Severe weather is threatening to cast a pall over the 2012 BMW Championship. With rain in the forecast at the Crooked Stick golf club, golfers and fans alike will have to pray the course is playable over the weekend.
If things hold up, however, we could have a good one on our hands in Carmel, Indiana. Vijay Singh shot a six-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend. Hot on his tail, however, are World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and of course, Tiger Woods.
As of now, things are still a go for today, although they have been time-shifted. The first threesomes of the weekend are now expected to tee off around 11 a.m. EST––nearly three hours after they were originally expected to.
Let's take a look at three pairings you need to watch this afternoon/evening:
1:01 PM: Vijay Singh (-13), Rory McIlroy (-12), Ryan Moore (-12)
How NBC and The Golf Network didn't gerrymander Tiger Woods into this group is beyond me. But alas, Ryan Moore will be the co-second-placeman joining McIlroy and Singh in the premier pairing.
Singh roared to a second round 66 on Saturday, eking out a one stroke buffer for the weekend. That lead might be scant, however, given the recent form Rory McIlroy has exhibited.
Ryan Moore—whose resume is about as nondescript as his name—gets to play spoiler in the field. He's been consistent, shooting 66s in both rounds, and one would think that if he keeps it up (that is, finishes around 24-under) he'd have a good shot of stealing this championship.
12:50 PM: Tiger Woods (-12), Lee Westwood (-11), Bo Van Pelt (-11)
Tiger finds himself in a familiar position: Within striking distance going into the weekend. Unfortunately, failing to capitalize on that position has, in and of itself, become a familiar position for the former champ.
Chasing two of his longtime nemeses, Tiger will have to bring his all to take him the trophy. Lee Westwood, meanwhile, is only two shots off the lead, providing even more competition at the top of this leaderboard.
Bo Van Pelt is no slouch, either, but he's in more of the Ryan Moore camp––an outlier among a top-heavy leaderboard featuring four of our generations top golfers. If he buckles down and pulls out the win, however, that would make his achievement all the more impressive.
11:44 AM: Rickie Fowler (-7), Justin Rose (-7), Louis Oosthuizen (-7)
Although all thee members are six shots off the lead, this is still a feisty pairing, gravid with proven golf superstars.
Rose and Oosthuizen rank ninth and 11th in the world, respectively, and are both in the middle of impeccable years. Rose has finished top-10 in two majors—including a third-place tie at the PGA Championship—and also edged out Bubba Watson for the WGC Cadillac Championship in March. Oosthuizen has flown far less under the radar, dominating The Masters before ultimately frittering away the title.
Fowler hasn't seen the results he's wanted this year, but he's always an agent of chaos on the course. He shot a 67 in the first round, so he's certainly capable of getting himself back into position with a nice day on Saturday.
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