BMW Championship 2012: Day 3 Leaderboard Updates, Highlights and More

Mike Shiekman@TheRealShiekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2012

CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 08:  Phil Mickelson gestures a thumbs up as he walks up the fairway on the 18th green during the third round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 8, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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While all the talk had centered around Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy at the 2012 BMW Championship, Phil Mickelson made sure his name would be heard before Moving Day’s end.

Lefty surged into contention with 10 birdies on the day, including one on the 18th to cap a stellar round. He finished with an a 64 to take a share of the lead and a spot in the final group.

Singh has been able to ward off a herd of opposing golfers to finish tied up with Mickelson; his putter was on point for most of the day despite big misses to hold the sole hard on the 16th and 18th. The Big Fijiian will join Lefty in the final group at Crooked Nest.

McIlroy and Woods still hover within striking distance of the lead, finishing both two-under and one-under, respectively.

Woods tweaked his knee early in his round which caused concern early, but he battled through the back nine to be three strokes back.

Other notable names among the leaders include Adam Scott, who finished with a 66 to vault himself into third place. Dustin Johnson also joins Scott at -14 and only three strokes out of the lead.


Here’s how the leaderboard looks as Saturday’s action draws to a close:

Position

   Player

Score

 Thru

Today

 

T1

Vijay Singh

-16

F

  -4

 

T1

Phil Mickelson

-16

F

  -8

 

3

Lee Westwood

-15

F

  -4

 

T4

Robert Garrigus

-14

F

  -6

 

T4

Dustin Johnson

-14

F

  -5

 

T4

Adam Scott 

-14

F

  -6

 

T4

Rory McIlroy 

-14

F

  -2

 

8

Tiger Woods

-13

F

  -1

 

T9

Zach Johnson

-12

F

  -4

 

T9

Graeme McDowell

-12

F

  -3

 

T9

Bo Van Pelt

-12

F

  -1

 

T9

Ryan Moore

-12

F

   E

 

The full leaderboard is available via ESPN.com. 

 

Highlights

Watch Mickelson score one of his many birdies with an impressive up-and-down on the eighth hole.

 

Singh felt the heat leading the BMW Championship all day, but was able to hold serve until falling into a tie with Mickelson. Let's focus on the encouraging parts of Singh's day with his birdie on No. 10

Reaction 

Mickelson threw his hat into the ring during Moving Day, but his KPMG Twitter account thinks the hat is exactly what led him to a masterful third-round score.

 

Epic round for Mickelson! Shoots 64 today, ties his personal @pgatour best10 birdies, finishes in 2nd at -16. #PhilsBlueHat RT Phil fans!

— KPMG Mickelson (@MickelsonHat) September 8, 2012

Norm MacDonald has been a must-follow for golf fans during this tournament. He provides a flurry of play-by-play tweets throughout the day to keep those golf fans informed while they take their kids for ice cream.

The comedian can also make a broad golf observation with the best of them.

 

The leaderboard is rich with the familiar today.

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) September 8, 2012

 

Final-round action will be a rat race for the BMW Championship. The PGA Tour won’t let their followers miss out:

Tee times for tomorrow's final round will be from 8:10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. off No. 1. #FedexCup

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 8, 2012