Sunday, August 11, 2013

PGA Championship: Day 3 Wrap-Up

Several contenders, some of whom are regarded as big-time guys, had terrible rounds today.  Matt Kuchar was 7-under when the day began; he shot a 6-over par 76.  Webb Simpson followed up yesterday's 64 with a disappointing 73.  Robert Garrigus started the day 5-under (and was 8-under at one point on Friday); he shot a 74.  And just to show that I don't always pick on the Americans, I would note that Justin Rose shot a 77 to go from 6-under to 1-over.

Those are the sort of scores I think we may see from Furyk and Dufner tomorrow.  I don't think Furyk can play four good rounds in a row, and Dufner's game is not going to hold together under the pressure of a major on Sunday.  Thus, I believe that the tournament will be won by Henrik Stenson, Jonas Blixt, or Adam Scott.  Because Stenson has been playing so well, and because he's two shots ahead of Scott, I think he'll pull it out.  In fact, if he can put up another 69 and get to 8-under par, I think he'll have a pretty easy time of it.  But it will be very interesting to see if either McIlroy or Westwood can go low enough to make a run at the leaders.

Anyway, here's your top 10:

1.  J. Furyk-9 (65+68+68=201)

2.  J. Dufner-8 (68+63+71=202)

3.  H. Stenson (SWE):  -7 (68+66+69=203)

4.  J. Blixt (SWE):  -6 (68+70+66=204)

T5.  S. Stricker-5 (68+67+70=205)
T5.  A. Scott (AUS):  -5 (65+68+72=205)

T7.  R. McIlroy (NIR):  -3 (69+71+67=207)
T7.  L. Westwood (ENG):  -3 (66+73+68=207)

T9.  D. Johnson-2 (71+72+65=208)
T9.  K. Streelman-2 (70+72+66=208)
T9.  R. Castro-2 (68+69+71=208)


  1. I'm rooting primarily for Jim Furyk, Jason Dufner, Adam Scott, Rory Mcilroy, Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn and Emma Talley.

  2. I'm at work today, so no commentary from me.