The final moments Saturday at Oak Hill brought out more emotion as big putts kept falling in the PGA Championship, with one big difference. These putts were for par.
Jim Furyk, after striking a poor 3-wood off the 18th tee, curled a 15-foot putt from the fringe into the cup to salvage a one-shot lead heading into the final round, emphatically shaking his fist.
Adam Scott knocked in a 15-foot putt for par on the 17th hole, bowed his head and pumped his fist. And then there was Jason Dufner, whose disappointment turned to surprise on the 18th hole when he took a step toward the cup to tap in a missed putt and watched gravity pull it into the hole for a par that put him in the final group.
Sweden’s odds of winning a Major have never been this high with British Open runner-up Henrik Stenson in the penultimate group with Jonas Blixt.
Tiger Woods will have to wait eight more months to end his Major drought. His 73 was a shocker, mainly because he was coming off an eight-shot win at Firestone.
British Open champion Phil Mickelson’s 78 matched his highest score ever in the PGA Championship.
Scott knows how unpredictable a final round can be. He was four up with four to play at last year’s British Open and watched Ernie Els win the Claret Jug. At
Muirfield last month, Mickelson came from five behind on the final day and won by three.
“Anything can happen,” Scott said.