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McIlroy in the lead at PGA Championship – barely

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 10th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 10th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after making a birdie on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after making a birdie on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from the fairway on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from the fairway on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after making a birdie on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after making a birdie on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Geoff Ogilvy watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Geoff Ogilvy watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Alexander Levy, of France, hits a chip on the fourth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Alexander Levy, of France, hits a chip on the fourth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Marc Leishman, of Australia, hits out of the bunker on the 12th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    Marc Leishman, of Australia, hits out of the bunker on the 12th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

  • Billy Horshel hits from the fairwayon the second hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Billy Horshel hits from the fairwayon the second hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • Nick Watney lines up his putt on the second hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Nick Watney lines up his putt on the second hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • Nick Watney watches his chip on the second hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Nick Watney watches his chip on the second hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • Nick Watney reacts to his putt on the third hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    Nick Watney reacts to his putt on the third hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

  • Richard Sterne, of South Africa, putts on the fourth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    Richard Sterne, of South Africa, putts on the fourth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

  • Vijay Singh, of Fiji, watches his chip on the third hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    Vijay Singh, of Fiji, watches his chip on the third hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

  • Graham Delaet, of Canada, lines up his putt on the first hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Graham Delaet, of Canada, lines up his putt on the first hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Phil Mickelson lines up his putt on the first hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Phil Mickelson lines up his putt on the first hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Richard Sterne, of South Africa, hits from rough on the fourth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Richard Sterne, of South Africa, hits from rough on the fourth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Billy Horschel hits a chip on the fourth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Billy Horschel hits a chip on the fourth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Bill Haas watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Bill Haas watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Ryan Palmer hits from the fairway on the first hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Ryan Palmer hits from the fairway on the first hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Jason Day, of Australia, watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Jason Day, of Australia, watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Jim Furyk watches his putt on the eighth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Jim Furyk watches his putt on the eighth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • The flag on the ninth green waves during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    The flag on the ninth green waves during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Mikko Ilonen, of Finland, hits from the fairway on the ninth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    Mikko Ilonen, of Finland, hits from the fairway on the ninth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

  • Phil Mickelson looks over his bunker shot on the 12th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Phil Mickelson looks over his bunker shot on the 12th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, saves par on the 11th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, saves par on the 11th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • Mikko Ilonen, of Finland, hits a chip on the 12th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Mikko Ilonen, of Finland, hits a chip on the 12th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Ryan Palmer watches his shot from the rough on the 13th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    Ryan Palmer watches his shot from the rough on the 13th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

  • Rickie Fowler reacts to his putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Rickie Fowler reacts to his putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after making a birdie on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after making a birdie on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of the bunker on the 14th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of the bunker on the 14th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • Jason Day, of Australia, left, and Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, shake hands on the 18th green following the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Jason Day, of Australia, left, and Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, shake hands on the 18th green following the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Bernd Wiesberger, of Austria, watches his putt on the 14th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Bernd Wiesberger, of Austria, watches his putt on the 14th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from rough on the 12th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from rough on the 12th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • Rickie Fowler reacts after missing his putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Rickie Fowler reacts after missing his putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • Rickie Fowler hits from the fairway on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Rickie Fowler hits from the fairway on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Phil Mickelson reacts to his missed eagle putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Phil Mickelson reacts to his missed eagle putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • Phil Mickelson reacts to his missed eagle putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Phil Mickelson reacts to his missed eagle putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after making a birdie on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after making a birdie on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 10th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after making a birdie on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from the fairway on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after making a birdie on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Geoff Ogilvy watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Alexander Levy, of France, hits a chip on the fourth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Marc Leishman, of Australia, hits out of the bunker on the 12th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)
  • Billy Horshel hits from the fairwayon the second hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • Nick Watney lines up his putt on the second hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • Nick Watney watches his chip on the second hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • Nick Watney reacts to his putt on the third hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)
  • Richard Sterne, of South Africa, putts on the fourth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)
  • Vijay Singh, of Fiji, watches his chip on the third hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)
  • Graham Delaet, of Canada, lines up his putt on the first hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Phil Mickelson lines up his putt on the first hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Richard Sterne, of South Africa, hits from rough on the fourth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Billy Horschel hits a chip on the fourth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Bill Haas watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Ryan Palmer hits from the fairway on the first hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Jason Day, of Australia, watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Jim Furyk watches his putt on the eighth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • The flag on the ninth green waves during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Mikko Ilonen, of Finland, hits from the fairway on the ninth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)
  • Phil Mickelson looks over his bunker shot on the 12th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, saves par on the 11th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • Mikko Ilonen, of Finland, hits a chip on the 12th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Ryan Palmer watches his shot from the rough on the 13th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)
  • Rickie Fowler reacts to his putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after making a birdie on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)
  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of the bunker on the 14th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • Jason Day, of Australia, left, and Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, shake hands on the 18th green following the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Bernd Wiesberger, of Austria, watches his putt on the 14th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from rough on the 12th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • Rickie Fowler reacts after missing his putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • Rickie Fowler hits from the fairway on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Phil Mickelson reacts to his missed eagle putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • Phil Mickelson reacts to his missed eagle putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after making a birdie on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rory McIlroy celebrated his final birdie with a smile and a slight pump of his first, knowing that 8-foot putt gave him the outright lead yesterday in the PGA Championship.

“It’s a great position to be in,” he said.

He’s just not used to it being so crowded at the top.

McIlroy has won all three of his majors with the lead going into the final round – by eight shots at the 2011 U.S. Open, three shots at the 2012 PGA Championship, six shots last month at the British Open.

Now comes another major test for Boy Wonder – a Sunday shootout.

More rain in the morning at Valhalla allowed for a deluge of birdies in the lowest scoring round in PGA Championship history. Six players had a share of the lead at some point. McIlroy could see it on the leaderboard. He could hear it on a golf course resounding with cheers from every corner.

The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland found an extra gear, closing with three birdies on the last four holes for a 4-under 67 and a one-shot lead over Bernd Wiesberger. Right behind were Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson. Still very much in the picture were Jason Day, Henrik Stenson and Louis Oosthuizen.

“Tomorrow standing on the first tee is going to feel different than how it felt a month ago at Hoylake because you don’t have that … it is going to be a shootout,” said McIlroy, who was at 13-under 200. “You know the conditions are soft. Guys are going to make birdies. And you know that you’re going to have to make birdies, as well.”

He did his part late in the round, rolling in a 20-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole, hitting 9-iron from 172 yards that landed with a splat next to the hole for an easy birdie on the 16th hole, and getting up-and-down from a bunker on the final hole.

“It’s not the biggest lead I’ve ever had,” McIlroy said. “But I’m still in control of this golf tournament.”

Today is shaping up as a thriller, typical of the final major of the year.

Wiesberger closed with three straight birdies – the three putts were a combined 3 feet, 6 inches – for a 65. Playing in only his sixth major championship, the 28-year-old Austrian now gets to play in the final group at a major with the No. 1 player in the world.

“I’ve not been in contention in a major championship, so I don’t know how it’s going to turn out,” Wiesberger said. “I’m just trying to enjoy it as I did today. … From now on, it’s just a bonus, really.”

Fowler, a runner-up in the last two majors and the first player since Tiger Woods in 2005 to finish among the top five in all three of them, gets one last crack. He played bogey-free for a 67 and was two shots behind.

Fowler will be playing in the penultimate group with Mickelson, the five-time major champion who turned his game around with a strong finish. Right when he looked to be fading from contention, Lefty turned it on with a long birdie putt on the 14th hole, two more birdies, and then he narrowly missed an eagle putt on the final hole. He had a 67 and was three shots behind.

“That birdie putt on 14 was really the one that got me going, because I needed to finish strong to get back in it,” Mickelson said.

Mickelson was at 10-under 203 with Day, who played in the final group with McIlroy yesterday and had to settle for a 69.

The PGA Championship does not bill itself as the toughest test in golf. It assembles the best field of the majors and lets them slug it out over four days. Add a super soft course from morning showers, and cheers rained down from every corner.

The average score was 69.57, though it felt easier to former Masters champion Adam Scott, one of nine players with a 66 or better.

“Doesn’t get any easier,” said Scott, who was six behind. “Seems like 4 or 5 under is about even par today.”

For all the birdies, two pars early in the round were important. Day hooked his tee shot so badly on the second hole that it cleared the stream and landed in a bog. It eventually was found in knee-high vegetation. Day had to remove his shoes, roll up his pants and wade across the stream to get there. He blasted across the fairway into the rough, hit wedge onto the green to 8 feet and made it.

The tee was moved forward on the par-4 fourth hole, making it play 292 yards. Seven players made eagle. McIlroy was not one of them. He hooked his tee shot into the woods and had to take a penalty drop to get a clear look at the green. McIlroy made a 12-footer for par to stay in the lead, and he made birdie on the next hole.

Back and forth it went all day. Fowler, Day, Wiesberger and even Ryan Palmer and Jim Furyk took turns joining McIlroy atop the leaderboard. Through it all, Boy Wonder never fell back.

And that’s what makes it hard on everyone else chasing him today.

McIlroy is coming off a wire-to-wire win at the British Open and rallied to win a World Golf Championship in his next start. He goes after a third straight victory from a familiar position – in the lead.

Unlike his other three majors, he has hardly any margin for error and a lot more players chasing him.

“I’ll take a win any way it comes,” McIlroy said. “If that means having to scrap it out with a couple people coming down the stretch, or if I can give myself some sort of lead going down the back nine … I don’t think it would give me extra satisfaction winning by one or two or scrapping it out.”

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