Round 3—also known as moving day—of the 2014 PGA Championship is well underway, and the top of the leaderboard is already starting to get crowded. The conditions at Valhalla are soft and pristine Saturday, and many golfers with early tee times took full advantage.
While the tournament's leaders, including world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, have yet to tee off, they have already seen members of the field creep up the rankings after posting some low numbers.
Here's a look at the current leaderboard:
Saturday morning's biggest movers were Marc Warren and Brooks Koepka. Both recorded two consecutive rounds of even-par 71 before shooting a five-under 66 in Round 3. That was good enough to earn them a place in the tournament's top 10 upon the completion of their rounds.
Koepka's roller-coaster round included an impressive nine birdies, but he accompanied them with four bogeys, including taking a six at the par-five 18th to finish his round.
Ian Baker-Finch had some high praise for Koepka, according to a tweet from Turner Sports PR:
Warren had a steady day, but he finished incredibly strong, recording four birdies over his final five holes to swiftly climb the leaderboard.
Dave Tindall of SkySports.com noted Warren's recent prowess at the PGA Championship:
Scotland's Marc Warren was T12th in this event last year. Now T10th after posting a 66.— Dave Tindall (@DaveTindallgolf) August 9, 2014
Another player in the midst of making a big move is the recently successful Sergio Garcia. Since the British Open, Garcia has found himself in constant contention, and after a sluggish start at Valhalla, he's making his way up the standings once more.
After two birdies during a blemish-free front nine, Garcia made up three more strokes over the first five holes of his back nine to get to five under on the day. After his round on Friday, Garcia tweeted his hopes for a nice weekend:
After a very wet difficult day, is good to be back in the room relaxed and looking forward to a good weekend! Let's hope for good weather!— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) August 8, 2014
So far, so good for the Spaniard.
Former world No. 1 Adam Scott has also begun to make a move Saturday. The Aussie started very strong, with three birdies over his first five holes. Kyle Porter of CBS Sports quickly put Scott's start into perspective for the event's onlookers:
Adam Scott is about to go 3 under thru 5. Ladies rejoice. Men, too.— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) August 9, 2014
With all of these low scores quickly accumulating Saturday, rest assured that the tournament's leaders are already feeling the pressure, despite having yet to set foot on the course.
McIlroy may still hold the lead, but he's aiming for a low number as well, according to a tweet from Tindall:
Rory: "It's very gettable out there so I'm just going to have to keep my foot down and try and make as many birdies as possible."— Dave Tindall (@DaveTindallgolf) August 9, 2014
We've seen some great finishes lately—both the British Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational had a great deal of drama—and due to the strong field and perfect conditions at Valhalla, we can expect more of the same from the PGA Championship.
Will McIlroy and Co. continue the scoring frenzy Saturday afternoon? Stay tuned.