PGA Championship: Furyk among top 5 storylines for final round
Henrik Stenson breaking through for Sweden, Rory McIlroy getting No. 3, Jim Furyk getting No. 2 after 10 years -- these stories and more headline Sunday at Oak Hill.
It's an odd Sunday at a major when Tiger Woods doesn't qualify as one of the five biggest storylines. Even when he's not leading, he still usually grabs some of the headlines.
But when you're 4 over, 15 back and teeing off before noon, you don't get much. Well, other than a snarky tweet from a parody account that made me laugh pretty hard on Sunday morning:
Lemme know how the weather is tomorrow morning @TigerWoods— Dufners Ego (@Dufego1) August 11, 2013
But even with Woods out of contention, there are still compelling stories to track on Sunday, the last round of major championship play in 2013.
1. Can Rory McIlroy complete his comeback? -- In 2010 McIlroy shot 66-62 on the weekend at Quail Hollow to take the Wells Fargo Championship by four over Phil Mickelson. This was after a 72-73 start. Some on Twitter have suggested something similar at Oak Hill (he shot 67 yesterday) and I'm totally intrigued by whether or not he can do it. A 63 to win this tournament would be historic.
2. Can Jim Furyk win major after 10 years? -- According to Justin Ray of ESPN Furyk would join the company of Ben Crenshaw and Julius Boros as the only men to wait longer than a decade for their second major win. But can he close? The question lingers after Olympic last year.
4. Adam Scott, closer? -- Can we be honest for a second here? Adam Scott could (maybe should) have two majors under his belt already this year. He led the British Open after the turn on Sunday and proceeded to gag four straight birdies down the stretch while Lefty hoisted the Jug. He had another mini-gag on Saturday with a double bogey on No. 16. A Masters win is always a great year but he could walk away knowing he could have had two titles.
5. Being in the final group -- Since 2009, 10 players who are two or more shots back entering the final round have won majors. Only five leaders or co-leaders have won. That's a big-time flip on a historic trend. Coffee's for closers, so I'm going to need to see what you got, Dufner and Furyk.
I'm going to stick with my Stenson pick as the winner since I've had him since Tuesday but I'm totally fascinated by McIlroy. He's my lock for the top 10. He was rocking that Rory Strut all day on Saturday and punctuated it with birdie-birdie at the end. If he gets it going early and birdies, say, three of the first five, the Strut will be on display and you best believe Furyk and Dufner are going to take notice.
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