2014 PGA Championship

PGA Championship 2014 Tee Times: Pairings and Predictions for Saturday

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves to the gallery on the fifth hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Steven CookContributor IIIAugust 9, 2014

A jam-packed list of golfers near Rory McIlroy's lead means that the final two days of the 2014 PGA Championship should be some of the year's best golf.

Only two rounds of the final major of the year remain, and dozens of notable names are well within contention to get into the final pairing on Sunday. Moving day often brings serious change across the leaderboard, and Saturday figures to be no different.

Tiger Woods is heading home after missing the cut, but he's one of just a few stars who failed to make the cut at Valhalla Golf Club. Other than that, most of the top names are sticking around for the weekend.

Here's a look at Saturday's tee times, pairings and a few predictions. 

Round 3 Tee Times: 2014 PGA Championship
Time (ET)GolferGolfer
8:30 a.m.Brendon ToddGraeme McDowell
8:40 a.m.Chris StroudHideki Matsuyama
8:50 a.m.Shawn StefaniBranden Grace
9 a.m.Marc WarrenPat Perez
9:10 a.m.Justin RoseMarc Leishman
9:20 a.m.Colin MontgomerieBrooks Koepka
9:30 a.m.Jason BohnKoumei Oda
9:40 a.m.Zach JohnsonDaniel Summerhays
9:50 a.m.Luke DonaldFrancesco Molinari
10 a.m.Bubba WatsonThorbjorn Olesen
10:10 a.m.Shane LowrySergio Garcia
10:20 a.m.Kevin StadlerBrendan Steele
10:30 a.m.Ian PoulterBrandt Snedeker
10:50 a.m.Patrick ReedFreddie Jacobson
11 a.m.Hunter MahanJerry Kelly
11:10 a.m.Kenny PerryRyan Moore
11:20 a.m.Danny WillettGonzalo Fdez-Castano
11:30 a.m.Jonas BlixtFabrizio Zanotti
11:40 a.m.Rafael Cabrera-BelloScott Brown
11:50 a.m.Brian HarmanCharl Schwartzel
NoonAdam ScottJimmy Walker
12:20 p.m.Ernie ElsBrendon de Jonge
12:30 p.m.Geoff OgilvyRobert Karlsson
12:40 p.m.Cameron TringaleJ.B. Holmes
12:50 p.m.Edoardo MolinariAlexander Levy
1 p.m.Kevin ChappellJamie Donaldson
1:10 p.m.Chris WoodBilly Horschel
1:20 p.m.Matt JonesRichard Sterne
1:30 p.m.Bill HaasVijay Singh
1:50 p.m.Louis OosthuizenNick Watney
2 p.m.Victor DubuissonLee Westwood
2:10 p.m.Henrik StensonJoost Luiten
2:20 p.m.Graham DeLaetSteve Stricker
2:30 p.m.Phil MickelsonBernd Wiesberger
2:40 p.m.Rickie FowlerMikko Ilonen
2:50 p.m.Jim FurykRyan Palmer
3 p.m.Rory McIlroyJason Day
PGATour.com

Note: Tee times courtesy of PGATour.com

 

Saturday Predictions

Rory McIlroy Holds On Firmly to Lead

David J. Phillip/Associated Press

Before 2014, consistency was one thing that Rory McIlroy's game significantly lacked. His form fluctuated from unstoppable to invisible, and any mid-60s round meant one pushing the 80s wasn't far away.

With this year's final major drawing to a close, the thought of McIlroy being that inconsistent is quite laughable now that he's tearing into his third straight tournament and second major in three weeks.

McIlroy followed his opening-round 66 up with a 67 on Friday, continuing to rattle off birdies with impressive pace and further proving that he's taking over the sport.

Here's him hitting an eagle on No. 18 to take the outright lead entering Saturday:

At his current pace, as shown by The Advocate Messenger's Larry Vaught, McIlroy is on the verge of smashing every record in the book:

McIlroy's second major of the year will come much harder than the first, when he held a massive lead at the British Open. He only boasts a one-stroke lead with dozens of the world's best golfers well within reach.

But at this point, he's so dialed in and confident that an average round for him on Saturday should—at the least—keep him with a share of the lead. 

And one thing is certain: McIlroy isn't playing anywhere near average at the moment.

 

Rickie Fowler Set for Sunday Final Pairing

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Rickie Fowler of the United States hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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It's only fitting that Rickie Fowler will be the guy teeing off with McIlroy in the final pairing Sunday.

Unconventional in his style but skilled on the course, Fowler has really come on this year, with top-five finishes in each of the first three majors. That's right—top-five finishes in the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open, back to back to back.

He's unsurprisingly in position to finish high again after following up his opening round of 69 with a 66 on Friday to enter the weekend in a tie for fourth—just two shots off McIlroy's lead. 

USA Today's Steve DiMeglio said what anyone who watched the year's first three majors was thinking:

At this point in the season, it's about who is playing with confidence and consistency. Fowler may not be able to match McIlroy's skill, but he's not lacking in belief.

Playing the best golf of his career, there is no putt Fowler doesn't think he can hit and no fairway he can't lay one right down the middle of. Unlike most of the field, his score improved big time on Day 2 despite the poor conditions, and that bodes well as moving day looms.

 

Up-and-Down Phil Mickelson Will Stay Close

John Locher/Associated Press

Those iconic Phil Mickelson smiles that he only shows off when making furious rallies made a rare appearance on Friday at Valhalla.

After an opening round of 69 to start under par, Mickelson struggled out of the gates Friday only to mount one of the dazzling rounds of the day. He bogeyed before birdieing, but four total birdies along with an eagle on the 18th put him just three shots shy of McIlroy's lead.

Rick Reilly was impressed with Mickelson's comeback:

The leaderboard is loaded with talent at the top, with names like Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Jim Furyk, Lee Westwood and many more threatening McIlroy's lead. But none have the experience in tense moments that Mickelson boasts. 

2014 hasn't been a year to remember for Mickelson, but he always tends to bring out his best when nobody expects it. That was the case in last year's British Open, and he could be in for a repeat performance with two more big rounds.

It's becoming harder and harder to expect consistency from Mickelson, but two strong rounds so far at Valhalla should allow him to post another strong round on Saturday. 

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