The five best storylines for Sunday at the 2014 PGA Championship
Rory McIlroy leads, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler barely trail -- which is the best story for Sunday?
It's Sunday on the last major day for the next eight months and I'm pretty excited. We have a big-boy leaderboard jam packed with so many storylines it's legitimately difficult to remember that guy named Tiger Woods is absent from it all.
Here's a look at the five I'll be watching as play gets going on Sunday:
1. Rory for No. 4? Rory McIlroy can join a group that includes just 17 other men who have won four majors in the modern era. With Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler on his heels, however, this one will prove his mettle more than all the rest.
Also, can you imagine the hype heading to Augusta next April with McIlroy halfway to the Tiger Slam (Rory Slam?) and just needing to wear green to complete the career slam and tie Phil Mickelson with five majors? He'll have to bully his way through 18 at Valhalla on Sunday but he's the heavy favorite to do just that.
2. Lefty Magic: How much can Phil Mickelson muster on Sunday? Part of me wonders if he spent it all on Saturday with all those birdies down the stretch and the other part of me thinks that was just a prelude to what we'll see on Sunday afternoon.
No matter what, though, you know it'll be entertaining.
3. Rickie Fowler's quest: Forget winning (okay, don't forget it) but Fowler is trying to become just the third golfer ever to finish top five at all four majors in the same year in the modern era.
The other two? Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
Your thoughs, Rickie?
4. A 62 watch? We didn't get it on Saturday but the course is just begging somebody to drop a 62 on it. Will it be somebody in the 8 under or 9 under range (Adam Scott?) and will they do it for the win?
Talk about storylines..
5. Ryder Cup implications: Guys like Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Moore, Brendon Todd, and Phil Mickelson are playing for automatic Ryder Cup spots. Even Ryan Palmer, if he finishes alone in second would qualify.
This is especially interesting for Todd. If Jason Dufner doesn't play because of his neck injury then Todd can go crazy low on Sunday and sneak onto the team before the leaders even tee off at Valhalla. The math is complicated and I won't go into it here but there's a ton to play for even for those teeing off in the morning.
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