Sunday’s 2013 PGA Championship finish at Oak Hill Country Club is set to go down to the wire as Jim Furyk narrowly leads the field by just one stroke heading into the fourth and final day.
Jason Dufner struggled on Day 3, opening the gap for Furyk and plenty of others to get back into contention. Here's a look at some highlights from Saturday:
Despite his poor third round, Dufner is just one stroke behind the leader while there are five others within four shots. Defending Championship winner Rory McIlroy is also back in the fold, sitting just six strokes back after shooting a dominant third-round 67.
The Day 4 tee times and pairings are all set as the world’s best prepare to do battle for the 95th Wanamaker Trophy.
Will Furky be able to hold on after shooting three tremendously solid rounds? Or will lightning strike twice for Jason Dufner as he attempts to recapture the magic that helped him shock the world with his record-setting 63 on Friday?
Here are the tee times and some projections as to how things will unfold in Rochester, New York, on the sure-to-be thrilling climax to the season’s fourth and final major.
Sunday Pairings and Tee Times
|Pairing||Tee Time (ET)|
|Gary Woodland||8:25 a.m.|
|Stephen Gallacher, Phil Mickelson||8:35 a.m.|
|Ben Curtis, Ian Poulter||8:45 a.m.|
|Thongchai Jaidee, Hunter Mahan||8:55 a.m.|
|Darren Clarke, Shane Lowry||9:05 a.m.|
|Tommy Gainey, John Merrick||9:15 a.m.|
|Matt Jones, Scott Stallings||9:25 a.m.|
|Tim Clark, Miguel Angel Jimenez||9:35 a.m.|
|Peter Hanson, Matteo Manassero||9:45 a.m.|
|Vijay Singh, Thorbjorn Olesen||9:55 a.m.|
|J.J. Henry, John Senden||10:05 a.m.|
|Harris English, Danny Willett||10:15 a.m.|
|Martin Kaymer, D.A. Points||10:25 a.m.|
|Brooks Koepka, Tiger Woods||10:45 a.m.|
|Paul Casey, Ryan Palmer||10:55 a.m.|
|Ryan Moore, Chris Kirk||11:05 a.m.|
|Keegan Bradley, Hideki Matsuyama||11:15 a.m.|
|Josh Teater, Brendaon de Jonge||11:25 a.m.|
|Ken Duke, David Hearn||11:35 a.m.|
|Sergio Garcia, Brandt Snedeker||11:45 a.m.|
|K.J. Choi, Graeme McDowell||11:55 a.m.|
|Justin Rose, Rafael Cabrera-Bello||12:05 p.m.|
|Michael Thompson, Marcus Fraser||12:15 p.m.|
|Scott Jamieson, Boo Weekley||12:25 p.m.|
|Jason Day, Luke Guthrie||12:35 p.m.|
|Rickie Fowler, Scott Piercy||12:45 p.m.|
|Ryo Ishikawa, Kiradech Aphibarnrat||12:55 p.m.|
|Marc Leishman, Francesco Molinari||1:05 p.m.|
|Robert Garrigus, Matt Kuchar||1:25 p.m.|
|Charley Hoffman, Webb Simpson||1:35 p.m.|
|Bill Haas, David Lynn||1:45 p.m.|
|David Toms, Zach Johnson||1:55 p.m.|
|Roberto Castro, Marc Warren||2:05 p.m.|
|Dustin Johnson, Kevin Streelman||2:15 p.m.|
|Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood||2:25 p.m|
|Steve Stricker, Adam Scott||2:35 p.m|
|Henrik Stenson, Jonas Blixt||2:45 p.m.|
|Jim Furyk, Jason Dufner||2:55 p.m.|
*Pairings courtesy of PGA.com.
Tiger or Lefty Will Make a Move
Sure, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have both played themselves out of contention in New York. It would be hard to imagine both of them laying an egg for a fourth consecutive day, though.
To this point neither of the top golfers have shot under a 70 at Oak Hill. The stage is set, then, for at least one of the two dominant Americans to have an exciting final round.
After all, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen both Tiger and Lefty struggle simultaneously. ESPN Stats & Information provided an interesting statistic about their dual performances:
Jim Furyk Inevitably Collapses
It’s been ten long years since Jim Furyk captured his first and only major championship victory.
And it hasn’t been for a lack of chances for the 43-year-old golfer. Sitting in prime position to capture the 2012 U.S. Open, Furyk collapsed and shanked his tee shot on 16 due to the mounting pressure. He was hitting his driver well that day but he buckled in the final moment.
While it wasn’t a major, Furyk’s epic collapse at Bridgestone last year also rings loudly in our ears as we prepare to see him attempt to outlast the field on Sunday.
Leading by one shot heading into 18 in Akron, Ohio, Furyk shanked his drive but got a lucky bounce. That luck did not extend to the green where he missed a five-foot putt to double bogey the hole. Keegan Bradley did not buckle under the pressure, winning the tournament after Furyk's meltdown.
As Furyk continues to get older you have to wonder whether his urgency to win another major is weighing too heavily on him. Will that burden overcome him on Sunday in New York?
Jason Dufner Bounces Back to Capture Wanamaker Trophy
On Friday Jason Dufner stood back and watched Webb Simpson tie the Oak Hill course record with an impressive second-round 64. He followed that up by breaking the course record with a nearly flawless round of golf, shooting just the 24th major championship 63 in history and 12th at a PGA Championship event.
How good was he? Dufner didn’t bogey a hole and missed a 12-foot birdie putt on 18 to narrowly miss recording a 62 on his scorecard. Had he sunk that putt he would have really made history. He’d also be in a share of the lead heading into Sunday.
Saturday wasn’t as kind to the closest challenger to Furyk heading into Day 4. He had a commanding three-stroke lead heading into the day, but a double bogey on the fifth hole opening things up for the field to climb back into the race. ESPN's Justin Ray put the consequences of Dufner's poor hole into perspective on Twitter:
But one simply doesn’t play at such a historically high level and then completely fall out of contention. Dufner will be there in the end and he’ll be ready to pounce when Furky inevitably goes off the rails.
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