Quick hits: McIlroy, Day take on soggy Valhalla

Rory McIlroy from the gallery on No. 4 and his tee ball on No. 10 during Saturday's third round at the PGA Championship.
Rory McIlroy from the gallery on No. 4 and his tee ball on No. 10 during Saturday's third round at the PGA Championship. ( Nick Masuda )

Saturday, August 9, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The attention at the PGA Championship shifted from Tiger Woods and his troubles to Rory McIlroy and the chase for three consecutive titles Saturday afternoon.

We roamed the first 10 holes with McIlroy and his playing competitor, Jason Day, and chronicled their play through Instagram.

McIlroy holds a one-shot lead through 11 holes Saturday, with Rickie Fowler and Ryan Palmer putting pressure on the Ulsterman, who is looking for his second major title of the season.

Here's a quick recap as they head down the home stretch at Valhalla:

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 446 yards

Sweltering heat with tons of humidity as the rains seemed to have left Louisville. Bombed driver for McIlroy, who just holds the green and two-putts for par. Simple par for Day as well.

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Hole No. 2: Par 4, 500 yards

All-world par save for Day here, as he finds the long stuff about 30 yards left of the fairway, lays up and gets up and down with an 11-footer for par. McIlroy two-putts for par.

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 205 yards

Both have birdie chances inside 12 feet, and both miss. Wasted opportunities.

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Hole No. 4, 372 yards

Horrible tee ball from Rory as he tries to reach the green, going out of bounds left. His third shot from the gallery finds the green and he makes a 10-footer for par. Jason Day finds the green off the tee with 3-wood and two-putts for birdie to move to 9 under, tied for the lead.

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 463 yards

Nice birdie here for McIlroy, while Day matches to remain tied at 10 under.

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Hole No. 6: Par 4, 495 yards

First hiccup for Day here, as he sends his iron tee ball over the gallery on the left and fails to recover. McIlroy leaves his birdie putt on the lip.

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Hole No. 7: Par 5, 597 yards

McIlroy and Day both find the left fairway, while McIlroy lands right of the green and Day is in a greenside bunker in two. McIlroy gets up and down for birdie, while Day misses an 8-footer for birdie.

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Hole No. 8: Par 3, 174 yards

McIlroy first hiccup, choosing not to putt from the rough and duffing the chip. He misses a 7-footer for par. Day misses his birdie by about 6 inches.

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Hole No. 9, 415 yards

Their tee balls settle 2 feet apart in the left rough, with Day finding the green on his approach, while McIlroy finds the back rough. A great flop by McIlroy helps him save par, while Day misses a 12-footer for birdie.

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Hole No. 10: Par 5, 590 yards

McIlroy scrambles to the green in three, but makes a 12-footer for birdie to regain the lead at 11 under. Day is greenside in two, getting his chip to 5 feet. He misses the birdie putt.