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Grading the third round of the PGA Championship

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Adam Scott could have used one more birdie on Saturday. (Getty Images)
Adam Scott could have used one more birdie on Saturday. (Getty Images)

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The story of the day on Saturday was how much more difficult Oak Hill played for the third round of the PGA Championship. David Feherty referred to the course as "an old lady who found her teeth" which evokes all kinds of unfortunate visions but he was kind of right.

Phil Mickelson shot 78, Tiger Woods shot 73, Hunter Mahan shot a 78, Justin Rose shot a 77, Matt Kuchar shot a 76, Sergio Garcia shot a 75. It was ugly out there.

The wind picked up and the course dried out and we got the Oak Hill everyone expected to see all week. The one that produced only four men under par total in each of its first two PGA Championships.

Of the leaders on Friday night, only Jim Furyk (68) and Henrik Stenson (69) broke par on Saturday. You know what that means? We could be in for chaos on Sunday.

There are currently seven golfers within six strokes of Jim Furyk's lead and all seven of them are world class. Jason Dufner, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Jonas Blixt, and Steve Stricker -- these are folks you know, yes?

Not a Shaun Micheel to be found this year at Oak Hill.

So I think we're in for a fantastic finish on Sunday but first let's hand out some grades for Saturday's performances:

PlayerGradeAnalysis
AJim Furyk hit only 27 putts on Saturday and one-putted both No. 17 and No. 18. If he does that on Sunday he'll run away and hide with it.
AI loved the monster fist pump from Rory McIlroy after chipping in on No. 18. It would be a pretty amazing story if he was able to come back from six down after the third round (and year he's had) to win it.
BIt could have been much worse for Adam Scott who shot a decent 72. He held on though and could go low for the win on Sunday.
BJason Dufner sneaked one in the back door on No. 18 for a third-round 71. He has as good a chance as anyone to overtake Furyk for the win.
DTiger Woods needed a 63 on Saturday. He went out and shot a 73 instead and only made one birdie.
FPhil Mickelson gets an "F" for his 78 on Saturday but an "A+" for signing autographs for hordes of fans shortly thereafter. The people's choice.

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