The 2014 PGA Championship leaderboard remains cluttered heading into the final day of action at Valhalla Golf Club. On the top stands Rory McIlroy, who can continue his recent stretch of dominance by capturing his second consecutive major title.
A man possessed lately, the 25-year-old has sizzled in Louisville following his victory at the Open Championship last month. In search of his fourth career major, McIlroy must combat a burgeoning crowd of golfers in Bernd Wiesberger, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Phil Mickelson.
While Day remains close after churning out a 65 during Round 2, Wiesberger soared up the standings by earning the same score on Saturday. A relative unknown among this stellar field, the Austrian can shock the world by upsetting McIlroy and Co.
Here's a look at the PGA Championship leaderboard, which will be updated throughout the day. Also, be sure to study the schedule before diving into the preview. With the contenders all teeing off later this afternoon, there's still plenty of time to arm yourself with information.
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Can McIlroy Keep Rolling?
With a decaying Tiger Woods a long afterthought as golf's golden child, McIlroy is assuming the mantle in style. The world's top-ranked player would only distance himself further from the pack with another championship.
Playing steady golf over the tournament, he has scored 66, 67 and 67 over the opening three rounds, maintaining a steady, but far from insurmountable lead over the field. While he acknowledged his lack of leg room in first to the Associated Press, via USA Today, he still feels comfortable enough.
"It's not the biggest lead I've ever had," said McIlroy. "But I'm still in control of this golf tournament. It's a great place to be going into tomorrow."
He has finished strong throughout the tournament, earning a combined seven birdies and an eagle during the final five holes. On Saturday, he tallied birdies on holes 15, 16 and 18 to maintain his slight edge, so don't anticipate him cracking under the pressure.
Should he hold on, McIlroy will join Woods and Jack Nicklaus as one of the players to have collected four majors by age 25. Accompanying those two legendary names would place him on a path to stardom.
The Northern Irish sensation has ascended to the top in dominating fashion. The Golf Channel's Justin Ray highlighted how he has smoked the competition throughout his young career.
Rory McIlroy has led after 16 rounds in majors since 2010, most of anyone in that span. Phil Mickelson has led after 15 his entire career.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) August 10, 2014
At 13-under, he is just one stroke ahead of the emerging Wiesberger. Who's Wiesberger? Good question.
The 28-year-old has previously never earned a Top 25 major finish. In fact, he's only made the cut once before, finishing in a tie for 64th place at 13-over during the 2013 Open Championship. So it's safe to say his six-under score on Saturday came from nowhere.
After the underdog occupying second, the usual suspects return. Like McIlroy, Fowler also has the opportunity to earn a place alongside Woods and Nickalus in the history books. To do so, he must sustain his current third-place standing to once again end up in the Top 5, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Rickie Fowler could join this group: Top 5 finish in each Major in a single season: Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus (H/T @EliasSports)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 10, 2014
Of course, he doesn't want to settle for another runner-up conclusion after finishing second at the U.S. Open and Open Championship. Following an uneven opening day in Kentucky, when he mixed five birdies with three bogeys, he has registered a combined 9-under during the following two rounds to stay alive.
One of the more consistent swingers will need a strong showing along with some help from McIlroy to finally capture an elusive major title.
The old geezer in the group, 44-year-old Phil Mickelson is looking to conquer a trio of competitors in their 20s. Look at the age discrepancy between lefty and the three men entering Sunday above him on the leaderboard, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info.
Ages in the final 2 groups at #PGAChampionship: Rory McIlroy: 25 Bernd Wiesberger: 28 Rickie Fowler: 25 Phil Mickelson: 44— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 9, 2014
He appeared down and out until until rattling off four birdies during the final five holes yesterday. At 10-under, Mickelson provided a classic example of how he is capable of catching fire, which may enable him to sneak away with his sixth major championship and second PGA Championship triumph.