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Liguori: Sunday’s Final Round at PGA Championship Should Be a Wild Ride

Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the third round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 9, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the third round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 9, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

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By Ann Liguori
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If Sunday’s action is anywhere near Saturday’s drama, we’re in for an amazing day.

Rory McIlroy will try to continue his magical ride here at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, although he hopes to play mistake-free Sunday after an up-and-down 4-under 67 Saturday that he admits was not his “best stuff.” He’ll take a one-shot lead into his start at 2:55 p.m.

McIlroy will play with a 28-year-old named Bernd Wiesberger from Austria, who is enjoying some of the spotlight in only the second major in which he has made the cut. Wiesberger has two PGA European Tour victories.

McIlroy is familiar with him, even though Wiesberger’s results this year have not been impressive. His best results in 2014 have been a second-place finish in the Lyoness Open and finishing tied for second in the Maybank Malaysian, so I think he’s even surprised to be just one shot behind the leader in the final round of the PGA Championship.

Rickie Fowler and Jason Day hope to win their first major.

Fowler carded a bogey-free 67 in Round 3 and will start only two shots back. He’s been so close this season, tying for second in both the U.S. Open and the British Open. It could be Fowler’s first major win if he can turn it up a notch under pressure.

And there was no greater drama than Jason Day on Saturday taking his golf shoes off, rolling up his pants, wading through the creek and hitting a wedge out of his wayward tee shot that landed in knee-high grass across from a creek. David Feherty actually looked like he was the first to spot his ball. Day saved par on that hole, which was quite remarkable.

The second most dramatic hole in Round 3 was McIlroy’s 340-yard drive on the 16th and the flawless approach shot he hit that landed within a foot of the hole. He was in the midst of finishing with three birdies in four holes, and to watch his mastery on those last four holes was very special.

And Phil Mickelson, only three shots back, is looking to win his sixth major. What a back nine Phil had after bogeying holes 11 and 12. Lefty made birdie on four of the last five holes to close to within three. The 44-year-old will try to get in the way of the young guns Sunday afternoon.

Enjoy it! It should be a wild ride!

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