McIlroy takes 3-shot lead; Tiger five back
Sunday, August 12, 2012
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- At a tournament where it can take a couple of hours for spectators to get to the grounds, the players have made sure it will be worth the wait with a leaderboard full of stars.
Rory McIlroy will take a three-shot lead over Carl Pettersson into the final round after the final 12 groups finished their weather-delayed rounds early Sunday morning at the PGA Championship.
McIlroy moved to 7 under with a 5-under 67, while Pettersson settled for an even-par 72.
Despite the low scores and benign conditions, McIlroy will stick to his game plan.
"I haven't really played that aggressive so far. I've went for a few pins when I feel like I'm comfortable, but I played away from a few pins on the back nine this morning because the risk is just not worth it," said McIlroy, who will play with Pettersson and Bo Van Pelt at 1:45 p.m. EDT off the first tee.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods missed that much anticipated par putt that he had left when the horn blew on Saturday afternoon, but birdied three holes - including both par 5s - on his back nine to save a 2-over 74 and sit five shots off the pace.
Is Woods back in the thick of things?
"Absolutely, I'm right there. I was at one point six back, and we had a lot of holes to play, so I was very encouraged the way I dug down deep and got this thing turned around and gave myself a chance going into this afternoon," said Woods, who will tee off at 1:23 p.m. with Peter Hanson and Vijay Singh.
Singh had four back-nine bogeys playing with Woods in the third round to fall out of the solo lead at the turn.
"I don't know why, my rhythm went a little quicker or I was a little too excited or conditions were good and just let it slip away," said Singh. "I just made some bad errors.
"I'm in good position. I'm not in great position, but in good position."
Sandwiched in between Woods' group and McIlroy's group will be Adam Scott (3 under), Trevor Immelman (3 under) and Steve Stricker (2 under).
"The 27 (holes) is not a big deal, but I think this afternoon as it comes down to the back nine, especially at this golf course, is going to require everyone's skill to be at their best," said Scott, who faltered with bogeys at both par 5s on the back nine to fire a 2-under 70.
The group of five players at 1 under includes Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, while Keegan Bradley is at even par and Phil Mickelson is at 1 over.