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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY---Rickie Fowler has been
a contender at every major championship this
year.For the first time, he grabbed the outright lead
Fowler chipped in from 20 feet for a birdie at the
fifth hole, pushing his score to 13 under at the PGA
Championship and snapping a five-way tie for the
lead. Rory McIlroy, seeking his second straight major
title, began the rain-delayed final round with a one-
stroke lead. But Boy Wonder got off to a sluggish
start, making a bogey at the third while others were
charging up the leaderboard.
Fowler was a runner-up at both the US Open and
the British Open, and tied for fifth at the Masters.
This was shaping up as his best chance yet at his
first major title, even after he took a bogey at the
second by driving into a creek. He bounced back
with three straight birdies.Tiger Woods missed the
cut, but there were big-name contenders all around.
Ernie Els posted five birdies on the front side and
was just two shots off the lead, giving him a shot
at the third leg of a career Grand Slam. Henrik Stenson
birdied three of the first six holes and was one shot
back. Phil Mickelson also was a shot of the lead after
making a 30-foot putt at the first, then another birdie
at the third.
McIlroy and Austria s Bernd Wiesberger, playing
in the final group, were one shot behind, as well.
Wiesberger, a member of the European Tour who
has never contended in a major championship, was
the biggest surprise after three straight rounds in the
60s, including a 65 on Saturday that pushed him up
the leaderboard. Play was suspended for nearly two
hours when a storm swept through the club on the
outskirts of Louisville. Workers brought out squeegees,
trying furiously to push standing water off the course.
Towels were used to dry the tee boxes.
About an inch of rain fell in 45 minutes, but it
took longer to get the course back in playing shape.
The sun came out after the rain passed, giving it the
feel of a sauna as the temperature climbed toward
the upper 80s.
During the 1-hour, 51-minute delay, ducks wallowed
in an impromptu creek running down the middle of
a fairway. Sergio Garcia rolled up his pants and fled
to the cover of the clubhouse, splashing along the
way. Fowler had some fun with Billy Horschel, who
was walking around barefooted, having removed his
soaked socks and shoes.
The second suspension of the tournament --- play
also was halted for less than an hour Friday morn-
ing---raised the possibility that the final major of the
year stretching into Monday.
McIlroy, who won the British Open for his third
major title and captured the World Golf Championship
at Firestone last week, teed off with Wiesberger at
4:19 pm EDT. The PGA of America hoped that would
provide just enough time to finish the round before
If there s a tie at the end of 72 holes, however, a
three-hole playoff would be required.
That would surely have to be held this morning.
There were eight players within three shots of the
lead, with Jason Day and Mikko Ilonen also in the
mix. Players complained about not being allowed to
use preferred lies on the muddy course.
"The ball should have been played up, simple,"
Graeme McDowell said. "It s casual water everywhere.
The ball is picking up mud...Common sense has to
prevail at some point. Let s lift, clean and place this
Ian Poulter said he had to take relief on nearly fair-
way because of standing water. Twice, he had to
place his ball in the rough to get a dry spot.
Colin Montgomerie, who had to finish the 18th
hole after the rain delay, noted that the British Open
used a two-tee start in the third round for the first
time in its 154-year history. He said the PGA of Amer-
ica made a mistake by not doing the same, which
tee shot on
the final round
of the PGA
Fowler grabs lead at PGA,
but crowded at the top
would have provided more leeway to complete the
"Nobody wants to be here Monday---nobody,"
He said it was clear the PGA had to revise the
schedule to send off the final group by 4:19 pm to
have any chance of finishing, even though the course
was "borderline." The remaining tee times were com-
pressed to nine-minute intervals, instead of 10.
"They either go now or they don t finish," Mont-
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