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Alex Miceli
This ball that Rory McIlroy threw into the stands after winning the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.
This ball that Rory McIlroy threw into the stands after winning the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – How easy is it to make $38,000? Just catch the ball that Rory McIlroy used to win the Open Championship.

After tapping in for his third major victory last month at Hoylake, McIlroy turned and chucked the ball into the stands in celebration.

Lee Horner of Leeds, England was the lucky fan to catch the ball and offered it up for auction on Internet site greenjacketauctions.com.

Nike confirmed the custom Nike RZN Black golf ball with “RORS” embossed was authentic and Horner just waited until early Sunday morning before learning that he made just over $38 ...

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Nick Masuda
A golf fan crosses a flooded area near the first hole during the final round of the PGA Championship.
A golf fan crosses a flooded area near the first hole during the final round of the PGA Championship.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – We all know the definition of insanity, right? Doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result.

Players, fans, media and tournament officials alike should have seen the deluge coming from years prior on Sunday at Valhalla.

The course just on the outskirts of Louisville has had a history of taking Mother Nature head on – and losing.

Here is a look at a year-by-year breakdown of the weather woes that Valhalla has endured:

• In 1996, when Mark Brooks outlasted Kenny Perry in a playoff for the PGA Championship title, caddies and players alike melted under ...

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Nick Masuda
The PGA Championship winner takes home the Wanamaker Trophy.
The PGA Championship winner takes home the Wanamaker Trophy.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It's important to impress your buddies with your expansive golf knowledge, so we thought we'd help you with some PGA Championship facts and figures as the final round gets underway.

With Rory McIlroy carrying a one-stroke lead at Valhalla, here's some info that could give us a preview as to what to expect today:

The winner of the PGA Championship has come from the final pairing in 16 of the last 18 years.

Rory McIlroy's eight-shot triumph at Kiawah in 2012 is the largest margin of victory in the PGA Championship.

Only one course ...

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Nick Masuda
Rory McIlroy shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday and sits at 13 under overall, one shot ahead of the field through 54 holes at the PGA Championship.
Rory McIlroy shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday and sits at 13 under overall, one shot ahead of the field through 54 holes at the PGA Championship.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As Rory McIlroy stood over a lengthy birdie putt on the 17th green at a steamy and wet Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday afternoon, he was fully aware of what was on the line.

He had seen the names on the leaderboard:

Fowler, 11 under.

Mickelson, 10 under.

Oosthuizen, 9 under.

Stenson, 9 under.

The hunt was on, McIlroy the prey at 12 under, tied with Austria's Bernd Wiesberger for the lead.

"I was looking a bit at the leaderboard out there today and see where I was and see what I needed to do to try ...

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Alex Miceli
Bernd Wiesberger (left) will compete in the final grouping Sunday with Rory McIlroy, while Mikko Ilonen will be paired with Henrik Stenson at 2:25 p.m.
Bernd Wiesberger (left) will compete in the final grouping Sunday with Rory McIlroy, while Mikko Ilonen will be paired with Henrik Stenson at 2:25 p.m.

When European golf fans wake up Sunday morning, they will see two familiar names near the top of the leaderboard: Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger and Finland’s Mikko Ilonen.

While familiar in Europe, in the U.S. they are as unknown as Uber, the ridesharing service, was just 12 months ago.

In trying to help the assembled media learn more about Austrians in golf, Wiesberger tossed out Markus Brier as someone we might know since he was the first Austrian to win on the European Tour.

Let’s just stick with Wiesberger.

The 28-year-old Austrian was introduced to the game ...

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Jeff Babineau
Phil Mickelson during Saturday's third round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla.
Phil Mickelson during Saturday's third round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ever have that feeling that you’re standing still when time is not, and the rest of the world is flying past you in the left lane? Those were the emotions Phil Mickelson was experiencing as he headed to the 14th tee at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, his hopes of winning the 96th PGA Championship stalling like an old beat-up clunker in a big-city rush hour.

He’d just played an easy stretch starting out on the back in 1 over, making par at the friendly, inviting 10th, making bogey at the par-4 11th, and failing to ...

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Golfweek Staff
Rory McIlroy will be paired with Bernd Wiesberger in the final round of the 2014 PGA Championship Sunday at Valhalla.
Rory McIlroy will be paired with Bernd Wiesberger in the final round of the 2014 PGA Championship Sunday at Valhalla.

One round stands between Rory McIlroy and his fourth major championship victory.

Holding a one-shot lead at 13 under, McIlroy will be paired with second-place Bernd Wiesberger in Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla. The pair will tee off at 2:55 p.m. Eastern.

McIlroy is also looking for his second PGA Championship title, second major triumph of the season and third straight win.

In the penultimate group, Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson will play alongside each other. Both within three shots of the lead, Fowler and Mickelson will begin their rounds at 2:45 ...

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Golfweek Staff
Rory McIlroy during Saturday's third round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla.
Rory McIlroy during Saturday's third round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla.

If the question is, "Who can stop Rory McIlroy?" no clear answer emerged during Saturday's third round of the PGA Championship – but Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson proved they're capable of making it happen.

McIlroy started and ended Saturday with a one-shot lead, yet it was no walk in the park. There were several ties for the lead, as large as a five-way tie at one point, before McIlroy birdied the 18th to move to 13 under and pull away from Bernd Wiesberger. Fowler is third at 11 under, with Mickelson and Jason Day another shot back.

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Alex Miceli
Kenny Perry fired a 2-under 69 on Saturday at the PGA Championship.
Kenny Perry fired a 2-under 69 on Saturday at the PGA Championship.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kenny Perry has one round to go before his farewell tour around Valhalla comes to an end.

For the 53-year-old Perry, its been a grand journey – first making the cut and then recording consecutive 69s on Friday and Saturday to show that the Kentucky native still has the game to compete on the main tour.

Perry is 3 under through three rounds, well back of the top of the leaderboard. But it is definitely more than one could have ever expected for someone over 50 playing a long and wet golf course.

“There's a lot of scoring ...

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Nick Masuda
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.

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:

• • •

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 446 yards

Sweltering ...

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Jeff Babineau
Brooks Koepka hits a shot during the second round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.
Brooks Koepka hits a shot during the second round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. –– It’s not often a player arrives to the first tee at a major and sets a target of shooting 7 or 8 under par. But Valhalla Golf Club, host of the 96th PGA Championship, is playing soft and receptive, and Brooks Koepka is a young man who can move the golf ball a long, long ways.

So going low was the mindset he carried during his third round Saturday.

“You could throw darts at the pin,” he said, “and they weren't spinning back, or they weren't going to bounce forward. If you hit a good ...

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Nick Masuda
Jason Day will play alongside Rory McIlroy on Saturday in the final pairing at the PGA Championship.
Jason Day will play alongside Rory McIlroy on Saturday in the final pairing at the PGA Championship.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – At this point, no one would fault anyone in the PGA Championship of fearing Rory McIlroy a bit right now.

Don't count his playing competitor on Saturday among them.

Jason Day admits he isn't the favorite heading into the final two rounds at Valhalla, and many have written off the Aussie due to a lingering thumb issue and a bout with vertigo last week.

But he's been in this spot before, trying to chase down his first major. He has three second-place finishes in 16 major starts, as well as a third at the 2013 ...

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Jim McCabe
While saying it had nothing to do with the impromptu hole location, Graeme McDowell posted a quadruple bogey on the par-4 13th hole on Saturday.
While saying it had nothing to do with the impromptu hole location, Graeme McDowell posted a quadruple bogey on the par-4 13th hole on Saturday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Graeme McDowell didn’t mind having a little fun with a PGA of America rules official as he walked along the 14th hole at Valhalla Golf Club early in Saturday’s third round.

He called over Mark Wilson and expressed disappointment at the second choice of a hole location at the par-4 13th. Sympathetically, Wilson shook his head and told McDowell, “I know, I saw it.”

“It” being the two shots McDowell hit into the water from about 100 yards. The Northern Irishman’s quadruple-bogey spoiled an otherwise splendid round – it was his only blemish as he shot ...

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Bubba Watson was frustrated by the rainy weather during the second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla.
Bubba Watson was frustrated by the rainy weather during the second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite a couple of expletives that were caught by microphones Friday at the PGA Championship, Bubba Watson was part of the "marquee" live-streaming pairing on the tournament's website Saturday morning.

Winning two Masters titles affords him the popularity – but it's been an odd week for the Florida native, spending time on the backs of his heels, defending odd decisions and behavior. Watson seems to run hot and cold inside the ropes depending on the day – and Friday he not only had been hot, but scalding.

On Friday morning, microphones caught Watson dropping an F-bomb and another ...

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Nick Masuda
Wet weather was expected to continue all day at the PGA Championship on Saturday.
Wet weather was expected to continue all day at the PGA Championship on Saturday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After somehow managing to finish the second round Friday despite early weather problems, officials at the PGA Championship might not be so lucky today at Valhalla.

The course has been pelted by morning showers, creating standing water on the greens. The rain has subsided as of 10:50 a.m. EDT, although the forecast calls for precipitation and thunderstorms throughout the day.

The back-and-forth weather pattern is in the forecast through early next week, so the tournament will be completed under gray skies.

Friday's debate of whether or not lift, clean and place should be in effect ...

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