CARMEL – The best in golf returned to Indiana for the first time in more than 20 years, and based on the all-star performance that broke out Saturday in the BMW Championship, this show might leave these golf-hungry fans even more mesmerized.
The last big event at Crooked Stick was the 1991 PGA Championship featuring an unknown rookie named John Daly who turned it into a one-man show of power golf.
There are no mystery guests this time.
Not with Phil Mickelson making 10 birdies, including a 6-iron on the par-3 17th that he described as a salty little cut, back into the wind. He had a 64 and wound up tied for the lead with Vijay Singh, who has taken only 74 putts through three round but had a three-putt on the 18th hole that gave him a 69 and cost him the outright lead.
Mickelson and Singh, both in the World Golf Hall of Fame, were at 16-under 200.
Right behind them were two-time major Rory McIlroy and former world No. 1 Lee Westwood, followed by the likes of Adam Scott and Dustin Johnson. And only three shots behind was Tiger Woods, who keeps getting the most out of a scrappy game and is very much in the mix going into today.
Woods had a 71, losing two shots on the lead, though it could have been worse.
Im within reach, Woods said. I have to probably shoot 63 or 64 (today) to have a chance.
And now this – perhaps the strongest leader board in golf all year going into the final round.
The 16 players separated by five shots have won 29 majors and 21 World Golf Championships, and four of them have been No. 1 in the world over the last decade.
The crowd is pretty rowdy, and its an incredible leader board, Scott said. Its going to be fun. Im glad I put myself in that position.
LPGA: In Williamsburg, Va., Paula Creamer moved into position to end a two-year victory drought, shooting a 6-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Kingsmill Championship.
The nine-time LPGA Tour winner had a 16-under 197 total. Second-round leader Jiyai Shin was second after a 69.
EUROPEAN: In Hilversum, Netherlands, Graeme Storm of England blew a five-stroke lead midway through the third round, leaving him in a four-way tie for first at the KLM Open at 12-under 198.