Round 3 of the PGA Championship is underway from Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky, and golf enthusiasts continue to wait with bated breath to find out if world No. 1 Rory McIlroy will continue his incredible surge.
Although, before McIlroy takes to the course on Saturday afternoon, the morning's wave of golfers will first get a chance to tame this treacherous golf course. While the early tee times are comprised of players who barely made the cut, some have already begun to make up plenty of ground.
Here's a look at the tournament's current leaderboard:
Of course, McIlroy still sits atop the standings at nine under par, but Justin Rose is in the midst of a brilliant round and is increasing his position at a torrid pace.
Rose began his day with a blemish-free front nine, recording birdies at the first, third, fourth and seventh holes on his way to a four-under 31 at the turn. Another birdie on the par-four 13th moved him to five under for the tournament.
Grant Boone of CBS Sports noted Rose's major climb up the leaderboard:
This is a huge surge for the world's No. 5 player after shooting even par through two rounds.
Rose wasn't the only player to benefit early from the soft conditions at Valhalla. Brooks Koepka had a roller-coaster front nine, recording two bogeys and five birdies on his way to a three-under 32.
Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post was keeping track of Koepka's status on moving day:
Also making a move up the leaderboard is Wellington and Cardinal Newman product Brooks Koepka, 3-under thru 9 and T-18 at 3-under overall.— Brian Biggane (@bbiggane) August 9, 2014
Other players making a bit of a push are Hunter Mahan, Jerry Kelly, Kenny Perry, Ryan Moore and Jonas Blixt—each moving to three under for the tournament early in their rounds.
Sergio Garcia had plenty of ground to make up on Saturday, starting the day at even par for the tournament, but he's off to a nice start, recording two birdies through his first seven holes to move into the red at two under.
The PGA Tour's Twitter account is keeping up with Garcia's attempt at a steep climb to the top:
Pre-week favorite (other than Rory) Sergio Garcia barely made the cut, but he's already back to -2 today. Scores: http://t.co/CQECh9e8H7— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 9, 2014
Valhalla's back nine is difficult for even the most polished professionals to navigate, but the favorable scoring conditions could continue to lead to some low numbers on Saturday afternoon.
If Rose and Co. can continue moving up the leaderboard, the wave of afternoon players will feel some additional pressure, which could lead to a very tight grouping atop the standings heading into Sunday's final round.
Based on the dramatic finishes we've seen from recent tournaments, we can certainly expect more of the same from a talented field in the year's final major.