Once again, this is Rory McIlroy's tournament to lose.
McIlroy is nine-under and atop the leaderboard after two days of golf at the 2014 PGA Championship. He's not running away with the tournament like he did at the Open Championship in July, but his play has drawn superlatives from those in attendance.
The 25-year-old's clutch eagle on the 18th hole Friday has made all the difference for him in the standings, although that hole is just one example of his excellent display. Not even the slick grass and heavy rain could derail his excellent first half of the tournament.
He holds a one-stroke lead over Jason Day and the ultra-calm Jim Furyk, while major-tournament extraordinaire Rickie Fowler lurks at seven-under heading into the weekend.
The big names are crowded at the leaderboard's summit, which should make for some highly entertaining golf over the weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.
Here is the coverage info and tee times for Day 3.
|August 9||11 a.m. - 2 p.m.||TNT|
|2 p.m. - 7 p.m.||CBS|
Note: A live stream of the 2014 PGA Championship can be found at PGA.com.
|8:30 a.m.||Brendon Todd||Graeme McDowell|
|8:40 a.m.||Chris Stroud||Hideki Matsuyama|
|8:50 a.m.||Shawn Stefani||Branden Grace|
|9 a.m.||Marc Warren||Pat Perez|
|9:10 a.m.||Justin Rose||Marc Leishman|
|9:20 a.m.||Colin Montgomerie||Brooks Koepka|
|9:30 a.m.||Jason Bohn||Koumei Oda|
|9:40 a.m.||Zach Johnson||Daniel Summerhays|
|9:50 a.m.||Luke Donald||Francesco Molinari|
|10 a.m.||Bubba Watson||Thorbjorn Olesen|
|10:10 a.m.||Shane Lowry||Sergio Garcia|
|10:20 a.m.||Kevin Stadler||Brendan Steele|
|10:30 a.m.||Ian Poulter||Brandt Snedeker|
|10:50 a.m.||Patrick Reed||Freddie Jacobson|
|11 a.m.||Hunter Mahan||Jerry Kelly|
|11:10 a.m.||Kenny Perry||Ryan Moore|
|11:20 a.m.||Danny Willett||Gonzalo Fdez-Castano|
|11:30 a.m.||Jonas Blixt||Fabrizio Zanotti|
|11:40 a.m.||Rafael Cabrera-Bello||Scott Brown|
|11:50 a.m.||Brian Harman||Charl Schwartzel|
|Noon||Adam Scott||Jimmy Walker|
|12:20 p.m.||Ernie Els||Brendon de Jonge|
|12:30 p.m.||Geoff Ogilvy||Robert Karlsson|
|12:40 p.m.||Cameron Tringale||J.B. Holmes|
|12:50 p.m.||Edoardo Molinari||Alexander Levy|
|1 p.m.||Kevin Chappell||Jamie Donaldson|
|1:10 p.m.||Chris Wood||Billy Horschel|
|1:20 p.m.||Matt Jones||Richard Sterne|
|1:30 p.m.||Bill Haas||Vijay Singh|
|1:50 p.m.||Louis Oosthuizen||Nick Watney|
|2 p.m.||Victor Dubuisson||Lee Westwood|
|2:10 p.m.||Henrik Stenson||Joost Luiten|
|2:20 p.m.||Graham DeLaet||Steve Stricker|
|2:30 p.m.||Phil Mickelson||Bernd Wiesberger|
|2:40 p.m.||Rickie Fowler||Mikko Ilonen|
|2:50 p.m.||Jim Furyk||Ryan Palmer|
|3 p.m.||Rory McIlroy||Jason Day|
The Rory McIlroy Show
McIlroy already has three majors at the ripe, young age of 25, but capturing the PGA Championship this weekend would really help him turn the corner and reach a level of stardom that extends beyond the golfing world.
His dominance at the Open Championship this year—in which he shot back-to-back rounds of 66 and finished at 17-under—firmly established him as the game's top young talent, while a win at the prestigious WGC-Bridgestone Invitational kept the momentum going heading into this tournament.
USA Today's Steve DiMeglio gave high praise to McIlroy's performance at Valhalla Golf Club:
With effortless power he can launch missiles with his driver 350 yards – on a string. His iron play is spot on. His short game, whether with a wedge around the green or a putter on it, is notable. His confidence is as sky high as he hits 3-irons. His controlled aggression off the tee and into the green can be overpowering.
The numbers can back up DiMeglio's lofty praise. McIlroy is averaging 312.5 yards on his driving distance and averages 1.798 strokes gained from putting, per PGATour.com.
He's managed to finish his round strong for the second day in a row, notching two birdies and the aforementioned eagle over his last six holes on Friday.
GolfChannel.com's Jason Sobel noted McIlroy's intense concentration out on the course:
Walking the course with the McIlroy group. So dialed in right now that he's getting mildly frustrated at the slightest miss.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) August 8, 2014
It's also quite a testament to McIlroy's play that even he thinks that his golf isn't necessarily what it needs to be at this point in the tournament. Via DiMeglio, he said:
My patience, of course it was tested because I didn't play quite as well as I did (Thursday). I had to get up-and-down a few times. Missed a few greens. It just wasn't as stress-free as it was yesterday.
He clearly isn't allowing the stress to affect his game in 2014. ESPN Stats & Info noted just how dominant he's been as of late:
Rory McIlroy has 5 rounds of 68 or better in his last 6 rounds at a major. In those 6 rounds, he is a combined 26-under par— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 8, 2014
Look for McIlroy to continue his dominance on Day 3 of this tournament, but don't be surprised if Furyk keeps pace with him heading into Sunday.
Phil Mickelson also sits just three strokes back of McIlroy and has been through enough majors that confidence and composure shouldn't be an issue for him over the weekend.
Fowler has also been strong in this tournament, although he had a very uneven front nine on Friday, mixing in three bogeys with five birdies. He is perhaps the biggest threat to McIlroy's dominance if he can cut the mistakes out of his game.