Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Two can make Swedish history at PGA Championship

Jonas Blixt is three shots back and today plays with fellow Swede Henrik Stenson.

European Pressphoto Agency

Jonas Blixt is three shots back and today plays with fellow Swede Henrik Stenson.

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Henrik Stenson and Jonas Blixt will try to do something today in the PGA Championship that none of their countrymen has done but countrywoman Annika Sorenstam did 10 times.

Win a major.

Stenson, the British Open runnerup, began Saturday three off the lead, shot 69 and was at 7-under 203, two shots behind leader Jim Furyk. Blixt, who carded 66 and might have locked up the shot-of-the-tournament title with his approach into 18, was three behind.

"We're definitely increasing the chances (of a Swedish win) with having two guys up there rather than one," Stenson said.

"Or," he added a moment later, "none."

Despite his bogey-free result, Blixt knew one thing in his preround routine would change today: "I drank coffee in the morning and got really jacked up. No coffee (today)."

On No. 18, Blixt's tee shot veered well left of the fairway, bounced and landed in the back pocket of a spectator. "I never did anything like that," he said.

He dropped and hit a 5 iron about 6 feet from the cup and made birdie.

That's more like it: With many players faltering as Oak Hill toughened, defending champion Rory McIlroy charged into contention. He birdied the last two holes for 67 that pushed him to 3-under 207, six back of the lead.

Over his last 25 holes going back to Friday, McIlroy was 7 under with one bogey. In a seasonlong slump that included missing the British Open cut, he looked more like the player who won the PGA by a record eight shots last year.

"It's getting there," said McIlroy, 24, trying to become the fifth player in the past century to win three majors before age 25 (Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen). "It was good to feel that sort of rush again."

Also-rans: Woods' and Phil Mickelson's lost weekend continued.

Woods started by missing the fairway on No. 1 and bogeying, closed with bogeys on 16 and 17, and finished 3-over 73, leaving him at 4 over and tied for 48th.

"Well, it was hard for me," said Woods, who in seven rounds overall at Oak Hill in the PGA has none under par and is a combined 16 over. "I didn't play very well. I didn't hit very good, didn't make anything, kept blocking every putt."

Mickelson had a triple bogey, a double bogey and five bogeys in shooting 8-over 78, which tied his worst score at the PGA. He was in 74th place, one shot ahead of last-place Gary Woodland. Mickel­son did not speak to reporters. He did sign autographs.

Since 1997, Woods and Mickelson have never both finished outside the top 50 when making the cut.

15TH HOLE LOCATION: The PGA Championship let fans choose the hole location on No. 15 for today's final round. They were given four choices, with Nicklaus providing input on strategy differences.

The PGA of America said more than 92,000 votes were cast on its website, Facebook and Twitter. The winner was "Hole Location C," which will be 25 yards on and 4 yards from the water on the right. Nicklaus, who won the PGA at Oak Hill in 1980, approved of the selection. It's the one he voted for.

Two can make Swedish history at PGA Championship 08/10/13 [Last modified: Saturday, August 10, 2013 10:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Road to Atlanta: Tell us how you really feel, Jimbo


    Topped out

    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 21:  Rashaan Evans #32 of the Alabama Crimson Tide tackles Jarrett Guarantano #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) 775042495
  2. Journal: USF gets support on the road


    NEW ORLEANS — Perhaps it was the chance to witness the first USF-Tulane game ever, or an opportunity to frolic in the French Quarter for a weekend. Or both.

    USF running back D'Ernest Johnson (2) stiff-arms Tulane cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) on a run during the second half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH111
  3. Joey Knight's takeaways from USF-Tulane


    1. Saturday's triumph will do little to fortify USF's strength of schedule, but its strength-of-character quotient might have increased. On the road facing an eclectic offense, the Bulls built a huge lead, then made critical plays in the waning moments after some defensive lapses. In short, they survived. Isn't …

    South Florida defensive end Greg Reaves (41) reacts after a defensive stop against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH107
  4. No. 16 USF hangs on at Tulane, off to first 7-0 start


    NEW ORLEANS — After half a season of mismatches, USF found itself in a grudge match Saturday night.

    USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH103
  5. Lightning journal: Tighter defense fuels hot start

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — See what happens when you keep the crease clean, limit the traffic in front of G Andrei Vasilevskiy and limit Grade A scoring chances?

    Yanni Gourde, right, gets a late first-period goal that follows a big save by Andrei Vasilevskiy.