They're still chasing Rory McIlroy at the 2014 PGA Championship.
Lately, you could take that above sentence and apply it to any tournament he's playing in. No matter what ridiculous rounds golfers like Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Bernd Wiesberger put up, nobody can quite keep pace with the Northern Irish star.
His score of 13 under par gives him sole possession of the lead for the second straight evening, and leading the board one more time will result in him winning the third consecutive tournament he's appeared in. But the contenders around him are certainly looking to make it his toughest major victory yet.
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Such was the sentiment from the average American golf fan tuning in Saturday to one of the most exciting days of golf this year. The top of the leaderboard was packed on moving day with big names, but it was Bernd Wiesberger threatening McIlroy's lead more than anyone else.
The 28-year-old is less of an unknown on the European Tour, where he has two career wins. But on the major circuit, it's been a different story, as ESPN Stats & Info noted:
Bernd Wiesberger is tied with Rory McIlroy for the lead at the #PGAChampionship. In 5 previous Majors, Wiesberger made the cut just once.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 9, 2014
Wiesberger may not have much major success prior to this weekend, but it's not showing. After solid rounds of 68 on Thursday and Friday put him in position, he ripped through the course Saturday with a 65 to tie Hunter Mahan for the day's best score.
He was so dialed in late in Saturday's round that he hardly even needed his putter, as The Associated Press' Doug Ferguson figured out:
Three feet, six inches. The total distance of Wiesberger's last three birdie putts.— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) August 9, 2014
On Sunday, Wiesberger will tee off in the final pairing with McIlroy at 2:55 p.m. ET. He'll only be one of many golfers hot on McIlroy's tail, but playing alongside him will make it easier for Wiesberger to keep pace.
He's far from a household name, but Weisberger won't be an afterthought for the top contenders after his splendid round on Saturday.
Rickie Fowler is mastering the art of the top-five major finish, so it should surprise nobody that he's in position for another strong finish in the final major of 2014.
But after all of the near misses and Sundays spent in contention, perhaps it's Fowler's time to break through.
Fowler just kept rolling Saturday with a round of 67 to put him at 11 under par, giving him third place outright entering Sunday. Dialed into his game and ripping the ball brilliantly off the tee, he's playing as good of golf as anyone not named Rory McIlroy—and can even give him a run for his money when it's clicking.
He will pair up with Phil Mickelson in the second-to-last group, and Golf Channel's Jason Sobel captured that Fowler is pleased with that:
Looks like Mickelson-Fowler in penultimate pairing tomorrow. Just like the usual Tuesday money game. Says Fowler: "We'll have a good time."— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) August 9, 2014
The 25-year-old has never really had a problem managing his nerves on major Sundays; it's simply been a matter of just not making enough shots. Playing alongside one of his mentors on the Tour, look for Fowler to furiously chase his first major.
When Rory McIlroy is at his best, nobody can touch him. Even though he's not playing his best golf, he enters Sunday with a chance to win his third straight tournament and second major in three weeks.
Despite some bad shots and struggles Saturday, he posted a round of 67 to hold his one-stroke lead over the field. He did so with a heap of contenders making surges toward the lead.
If the prior three majors of 2014 are any indication, McIlroy is in a good spot per ESPN Stats & Info:
Rory McIlroy has the lead entering the final round of the #PGAChampionship. 2014 Major champs all had at least a share of the 54-hole lead— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 9, 2014
McIlroy ripped through the field at the British Open, and it was more of the same last weekend in his tune-up at the WGC-Bridgestone. Conventional wisdom would suggest that alone would be enough to give him momentum entering the Ryder Cup, but he seems far from done.
Whenever McIlroy decides to cool down, the rest of the major contenders will be glad to see it. But it's becoming more and more in doubt as to if he ever will.