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The 2013 PGA Championship has not shaped up as a showcase for the biggest names in the sport. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose aren’t going to be factors on the final day of play.
Instead, the top of the leaderboard is filled with good players who may not ring a bell with the casual fan. Here’s a look at the real-time leaderboard.
Don’t let Tiger, Phil and Rose’s absence from contention turn you off. The final day of the year’s last major figures to be exciting. Jim Furyk’s chase for the second major championship in his career is a compelling story, as is Henrik Stenson’s quest to shake his recent runner-up status.
Stenson has finished second at the Open Championship as well as the Bridgestone Invitational last week. He sits two shots back and is looking to get over the hump in capturing his first major.
Here’s a look at the biggest names and sleepers who still have a chance to win.
After a tough season, McIlroy came through with a three-under 67 on Saturday to move to three-under for the tournament. This excellent chip-in on the 18th hole closed out a strong day and established momentum heading into Sunday.
He’s six strokes back, but we all know he’s capable of a final-round 65 to put some pressure on Furyk and Jason Dufner.
Scott is the only player who has won a major this year and is still in the hunt. He’s four shots back after a two-over 72 on Saturday. A deficit of four shots isn't insurmountable to overcome.
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Furyk is 43 years old, so fatigue could play a role on Sunday. Dufner was exceptional on Friday, but he showed some decline on Saturday.
If the leaders buckle, Scott has a good shot to win his second major of the year.
Johnson quietly shot the best round of the day on Friday. His five-under 65 put him two-under for the tournament. It would take another stellar day and some give from the leaders to make a serious run, but Johnson’s game is trending upward.
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He’s gotten better every round, and if he can get to five or six-under for the tournament, he’ll make it interesting.
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