Day 3 at the PGA Championship wasn’t full of surprises like Adam Scott nailing a sprinkler head or Ian Poulter chipping off a green (such were the foibles on Day 2). What we got was an absolute war atop the leaderboard on the back nine.
Bernd Wiesberger (who?) knocked an approach to three inches to take the lead at 11 under par. Then Rory McIlroy, two holes behind, drained a 20-footer to go to 11-under. The Valhalla gallery somehow out-howled the Sunday from 14 years ago when Bob May and Tiger Woods dueled.
The course begged for low numbers, and that’s what happened. These players took aim at these pins in a hunt for the reddest August this side of October. There are 11 golfers within five shots of McIlroy.
Everyone found trouble at some point or another. Whether it was Jason Day rolling up his knickers, taking off his shoes and wading across a creek on Hole 2, or Rory McIlroy blasting his drive on Hole 4 in the water and then getting up and down for an all-world par.
Scrambling was the word, and that may be the biggest takeaway from the penultimate day of the 96th PGA Championship. Read on to see a few more takeaways from Day 3 at Valhalla.