February 15, 2019

GOLF Story
By Gethin Coolbaugh, The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: July 30, 2016 06:29:02 PM


Walker, Streb still tied after PGA washout

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb share a one-shot lead at 9-under-par 131 heading into Sunday at the 98th PGA Championship, but neither set foot on the course Saturday as thunderstorms drowned out the afternoon wave at Baltusrol Golf Club.
The two Americans were the last of 43 groups scheduled to begin Saturday's third round, but their 2:55 p.m. ET tee time was wiped out once play was suspended at 2:14 p.m. Thirty seven players have completed their third rounds, with 49 players left with unsigned scorecards.
"Kind of a long day trying to figure out what to do," Streb said. "Obviously the course looks like it is unplayable. Everything is underwater, regardless of whether the lightning stopped."
Third-round play will resume at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, PGA officials announced. The final round is scheduled to begin at 8:40 a.m. in nine-minute intervals with the same pairings from round three. All players will start from No. 1, with the final group teeing off at 3:25 p.m.
When the PGA Championship was last played at Baltusrol in 2005, weather delays also forced a suspension in play. That resulted in a Monday finish -- a likely possibility again this time -- with Phil Mickelson claiming a one-shot victory for the second of his five major victories.
Walker and Streb matched the lowest 36-hole score in PGA Championship history, with Streb becoming the 28th player in history to shoot a record-low 63 in a major Friday.
Walker was the 18-hole leader after an opening 65. Streb began with a 68 on Thursday before his record score.
Jason Day, reigning PGA champion and No. 1 in the world, is tied for third with Emiliano Grillo of Argentina at 7-under. Fifth-ranked Henrik Stenson of Sweden, two weeks removed from his first major victory in the Open Championship at Royal Troon, is fifth at 6-under.
"You've just got to get some good sleep and make sure you eat enough and drink enough, plenty during the day, because it will be a long day," Stenson said about the prospect of playing 36 holes Sunday. "It's normally the mind that gives up before the body."
Kevin Kisner, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka and Martin Kaymer of Germany, the 2010 PGA champ, are tied for sixth at 5-under, while seventh-ranked Rickie Fowler headlines an eight-way tie for 10th at 4-under.
Third-ranked Jordan Spieth is tied for 18th at 1-under and Mickelson is tied for 42nd at 3-under.
Kisner and Padraig Harrington of Ireland made the best of their morning rounds Saturday, each carding 65s. The 32-year-old Kisner made seven birdies after back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 6 and 7. Kisner has only one career PGA Tour win, in the 2015 RSM Classic in Sea Island, Ga.
Harrington, a three-time major winner, collected five birdies, including a four-foot birdie putt on No. 18, to move into the tie for sixth at 4-under after opening 71-70. The 44-year-old won the 2008 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Mickelson posted his first sub-par round of the weekend, carding a 68. The 46-year-old lefty had bogeys on Nos. 1 and 11, but had nothing but pars and birdies (four) to complete his day.
Sixth-ranked Bubba Watson shot a 70 and is tied for 47th at even-par.
Second-ranked Dustin Johnson and fourth-ranked Rory McIlroy were among those who missed the 2-over cut. Johnson, who claimed his first major this year at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa., followed a disastrous 77 on Thursday with a 72 on Friday.
NOTES: Eighteen events during the 2015-16 PGA Tour season have experienced weather-related delays. Five of those had Monday finishes. ... Phil Mickelson expressed gratitude for the fan support he has received at Baltusrol. "I don't know how to explain the incredible feeling it is to play here in this area, to have the people be as supportive and as kind and loyal as they've been to me and my family over the years," Mickelson said. "It's my favorite place to play." ... Mickelson anticipates a major-record-breaking score at this year's PGA Championship. "I think it will be (broken) in the next two days," Mickelson said Saturday at Baltusrol Golf Club. "I would be surprised (if) it wasn't." ... Twenty eight players have shot 63 in a major, including Mickelson and Henrik Stenson of Sweden at the 2016 Open Championship. Robert Streb matched the mark Friday at Baltusrol. ... Justin Rose of England celebrated his 36th birthday on Saturday. The 2013 U.S. Open winner carded a five-birdie 66 on in the third round and is 2-under 208 overall


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