A thunderstorm has wreaked havoc on the final major of the year, forcing an early end to Saturday’s play which leaves the frontrunners with a round-and-a-half of golf to complete on Sunday at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
Rory McIlroy is the 2/1 favourite to come out of a marathon 27-hole session as champion after a lightning start to day three – poor pun intended – birdying five of the first eight holes.
The only minor blemish on a stunning half-round that saw the world number three put a turbulent Friday behind him was that the weather didn’t stop proceedings slightly sooner, as his first bogey arrived on his last hole.
The Northern Irish youngster is joined at the top of the leaderboard on six under by Fijian veteran Vijay Singh, who has played two holes fewer and, at 49, would become the oldest major winner in golf’s history.
The two-time PGA Championship is 7/1 to sustain his form on day four though, perhaps the legacy of having gone over six years without a top-ten finish at a major before tying for ninth at the Open Championship last month.
Instead, the main threat to McIlroy’s aspirations of a second major – and ending a remarkable streak of 16 different winners in the last 16 majors – is the man who missed out so agonisingly at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Adam Scott.
The 7/2-rated Australian, in an echo of McIlroy’s heroic feat in recovering swiftly from his 2011 Masters choke to boss the US Open, is one shot off the lead at the same point in play and ominously birdied his final three holes on Saturday.
The other major development on day three was the collapse from contention of Tiger Woods, who teed off as a 13/8 favourite.
Woods continued a recent trend of undoing formidable early work once the weekend arrives with a nightmare sequence of three bogeys in four during seven holes in which he hit more spectators than greens. At five shots behind, he is 12/1 to triumph.
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