KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – The PGA Championship’s third round wasn’t completed Saturday because of a lengthy weather delay, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of action. Here’s 5 Things you need to know from the third day of action at Kiawah Island:
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1. WHERE WE STAND: Play was suspended for the day at 4:50 p.m. because of inclement weather. Rory McIlroy and Vijay Singh will start Sunday as co-leaders at 6 under. McIlroy has nine holes remaining in his third round, while Singh has 11.
McIlroy made five birdies, and overcame one odd situation, in his first eight holes Sunday to take the lead. He bogeyed No. 9, his last hole of the day. McIlroy saved par on the drivable third hole after his tee shot became lodged in the limb of a tree in the middle of the fairway.
“It was a great start, the start that I was looking to get off to,” McIlroy said.
Adam Scott, seeking redemption from his Open Championship collapse, matched McIlroy’s 32 and is in third, one shot off the lead.
Singh and Woods were in the third round’s final group after starting the day tied for the lead with Carl Pettersson. Woods was 3 over par on his first seven holes and is T-11 at 1 under, five shots back. Pettersson played the first eight holes even par and is two shots off the lead.
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2. LET’S GET IT STARTED: The third round will resume at 7:45 a.m. The final group of Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh will begin play on No. 8 when play begins Sunday; Woods is facing an 8-foot par putt to start his day.
The final round is scheduled to begin at 11:44 a.m., with the final group scheduled to tee off at 1:45 p.m. Players will be grouped in threesomes for the final round, and begin play on both No. 1 and No. 10.
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3. IN THE HOUSE: Saturday’s conditions were much calmer than the previous day’s. Forty-six players completed their rounds Saturday, shooting an average score of 72.6. That’s 5.5 strokes lower than Friday’s 78.1 average, the highest in PGA Championship history.
Bo Van Pelt is the leader among players who’ve completed 54. He shot 67 to finish at 3-under 213. Steve Stricker (2-under 214) and Jimmy Walker (215) also shot 67. David Lynn and Padraig Harrington also have completed 54 holes and are tied with Walker at 215.
Stricker, currently 10th in the Ryder Cup standings, and Van Pelt, who’s ranked 15th, are both trying to earn Ryder Cup spots. The top eight on the points list at week’s end earn roster spots. Phil Mickelson currently holds the eighth spot in the Ryder Cup standings; he’s T-21 at 1 over par after 11 holes in his third round.
Stricker needs to earn $300,001 more than Mickelson to pass him on the Ryder Cup points list. Van Pelt needs to earn $305,001 more than Stricker, and $605,501 more than Mickelson, to make the team. Van Pelt will have to finish second Sunday, and get help from Stricker, to make the team.
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4. WEEKEND STRUGGLES CONTINUE: Tiger Woods’ weekend struggles at major championships continued Saturday. Like at the U.S. Open, Woods started the third round as a co-leader, only to struggle out of the gates.
Woods made bogeys on three of his first seven holes Saturday, and will face an 8-foot par putt on No. 8 when play resumes. He made bogeys after hitting approach shots left of the green on Nos. 4 and 5, then made 6 on the par-5 seventh hole after twice finding sandy areas.
Woods shot 75-73 on the weekend at the U.S. Open to finish 21st. He was in contention at the Open Championship after consecutive 67s, but weekend rounds of 70-73, including a triple-bogey on the front nine of the final round, left him four shots behind Ernie Els.
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5. SCOTT SURGES: Few players were hotter than Adam Scott when play was called. He’d made birdie on four of his final five holes Saturday, including a 40-footer on the ninth hole to shoot 32. He’ll begin Sunday on No. 10.
Scott lost the Open Championship with bogeys on his final four holes. He returned to competitive golf at last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, finishing 45th in the 75-man field. He shot 68-75 over the first two rounds at Kiawah Island.
“I’ve got one out of the system after The Open, and certainly great to have another crack at a major so soon after,” Scott said in his pre-tournament press conference. “That great play wasn’t that long ago. So it won’t be that hard for me to find again I think.”