DAN REARDON: Saturday PGA Notebook
Get out your Geography Books – Bernd Wiesberger is clearly the first golfer from Austria to ever play final group on Sunday in a major golf championship. In the unlikely circumstance that he would win the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla, he would hold an even greater geographic distinction.
The 28-year-old European Tour player would be the eastern-most player in the Western Hemisphere to win a men’s major title replacing US Open Champion Martin Kaymer.
Sweden’s Anna Norqvuist holds the record for any player, male or female, with her 2009 win of the LPGA Championship.
Par for the Course – There was a time when winning a golf major was defined by more than the size and age of the trophy. Those four annual events were considered the toughest test in golf.
Welcome to wet Valhalla.
In 2000, when Tiger Woods won at 17 under par, there were 45 players in red numbers. Going into Sunday’s final round there are 55 players in red numbers. On Saturday out of the first 37 names on the leader board only one shot over par (Jim Furyk – 72) and only three players total missed breaking 70. The course for the day played 69.5, the lowest in history. Par is 71
One and Done – Much has been made about the advantage Rory McIlroy has over the rest of the players in the game with his length and accuracy with his driver. In order to retain the lead going into Sunday’s final round at the PGA it was the other end of the bag that made the difference.
The three time major winner one-putted nine of the last twelve holes in round three and after opening with three consecutive two-putts he was 11-15 in canning his putts. For the week he has only one three-putt, the par 3 eleventh on Thursday.
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