Updates from Sunday, Aug. 10
The PGA Championship announced play has resumed:
Rory McIlroy's quest for a second straight major championship had to wait—at least for a bit. Play in Sunday's final round of the 2014 PGA Championship was suspended due to heavy rain at Valhalla Golf Club, in Louisville, Kentucky, the tour's Twitter feed announced:
Play has been suspended at the #PGAChamp due to a non dangerous situation. Heavy rain at Valhalla.— PGA of America (@pgaofamerica) August 10, 2014
Players are staying in place, not leaving the golf course as of yet #PGAChamp— PGA of America (@pgaofamerica) August 10, 2014
Play will resume at 2:40 p.m. #PGAChamp.— PGA of America (@pgaofamerica) August 10, 2014
PGA.com provides video of the downpour:
Ryan Lavner of Golf Channel reveals when the last group will tee off:
Final group at the PGA will tee off at 4:19 p.m. ET. Play fast, boys.— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) August 10, 2014
Ducks on the course were not deterred by the rain whatsoever:
Sergio Garcia tried and failed to avoid the inclement weather:
Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde noted how sloppy the conditions were:
The PGA may have a case of the Mondays this year. Just don't see how this course will be playable soon enough to get a full round in.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) August 10, 2014
Sunday's forecast calls for isolated thunderstorms for much of the afternoon, per Weather.com. Should play be suspended to the point it is too dark for the competitors to continue, the PGA Championship will finish on Monday.
McIlroy, who is scheduled to tee off at 2:55 p.m. ET, currently holds a one-shot lead over Bernd Wiesberger. The world's top-ranked golfer has been alone atop the leaderboard after the second and third rounds, maintaining a consistent one-stroke advantage.
McIlroy heads into the final round looking for his third victory in as many starts. Having previously gone winless on the PGA Tour since September 2012, McIlroy earned a wire-to-wire win at the Open Championship and captured last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. A win would make him the first player since Tiger Woods in 2006 to win in three straight PGA Tour starts, per ESPN Stats & Info.
"I'm loving it," McIlroy told reporters of his hot streak. "We don't practice all these hours and grind on the range and put so much work into it to be teeing off in the middle of the pack Sunday. This is where you want to be."
Wiesberger, an unheralded Austrian who has missed four cuts in five major appearances prior to this week, shot a six-under 65 on Saturday to storm into contention. He's closely followed by high-profile names like Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.
Fowler has finished in the top five of all three majors this season and was the runner-up at the Open Championship and U.S. Open. Mickelson, who last won at the 2013 Open Championship, is looking for his first top-10 finish of 2014.
All of these subplots should place Sunday's final round among the most intriguing of the year. That is, of course, if the weather cooperates.
For now, it looks as though McIlroy will have a little more time to stew on the fact he's on the precipice of history.
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