PGA Championship 2013: Day 3 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
Jim Furyk is looking to find major championship glory for the first time in 10 years. After three rounds of play in the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., Furyk has a one-shot lead over Jason Dufner heading into the final round.
He hasn't won a major since 2003 when he took home the U.S. Open title.
This year's PGA Championship hasn't been a showcase of golf's biggest names, but we have been treated to pulse-pounding action this week at Oak Hill.
Here's a real-time look at the leaderboard with a link option to see the full list of scores.
A more comprehensive look at the top 10 is included below.
The major championships haven't been good to Furyk over the past few seasons, but through three rounds, he's in position to grab the year's final major. At 43 years old, the clock is ticking, and another chance at a victory like this might never materialize.
Furyk overcame three bogeys and benefited from some early struggles from Dufner. He only has a slim lead, but his steady play gives him a great chance to win.
After Friday's seven-under 63, you had to expect Dufner to come back to Earth on Saturday. To his credit, he didn't allow some early troubles snowball into a train wreck.
After a double bogey on the fifth hole, Dufner was one under par the rest of the way.
Not everyone is enthused about a final group that features the rather emotionless pairing of Furyk and Dufner. Kyle Porter of CBS Sports jokes:
I'm going to need a 10-hour energy if I have to watch Dufner and Furyk play together in the final group on Sunday.— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) August 10, 2013
The only downfall of having a round like Dufner had on Friday is that if you don't blow the field away, you may be spent. Energy and focus will be Dufner's biggest impediments on Sunday.
If there is a player on tour who is seemingly due for a big win this season it is Stenson. The 37-year-old from Sweden was runner-up at the Open Championship and at the Bridgestone Invitational last week.
After a one-under 69, Stenson couldn't ask to be in a better spot with one round left to play. Back-to-back birdies on the 13th and 14th holes were big, even though some of the momentum was dulled by a bogey on 15.
On Sunday, Stenson could be the most dangerous of all the serious contenders.
Tiger Still Searching for Answers
So much for the talk about this tournament being a head-to-head duel between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to determine Player of the Year honors. Both men ended any thoughts of a miraculous leap into contention with poor third-round showings.
Tiger's major-championship drought will continue as he had his worst day of the tournament with a three-over 73. He's now at four over for the tournament. CBS Sports' Eye on Golf drops a cruel, but accurate Vine to summarize Tiger's performances at all four majors this year.
If you haven't seen Tiger play any of the four majors this year, here is a 6-second synopsis. https://t.co/PjoBeMdtke— Eye on Golf (@EyeOnGolf) August 10, 2013
Mickelson Was Even Worse on Saturday.
Whose performance is most disappointing?
Mickelson completely imploded en route to a disastrous eight-over 78 that has him at plus 10 overall. Only Gary Woodland's 80 was worse on Saturday.
Obviously frustrated after another wayward shot, Lefty decided to negotiate a course barrier Andre the Giant style and it made for a classic tweet and Vine from Eye on Golf.
Welp. https://t.co/5Md8EWxFCR— Eye on Golf (@EyeOnGolf) August 10, 2013
Mickelson has to be the most unintentionally hilarious player on the PGA Tour. I'm sure it wasn't Mickelson's plan to amuse us with this maneuver, nonetheless, he provided the funniest moment of the day.
As sad as it may be, the idea Porter of CBS Sports pitches in this tweet would likely draw a huge audience and networks would battle tooth and nail to carry it.
They should just stick Tiger and Phil on the west course and let them play by themselves. Charge for admission, the whole nine.— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) August 10, 2013
Rory McIlroy made a charge on Saturday. His name wasn't mentioned much leading into the tournament because he hasn't played well in 2013. His three-under 67 has him three under for the tournament and in the thick of things heading into Sunday.
Why is Rory seemingly coming out of nowhere with a strong performance at Oak Hill CC? The Golf Channel's Will Gray has a playful theory:
Maybe Rory was just trolling us really, really well for the last 8 months.— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) August 10, 2013
McIlroy drained this amazing chip in on the 18th hole to head into the clubhouse on a high note.
Jonas Blixt applied pressure to the leaders throughout the day. He did make three birdies en route to a four-under 66, but none of them was as impressive as this epic par-putt from somewhere in Albany.
On the 18th hole, Blixt somehow found the green and landed the ball in a manageable distance from the hole. Eye on Golf is correct, this is insane.
Jonas Blixt hits an insane shot on 18. https://t.co/PeY8xRLdor— Eye on Golf (@EyeOnGolf) August 10, 2013
Jason Dufner was untouchable on Friday. Saturday was a different story, but putts like this one on the seventh hole helped him stay in the mix.
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