Final group at the 18th

-8 Kisner; -6 Matsuyama; -4 Day

After some lengthy jiggery pokery behind the bushes, Day and a rules official decide where he should drop the ball but his fourth shot still does not find the fairway. He hacks out of the rough and is short of the green in five at the par four.

Jay Townsend

Golf expert on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

That was a crazy choice for a second shot from Day. He is really shooting himself in the foot. I can't believe a player of his pedigree did that.

Final group at the 18th

-8 Kisner; -6 Matsuyama; -4 Day

It's all happening on the 18th fairway. The crowd were probably expecting Day to just pitch out into the fairway but he tried to draw one from the edge of the cart path, scattering the spectators in the process. His club has clattered into the tree and the ball is nowhere to be seen.

Even mild-mannered leader Kisner is feeling the pressure, his approach drifting left, bouncing high over a rock in the stream and coming to rest in the rough.

Final group at the 18th

-8 Kisner; -6 Matsuyama; -4 Day

Day is in the pine straw a couple of feet behind the trunk of a huge tree. We could have a delay while he arranges the crowd, but hopefully not of Jordan Spieth proportions. In the distance there is a rainbow. The last thing we need is a thunderstorm with the final group so close to finishing.

Bogey for Stroud

Stroud -6 (after 18)

It's back to back bogeys for Stroud as the par putt touches the left edge yet doesn't drop. He finishes with a 71 and a six under total, which currently shares second, two behind Kisner. Oosthuizen finishes five under and the third member of the group, Francesco Molinari, is two under.

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Stroud at the last

-7 Stroud (one behind Kisner)

Stroud guides one towards the cup at the last with that unusual broomhandle putter. It looked good from 20-plus feet but it has raced six feet past.

Iain Carter

BBC Sport golf correspondent

Kisner just shaved the right edge. He looks absolutely shattered. I think the intensity has got to him, but he has got away with a par.

Final group after 17 holes

-8 Kisner; -6 Matsuyama; -4 Day

There has been little show of emotion from Kisner today but he puts his hand over his eyes as a good looking birdie putt brushes the edge of the cup but stays above ground. It is a par three for the leader. Day's eventful round continues when he fails to hole down the hill from eight feet for par and he is four adrift again.

Fowler finishes at one under

That's a sorry way to finish for Fowler, missing on the left from inside three feet for a 73 that will leave him on one under for the Championship. Playing partner and good pal Justin Thomas returns a 69 for a five under total

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Final group at the 17th

-8 Kisner; -6 Matsuyama; -5 Day

After Matsuyama finds the bunker in front of the green at the par three, Kisner takes one club more and just makes his way on to the putting surface. It will be a lengthy putt but the stoney-faced Californian is likely to protect his lead.

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Bogey for Stroud

-7 Stroud (17)

Kisner will not know this but he has the lead again, with Stroud's eight foot par putt at the par three 17th touching the hole but staying above ground.

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Maureen Madill

BBC TV golf commentator

Day struck the putt so well and it was straight into the hole. That's a bonus and he knows it. That's his third consecutive birdie.

Final group at the 16th

-8 Kisner; -6 Matsuyama; -5 Day

What a Day Jason has had, this time he sinks a 42-footer for his third successive birdie. Kisner's long putt rattles the hole but spins out so it will be a double bogey and he shares the lead with Chris Stroud.

Final group at the 16th

-10 Kisner; -6 Matsuyama; -4 Day

A dramatic start to the Green Mile worthy of Stephen King himself (there's a literary reference for my book-loving beloved). Kisner drops to the edge of the line marking the hazard, his feet almost touching the edge of the water, but he has left himself 20 feet to drop only one shot.

Stroud (-8 after 16)

Is Chris Stroud's putting stroke even legal? Looks suspiciously like a pivot to me...

Anyway... he knocks his par putt in on the 16th to stay within two shots of Kevin Kisner. But that might all be about to change...

Stroud
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Splash!

Kisner finds water at 16

Extraordinary. Kisner found a good lie in the rough at the par five but he has hoicked it straight left and into the lake. His lead is currently two, how many will it be at the end of the hole?

Final group at the 16th

-10 Kisner; -6 Matsuyama; -4 Day

That's the first "mashed potato" chant I've heard for a while. It's for Matsuyama's drive, which is the only one of the three to find the fairway at the par four, playing 516 yards today.

Splash!

Thomas (-5 after 16), Fowler (-5 after 16)

On to the par-three 17th where today's pin position, bottom left of a green surrounded by water at that side, is enticing the players into the drink.

Justin Thomas doesn't hold back, attacking the pin... nice.

Rickie Fowler follows his pal on to tee, eight iron in hand, Ohh RICKIIIIIE! He's undercooked it and sees his ball splash into the water in front of the green. Big error.

Final group after 15 holes

-10 Kisner; -6 Matsuyama; -4 Day

Kisner's eagle putt has a good look at the cup but drifts by the left edge. As Day strikes his putt there is a raucous chant of "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie" which I am not sure Jason would have appreciated at that precise moment. It's not an eagle but - after a Championship official repairs the edge of the hole - it's another birdie.

Matsuyama misses on the left from six feet and he is four off the lead as Kisner holes out, maintaining his record of a birdie at this hole every time this week. On we go to the Green Mile.

Matsuyama of Japan
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Stroud (-8 after 15)

Co-leader Chris Stroud on the 16th.. second shot...

"Stop ball, STOP!" he shouts as his ball hits the dancefloor. Don't panic, Chris. That's alright.

Half a chance of a birdie for the American.

Casey (-4 after 15)

Paul Casey, playing with Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas, has gone slightly under the radar today. The Englishman is always lurking around the top 10 of a major and this week has been no different.

He is one under today, leaving him five shots off the pace, but is scrabbling to save par on the 16th.

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Final group at the 15th

-9 Kisner; -6 Matsuyama; -3 Day

A full-blooded three-wood for Kisner and he is pin high on the green in two at the par five. The 33-year-old world number 25 is going to have a very holeable eagle chance.

Matsuyama is short of the dancefloor but Day strikes a majestic iron that lands softly, like a butterfly with sore feet, only 12 feet or so from the flag.

DeLaet (-2 after 18)

Graham DeLaet's day is done and the 35-year-old Canadian will be satisfied with his shift. He finishes three under, moving him up the leaderboard to two under, thanks to that blistering four-hole burst a little earlier:

13: Birdie

14: Eagle

15: Eagle

16: Birdie

A couple of pars rounded things off for the world number 117, who has carded one of the best rounds of the day.

Graham DeLaet
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Lowry (-4 after 18)

Shane Lowry's wedge can be a magic wand at times, now he's trying to pull out another trick shot on the last.

The Irishman stabs at a short chip on the 18th green, using his short iron almost as a putter from the tufty fringe.

Ball leaps off grass for a millisecond before rolling towards the hole. Close, but not close enough. Lowry knocks in the par putt for a three-over 74 which leaves him four over for the tournament.

Final group at the 15th

-9 Kisner; -6 Matsuyama; -3 Day

"All day long" bellows a refreshed spectator. "Ah, finally" is Day's rather more accurate assessment of finding the centre of the fairway for the first time since the fifth. Bizarrely it's first time all three players in the final group have found the fairway at the same hole.

All three are over 300 yards, Day with his longest drive of the Championship at 341, 38 yards in front of Kisner. But who's in the lead?

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Fowler (-5 after 15)

Rickie Fowler is a popular player among the Quail Hollow galleries. The American drills in another par putt on the par-five 15th to stay in the mixer.

After 14 holes

-9 Kisner; -6 Matsuyama; -3 Day

No mistake from Kisner, another assured birdie. That's a fair old up and down from the edge of the lake from Day, a birdie for the Australian, only his second of the day, and he is back to three under.