Marc Leishman remains in the hunt for a top-30 finish with one round to play at PGA Championship

STRONG ROUND: Marc Leishman is in the hunt for a top 30 finish at the PGA Championship after a solid third round. Picture: AP/Peter Morrison
STRONG ROUND: Marc Leishman is in the hunt for a top 30 finish at the PGA Championship after a solid third round. Picture: AP/Peter Morrison

MARC Leishman’s hopes of PGA Championship glory are all but dashed, but the Warrnambool golfer remains in the hunt for a top-30 finish with one round to play.

The 33-year-old shot a score of 71 in round three to move up 13 places on the leaderboard.

Leishman’s score meant he remained at four-over, but he fared better than fellow Australian and world number 17 Adam Scott, who fell further back of the lead with a 74 to sink to eight-over for the championship.

Leishman’s best effort of the third round came in the form of an eagle on the 10th hole at Quail Hollow Club course in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

He managed two birdies – on the 14th and third holes – but couldn’t avoid bogeys on the first, sixth, 12th and 13th holes.

United States-based Leishman is still well behind best-placed Australian Jason Day, who is tied for 16th after three rounds.

His score of 71 matched his second round score, in which Leishman shot four birdies and four bogeys.

It still bettered his first round effort, however, in which he could manage just one birdie and five bogeys en route to a score of 73.

It comes after a strong spate of form for Leishman, who finished tied for sixth at the British Open and fifth at the Quicken Loans National in July. Leishman has managed four top-30 finishes from his last eight tournaments. American Kevin Kisner is currently leading the tournament at seven-under, while Chris Stroud and Japanese national Hideki Matsuyama trail.