PGA Championship 2012 Tee Times: Pairings and Predictions for Sunday
Mother Nature has intervened at the 2012 PGA Championship, forcing third-round play to be suspended until Sunday morning.
Steve Stricker (-2) and Bo Van Pelt (-3) were the only players in the top 10 to finish rounds Saturday, with most of the other contenders only playing 7-12 holes.
Due to the inclement weather, the PGA announced that third-round play will continue at 7:45 a.m. ET on Sunday, with tee times for the final round beginning at 11:44 a.m. The PGA also said the players will compete in groups of three during the final round, with the top players teeing off last on Hole 1. You can read the official notice the PGA sent to the players here.
Although the groupings and tee times for the final round won't be known until the third round is complete, the PGA was able to release Sunday's TV schedule.
Updated TV plans: Sunday coverage begin live at 8am ET on TNT until 2pm ET. @cbssports will air live from 2pm - 7pm.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 11, 2012
We also know the pairings for the conclusion of the third round, as they will be the same as what we saw on Saturday. Click here for the complete list, and scroll down to see the most noteworthy third round pairings.
Tee No. 1
11:44 a.m. ET: J.J. Henry, Paul Lawrie, John Senden
11:55 a.m. ET: Blake Adams, Jim Furyk, Louis Oosthuizen
12:06 p.m. ET: Greg Chalmers, Miguel Angel Jimenez, John Daly
12:17 p.m. ET: Jason Dufner, Justin Rose, Bubba Watson
12:28 p.m. ET: Tim Clark, Phil Mickelson, Aaron Baddeley
12:39 p.m. ET: Pat Perez, Bill Haas, Marc Leishman
12:50 p.m. ET: Geoff Ogilvy, Keegan Bradley, Marcel Siem
1:01 p.m. ET: Graeme McDowell, Jamie Donaldson, Ian Poulter
1:12 p.m. ET: Jimmy Walker, David Lynn, Padraig Harrington
1:23 p.m. ET: Peter Hanson, Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods
1:34 p.m. ET: Trevor Immelman, Adam Scott, Steve Stricker
1:45 p.m. ET: Rory McIlroy, Carl Pettersson, Bo Van Pelt
Tee No. 10
11:44 a.m. ET: Ben Curtis, Fredrik Jacobson, Francesco Molinari
11:55 a.m. ET: Joost Luiten, Thorbjorn Olesen, Rich Beem
12:06 p.m. ET: Alex Noren, Ernie Els, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
12:17 p.m. ET: Sang Moon Bae, Darren Clarke, Brendon de Jonge
12:28 p.m. ET: Robert Garrigus, Y.E. Yang, Charl Schwartzel
12:39 p.m. ET: Gary Woodland, K.J. Choi, Zach Johnson
12:50 p.m. ET: David Toms, Dustin Johnson, Matt Every
1:01 p.m. ET: Chez Reavie, Seung-Yul Noh, Thomas Bjorn
1:12 p.m. ET: Ken Duke, Retief Goosen, K.T. Kim
1:23 p.m. ET: Luke Donald, Cameron Tringale, Scott Piercy
1:34 p.m. ET: Martin Laird, Ryo Ishikawa, Toru Taniguchi
1:45 p.m. ET: Marcus Fraser, George McNeill, John Huh
Tiger Woods (-1) and Vijay Singh (-6)
Although they had similar success heading into the weekend, Woods and Singh went in completely opposite directions during Saturday's third round.
Singh surged, birdieing his first and last holes, leaving himself at six-under par for the tournament. He's now tied with Rory McIlroy for the lead, and if the break doesn't mess with his momentum, he will be considered one of the top two or three favorites to win it all.
Meanwhile, Tiger struggled mightily on Saturday, shooting a three-over par through just seven holes. After surviving the first few holes, Woods bogeyed Holes 4, 5 and 7, dropping his overall score to one-under par heading into Sunday.
The weather delay might actually be good for Woods, as he now has a night to clear his mind and put his struggles behind him. I doubt he will be able to come back for the win, but crazier things have happened.
Rory McIlroy (-6) and Jamie Donaldson (-1)
Rory McIlroy has officially busted out of his slump, using a brilliant performance on Saturday to tie Singh atop the leaderboard.
McIlroy caught fire in the third round, sinking five birdies in his first eight holes. He did bogey No. 9, but he's still sitting at four-under for the round heading into Sunday. If he can continue his strong play, the 23-year-old McIlroy will win his second career major.
While McIlroy was excellent, Donaldson was inconsistent, to say the least. He parred his first two holes, then sandwiched three bogeys between two birdies before parring his last two holes. He's currently one-over in the third round and one-under for the tournament.
Carl Pettersson (-4) and Ian Poulter (-2)
Definitely don't count Pettersson out of the hunt, as the unpredictable golfer is capable of heating up at any time.
He proved that in Round 1, sinking six birdies and no bogeys. Unfortunately, he followed it up with a tumultuous Round 2, bogeying five holes to put himself at four-under entering the weekend. That's his current score, as he's even through eight holes in the third round.
Poulter is also a contender, despite currently being four strokes off the lead. Poulter is one-over in the third round, but if he can get back to his form from the first two days, he will have a chance to steal the trophy from Singh and McIlroy.
Check back in to Bleacher Report for all the updated tee times and groupings following the conclusion of the third round.
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