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Rory McIlroy has passed all of the tests this week at the 2012 PGA Championship and is now pulling away from the rest of the field at 11-under par. McIlroy is 4-under on his final round and has cruised along while playing bogey free golf.
Carl Pettersson and Ian Poulter are both tied for second place and six shots back of McIlroy at 5-under. Pettersson had an unfortunate two-stroke penalty assessed to him early in the round and three straight bogeys on the back nine took Poulter out of contention.
Tiger Woods is currently tied for seventh place at 3-under for the tournament. Woods birdied two holes on the front nine but a bogey at the 11th knocked him further back.
Rory McIlroy continues his strangle hold on the lead at the 2012 PGA Championship. Thus far McIlroy is 3-under for his final round and leads the tournament at 10-under. Ian Poulter had a string of birdies at the beginning of his final round and is four shots back at 6-under par.
Carl Pettersson is also tied for second at 6-under par and has done a nice job overcoming a two-shot penalty to start his final round. Four golfers including Tiger Woods are tied at 4-under and six shots behind McIlroy.
Woods is 2-under through the front nine of his final round but the slow start to Saturday's third round may have taken him too far back to make a run at McIlroy.
The third round of the 2012 PGA Championship was delayed due to inclement weather Saturday, but players wrapped up their third round Sunday and Rory McIlroy will begin the final round with a three-stroke lead.
McIlroy sits at 7-under after he shot a 67 in the third round, his second round of 67 in the tournament. Carl Pettersson is in second place at 4-under with Adam Scott, Bo Van Pelt and Trevor Immelman tied for third at 3-under.
Tiger Woods was tied for the lead after the second round, but a 74 in the third round has him five strokes off the lead at 2-under.
The final round is set to begin at 11:44 a.m. ET. McIlroy will tee off at 1:45 p.m. ET in a group with Pettersson and Van Pelt.
Third round play at the 2012 PGA Championship resumed early Sunday morning and Rory McIlroy has extended his lead to three shots over Carl Pettersson.
McIlroy missed a couple of opportunities early on Sunday but regained composure enough to get to 7-under. He is followed by Pettersson who is 4-under. Five different players including Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh are four shots back at 3-under par. Steve Stricker and Peter Hanson are a little further back at 2-under.
Conditions have greatly improved at The Ocean Course on Sunday as golfers prepare for what is going to be a very long day. Just a few golfers remain on the course wrapping up third round action which must complete before the final round can begin.
The third round of the 2012 PGA Championship was cut short as some bad weather rolled through Kiawah Island Resort. The last few groups on Saturday did not even make it through the front nine. Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh both only made it through seven holes on Saturday, but the two golfers had opposite results.
Woods has three bogeys and so far is 3-over par for the third round, and is now tied for 11th place. Singh on the other hand is playing well and is tied for first place at 6-under par. Through seven holes Singh is 2-under par with a pair of birdies and five pars.
Rory McIlory is the other golfer who is tied with Singh, and his round was cut short early after nine holes where he is 4-under so far.
The conclusion of the third round is expected to begin play at 6:45 a.m. CT, and the final round at 10:30 a.m. CT
The Saturday tee times and pairings for the PGA Championship would have been announced much earlier this morning, but it took a while to get to that because Joost Luiten was holding things up a bit, unable to finish the 18th hole on Friday.
Don't be alarmed, even though a lot of golfers have already begun, we'll still provide the tee times and pairings for you like normal. View them here:
|8:50 a.m.: David Toms, John Huh|
|9 a.m.: Jason Dufner, Dustin Johnson|
|9:10 a.m.: Luke Donald, Chez Reavie|
|9:20 a.m.: Seung-Yul Noh, Sang Moon Bae|
|9:30 a.m.: Jim Furyk, Louis Oosthuizen|
|9:40 a.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke|
|9:50 a.m.: J.J. Henry, Ken Duke|
|10 a.m.: Marcus Fraser, Thorbjorn Olesen|
|10:10 a.m.: Bill Haas, Brendon de Jonge|
|10:20 a.m.: Paul Lawrie, Toru Taniguchi|
|10:30 a.m.: Retief Goosen, Justin Rose|
|10:40 a.m.: Bubba Watson, Rich Beem|
|10:50 a.m.: Matt Every, Jimmy Walker|
|11:10 a.m.: Steve Stricker, Cameron Tringale|
|11:20 a.m.: John Senden, Robert Garrigus|
|11:30 a.m.: Y.E. Yang, Alexander Noren|
|11:40 a.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Ernie Els|
|11:50 a.m.: George McNeill, David Lynn|
|12 p.m.: Gary Woodland, Geoff Ogilvy|
|12:10 p.m.: Ryo Ishikawa, Ben Curtis|
|12:20 p.m.: K.J. Choi, Greg Chalmers|
|12:30 p.m.: Scott Piercy, Marc Leishman|
|12:40 p.m.: Bo Van Pelt, Padraig Harrington|
|12:50 p.m.: Miguel Angel Jimenez, K.T. Kim|
|1 p.m.: Keegan Bradley, Fredrik Jacobson|
|1:10 p.m.: Martin Laird, John Daly|
|1:30 p.m.: Marcel Siem, Pat Perez|
|1:40 p.m.: Francesco Molinari, Zach Johnson|
|1:50 p.m.: Joost Luiten, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano|
|2 p.m.: Peter Hanson, Tim Clark|
|2:10 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell|
|2:20 p.m.: Blake Adams, Trevor Immelman|
|2:30 p.m.: Aaron Baddeley, Adam Scott|
|2:40 p.m.: Jamie Donaldson, Rory McIlroy|
|2:50 p.m.: Carl Pettersson, Ian Poulter|
3 p.m.: Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods
You can check out the complete leaderboard at PGA.com.
After two rounds of the 2012 PGA Championship Tiger Woods has moved up to the top spot at 4-under par and is tied with Vijay Singh and Carl Pettersson. With Woods at the top he is 36 holes away from winning his first major championship since the 2009 U.S. Open. However, this is only the halfway point and there are two golfers tied with Woods and there are seven others who are within three strokes of the lead.
Woods made his move to the top of the leaderboard as he shot a 1-under par round of 71 in Friday's round which included three birdies and two bogies.
What also helped in Woods moving to the top was that Pettersson, who was the leader after the first round, shot a 2-over par in his second round to fall back to the pack. Pettersson had a rough stretch where he bogied five of seven holes.
As for Singh, he had a round where he shot a 3-under par to improve to 4-under for the round. His round saw him convert five total birdies -- three of them in the first seven holes -- with a pair of bogies.
For a complete look at the leaderboard, visit Golf.com.
Weather hasn't been much of a factor in early returns from the first round of the PGA, as the course on Kiawah Island, South Carolina has been very forgiving on Thursday.
Three golfers -- Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Carl Petterrson of Sweden and Joost Luiten of the Netherlands -- are tied for the early lead at -5.
It's the best McIlory, considered one of the rising stars in golf, has played in a major since falling from his perch as the world's No. 1 player earlier in the year.
Tiger Woods (-2) is lurking with a decent start while former Texas A&M golfer Ryan Palmer, who was born in Amarillo and lives in Colleyville, is right behind him at -1.
Former Oklahoma State golfers Hunter Mahan (who also lives in Colleyville) and Scott Verplank (who was born in Dallas) are set to tee off at 12:10 and 1:10 PM Central, respectively.
The fourth and final major golf tournament of the year will tee off on Thursday when the 2012 PGA Championship comes to South Carolina. We have all of your pertinent viewing information as Tiger Woods attempts to win his first major since 2008.
You will be able to stream par-3 holes and cover marquee pairings live online at PGA.com. There will also be live streaming and leaderboard updates offered via the official PGA Championship mobile app.
If you want to go the conventional television route, the event will air live on TNT on Thursday and Friday from 1-7 p.m. ET. You can watch early coverage on TNT from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday, after which coverage will switch to CBS from 2-7 p.m. ET.
For lots more information, you can visit the official PGA Championship website.
South Carolina will play host to the 2012 PGA Championship, which begins its first round of play on Thursday. If you are looking for the full tee times and groupings for the opening round, you've come to the right place. The field consists of the very best golfers in the world, all looking for a chance to bag a major PGA Tour win in 2012.
Tiger Woods, as usual, is the main attraction over the course of the next four days and, as usual, enters the tournament as the odds-on favorite to win. Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson will also be competing and will both be looking to turn around what has been a largely forgettable 2012 thus far.
Here are the full tee times and groupings for Thursday's opening round of play. All times are Eastern.
The following players will begin on the first tee:
7:20 a.m.: Kelly Mitchum, D.A. Points, Marcel Siem
7:30 a.m.: John Senden, Ken Duke, Michael Frye
7:40 a.m.: Greg Chalmers, Spencer Levin, Michael Thompson
7:50 a.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Robert Garrigus, Charley Hoffman
8 a.m.: Lucas Glover, Ben Curtis, Trevor Immelman
8:10 a.m.: Scott Stallings, Jeev Milkha Singh, Johnson Wagner
8:20 a.m.: Shaun Micheel, David Toms, John Daly
8:30 a.m.: Bernd Wiesberger, Ryan Palmer, Robert Karlsson
8:40 a.m.: Alvaro Quiros, Cameron Tringale, Ryan Moore
8:50 a.m.: Tommy Gainey, Jason Day, Carl Pettersson
9 a.m.: Mike Small, Brian Davis, John Huh
9:10 a.m.: Sean O'Hair, Brian Cairns, Seung-Yul Noh
9:20 a.m.: Ben Crane, Marty Jertson, Thongchai Jaidee
12:30 p.m.: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, George McNeill, Frank Bensel
12:40 p.m.: Brendon de Jonge, Danny Balin, Hiroyuki Fujita
12:50 p.m.: John Rollins, Kyle Stanley, Francesco Molinari
1 p.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Rickie Fowler, Nicolas Colsaerts
1:10 p.m.: Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia
1:20 p.m.: Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Ernie Els
1:30 p.m.: Luke Donald, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson
1:40 p.m.: Padraig Harrington, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III
1:50 p.m.: Scott Piercy, Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar
2 p.m.: Justin Rose, Paul Lawrie, Nick Watney
2:10 p.m.: K.J. Choi, Simon Dyson, Scott Verplank
2:20 p.m.: Mitch Lowe, Jeff Overton, Blake Adams
2:30 p.m.: Bridgestone Invitational winner, Paul Scaletta, Robert Allenby
The following players will tee off from the 10th tee:
7:20 a.m.: Matteo Manassero, Charles Howell III, Mark Brown
7:30 a.m.: Pat Perez, Corey Prugh, Martin Laird
7:40 a.m.: Toru Taniguchi, Rory Sabbatini, Rafael Cabrera-Bello
7:50 a.m.: Jose Maria Olazabal, Branden Grace, Matt Dobyns
8 a.m.: Darren Clarke, Ryo Ishikawa, Gary Woodland
8:10 a.m.: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk
8:20 a.m.: Jason Dufner, Paul Casey, Geoff Ogilvy
8:30 a.m.: Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Tiger Woods
8:40 a.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter, Steve Stricker
8:50 a.m.: Lee Westwood, Bill Haas, Angel Cabrera
9 a.m.: Stewart Cink, Peter Hanson, Tim Clark
9:10 a.m.: Jeff Coston, Bud Cauley, Robert Rock
9:20 a.m.: Joost Luiten, Alan Morin, Thomas Aiken
12:30 p.m.: Bryce Molder, Matt Every, Bob Sowards
12:40 p.m.: Sang Moon Bae, Darrell Kestner, David Lynn
12:50 p.m.: Marcus Fraser, Jamie Donaldson, Doug Wade
1 p.m.: Jonathan Byrd, Anders Hansen, Aaron Baddeley
1:10 p.m.: Thorbjorn Olesen, Fredrik Jacobson, Jimmy Walker
1:20 p.m.: Miguel Angel Jimenez, K.T. Kim, Bo Van Pelt
1:30 p.m.: Y.E. Yang, Rich Beem, Vijay Singh
1:40 p.m.: Charlie Wi, Pablo Larrazabal, Chez Reavie
1:50 p.m.: Retief Goosen, Mark Brooks, Roger Chapman
2 p.m.: Alexander Noren, Mark Wilson, George Coetzee
2:10 p.m.: Marc Leishman, Ted Potter, Jr., Brian Gaffney
2:20 p.m.: Michael Hoey, Kevin Na, Rod Perr
2:30 p.m.: Brendan Jones, Bill Murchison, Reno-Tahoe winner
Since Tiger Woods victory at the 2008 US Open, there have been 16 different major champions in 16 majors. It's the longest streak without a repeat champion since golf went to a four-major calendar in the 1930's.
In a press conference with reporters on Tuesday, Woods talked about how the sport has changed in the last decade:
"Golf is getting deep. There's so many guys with a chance to win," Woods said. The margins are so small, and if you've got margins that are that small you're going to get guys who win once here and there."
"If you just make the cut nowadays you're within nine shots of the lead sometimes. That's easily doable on a weekend. And it's just amazing -- you've got 70-plus guys within 10 shots it seems like at every Tour event. That wasn't always the case. It used to be 14, 15 shots sometimes, but it's just so much smaller now, the margins."
In many ways, Woods is the victim of his own success, as his popularity has brought in huge amounts of money and worldwide interest to the sport of golf, as well as a whole new generation of golfers who grew up hoping to emulate Woods at the major championships.
But while the amount of quality competitors in the modern game has made putting together a run of major victories like Woods did in the early 2000's seem unlikely, it also has allowed older players to hang around far past what their prime would have been a generation ago as well.
Ernie Els, after all, just won the British Open at the age of 42.
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy remain two of the biggest names in the world of golf. Heading into Thursday's opening round of the 2012 PGA Championship, they will be at the top of the odds list to win the tournament. Neither player has won a major thus far in 2012 and McIlroy in particular has looked exceptionally shaky, but their ability and name recognition definitely still carry cachet with the oddsmakers.
Woods will need to return to championship form in short order. He has not won a major since 2008 and this is his last chance to pick one up in 2012 and prevent that drought from carrying over into a fifth straight year. It is within his capability; the only question is whether he will be able to execute.
Here are the current odds to win it all at the 2012 PGA Championship:
Tiger Woods 8/1
Rory McIlroy 18/1
Luke Donald 18/1
Lee Westwood 20/1
Adam Scott 28/1
Jason Dufner 28/1
Justin Rose 28/1
Webb Simpson 33/1
Dustin Johnson 33/1
Louis Oosthuizen 33/1
Steve Stricker 33/1
Matt Kuchar 33/1
Keegan Bradley 33/1
Hunter Mahan 40/1
Bubba Watson 40/1
Phil Mickelson 40/1
Graeme McDowell 40/1
Bo Van Pelt 40/1
Jim Furyk 40/1
The 94th PGA Championship gets underway at Kiawah Island in South Carolina later this week.
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