Keep that card
Oliver Schniederjans: He wasn’t the top amateur going into the day, or the top one coming out of it. But the 22-year-old from Georgia Tech put together a round of 5-under 67 that included a 31 on the front nine.
Toss that card
Paul Dunne: The last-group pressure appeared to get to the Irishman, who started bogey-bogey and never recovered. He dropped six shots on the back nine, including a bogey-bogey finish, to close with 78.
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Jason Day: The third-round co-leader shot 2-under 70 in a round that was notable because he never shot a bogey. But he couldn’t make a birdie, either, after back-to-back birdies on 5 and 6. After an incredible up-and-down with his putter on 17, he had a 20-foot birdie putt on 18 to join the playoff … and left it short, settling for his ninth top-10 finish in a major since 2011 and his sixth top-five.
Ivor Robson, the 74-year-old whose distinctive voice has announced golfers’ names as they tee off at every British Open since 1975, clearly got choked up as he announced the final pairing. It turns out that the retiring Robson wasn’t all done with Paul Dunne, though; he resumed his post to start the three-man playoff.
• The silver medal awarded to the top amateur went to Jordan Niebrugge, a golfer from Mequon, Wis., who is a senior-to-be at Oklahoma State. He shot 70 and finished in a four-way tie for sixth with Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Danny Willett. Niebrugge became the first amateur since Chris Woods at Royal Birkdale in 2008 to finish in the top 10, meaning he is automatically qualified for next year’s Open at Royal Troon.
• Adam Scott, who lost a four-shot lead with four holes to play in 2012 at Royal Lytham, held a share of the lead with Johnson and Leishman at 15 under after making birdie on 10 Monday, but he blew up by shooting 5 over on the final five holes, including a missed 2-foot par putt on 15.
• Dustin Johnson, the 36-hole leader still trying to exorcise his own major championship demons, shot 75 for the second day in a row. His 150 was the worst score of the final 36 holes.
Par-4, 452-yard No. 2: Zach Johnson was able to birdie this hole twice Monday, including a 20-foot putt on the second playoff hole to give him the lead for good. Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman made par all five times they played the hole in the tournament.
Quote of the day
“To be honest, I’ve never put four really good rounds together like that.”
— Marc Leishman, happy with his play despite falling short of a victory.
Tweet of the day
“Spieth finishes one shot out of the playoff. Hey R&A, how is that 30 minutes of play Saturday morning looking?”
— @NoLayingUp, a golf fan website, complaining about the play in extremely windy conditions that might have cost Spieth a stroke.
The PGA Championship will be held at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin for the third time, beginning Aug. 13.