Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Woods immediately starts plunging down leaderboard

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — By the time the thunderstorm rolled through the Ocean Course on Saturday afternoon, putting a premature end to the third round of the PGA Championship, it may already have been too late for Tiger Woods.

While Rory McIlroy had moved into a share of the lead with Vijay Singh, and Adam Scott had moved within a stroke of them, Woods had played his way down the leaderboard and outside the top 10 on a rain-interrupted day that might have doomed his shot at his 15th major championship victory.

Woods, who has never won a major from behind entering the final round, started the day tied for the lead but quickly began a retreat.

When he pulled a 5-foot birdie putt at the short, par-4 third, Woods' frustration flashed. He lingered before holing his par putt, seeming to brood over the missed opportunity.

Trying to hold his tee shot into a right-to-left wind on the long par-4 fourth, Woods lost his drive to the left, finding a bad lie in the rough. He muscled his approach shot long and left, bouncing it off a spectator's foot and into another bad lie, leading to bogey.

He made a second straight bogey at the par-3 fifth, then bogeyed the par-5 seventh. He begins play today at 1 under, five shots back.

"I got off to a rough start (Saturday) and couldn't get anything going," Woods said through a spokesman. "I'll come back (this) morning and see what happens. There are a lot of holes left to play."

WHO'S THAT? David Lynn had a feeling he'd have a good week, even if few others gave him a chance to make it this far in his first PGA Championship.

Lynn, who has one win on the European Tour, is at 1 under after a stellar 68 that left him five shots behind the leaders.

Lynn, 38, said he had been practicing well the past few weeks and thought he'd have some surprises in store.

"My game has sort of turned a corner a few weeks ago," he said. "Practice has felt good. I feel like I'm hitting it well. Yeah, I came here this week thinking my game feels pretty good, so why not?"

RYDER CUP HOPES: Maybe Padraig Harrington has a shot at the European Ryder Cup team after all.

Harrington, put on notice by captain Jose Maria Olazabal that he needed something special to happen to be selected, had resigned himself to missing next month's matches when he followed an opening 70 with 76.

But he rebounded in the third round with 69, moving five shots off the lead. "Who knows what's going to happen now?" Harrington said.

MAJOR WINNERS: There probably won't be a double-major winner this season. Masters champion Bubba Watson started the day eight behind the leaders and shot 70, leaving him 2 over, and British Open champion Ernie Els never got things going with one birdie on each nine to end with 73 and was 4 over.

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