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Tiger Woods struggles on stormy day at Kiawah KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — By the time the thunderstorm rolled through the Ocean Course on Saturday afternoon, putting a premature end to the third round of the PGA Championship, it may already have been too late for Tiger Woods. While Rory McIlroy had moved into a share of the lead with Vijay Singh and Adam Scott had moved within a stroke of them, Woods had played his way down the leader board and outside the top 10 on a rain-interrupted day that may have doomed his chance of collecting his 15th major championship victory. Play was suspended Saturday at 4:50 p.m. and officially called for the day at approximately 6:30 p.m. The third round is scheduled to resume at 7:45 a.m. Sunday. When the third round is complete, players will be re-paired and play in threesomes off both tees with the leaders scheduled to tee off at 1:45 p.m. It resumes with McIlroy and Singh tied at 6-under par midway through their third rounds. McIlroy will be on the 10th hole while Singh is playing the par-3 eight. Scott will also be on the 10th hole at 5-under while Carl Pettersson is 4-under playing the ninth hole in the third round. It could be a chaotic Sunday. It will dawn with a collection of intriguing storylines: – Can Singh, with renewed confidence at age 49, win his third PGA Championship and fourth major title? – Is this the day when McIlroy, a disappointment in major championships this season when so much was expected, buries the questions and provides an emphatic answer? – Will Adam Scott, three weeks removed from his British Open heartbreak, kiss the Wanamaker Trophy tonight? – And can Woods, who’s never won a major from behind entering the final round, summon the magic that went missing on Saturday and win his first major championship in more than four years? McIlroy was in the midst of the day’s biggest move, making five birdies in his first eight holes, only to give a stroke back with a bogey at the ninth shortly before play was stopped, posting 4-under par 32 on the front side. “It was the start I was looking to get off to,” said McIlroy, who hasn’t shot lower than 73 on the weekend in a major this year.


“The way I’m looking at it, I’m going into the final day of the final major of the season tied for the lead. I can’t ask for much more. I don’t care if it’s going to be 27 holes, 18 holes, 36 holes. I’m just happy going in there in a good position.” Singh looked like he did in his prime, rifling an iron into the first green to set up an opening birdie while Woods, his playing partner, struggled. Woods started the warm, windy day tied for the lead but quickly began a retreat. As in previous major championship weekend rounds this year, he couldn’t find a fire starter. Instead, Woods played around the edges of the Ocean Course, a ticket to the caboose. When he pulled a five-foot birdie putt at the short, par-4 third, Woods’ frustration flashed. He lingered before holing his par putt, seeming to brood over the missed opportunity. New Magic Presentation Shocking New Magic Presentation Shocking Experiment Proves Magick Really Exists Trying to hold his tee shot into a right-to-left wind on the long, par-4 fourth, Woods lost his drive to the left, finding a bad lie in the rough. He muscled his approach shot long and left, bouncing it off a spectator’s foot and into another bad lie, leading to a bogey, one of just nine made by the 72 players at the fourth on Saturday. At the par-3 fifth, Woods missed the green left and made a second straight bogey while McIlroy was moving briefly to 7-under par, stretching his advantage to four over Woods. The most egregious error may have been at the par-5 seventh where he made a third bogey, this on a hole in which five of the top seven players on the board made birdies. While Singh was making it look simple, Woods was making it look like work. In seven holes, he had as many bogeys as he had hit spectators. “I got off to a rough start (Saturday) and couldn’t get anything going,” Woods said. “I’ll come back (Sunday) morning and see what happens. There are a lot of holes left to play.” Kerry Haigh, managing director of championships for the PGA of America, said there was no serious consideration given to starting play earlier on Saturday to avoid forecasted thunderstorms that led to the suspension. “Obviously August in many states at this time of year is challenging time and sometimes you’re lucky and sometimes you’re not. A lot of our weather issues actually have been in the morning more than the afternoons this week,” Haigh said, alluding to three suspensions Tuesday and Wednesday. Weather warning signs were posted more than an hour before play was suspended and the storm did not arrive at the Ocean Course until approximately 45 minutes after play had been halted.


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Tiger Woods struggles on stormy day at Kiawah