KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Due to inclement weather, third-round play at the 94th PGA Championship has been suspended for the day. The horn blew at 4:50 p.m., and it took about an hour for heavy rain and thunder to reach the golf course. An announcement was made at 6:30 p.m. that play had been called.
Third-round play will resume on Sunday at 7:45 a.m. Tournament officials will then re-pair the field for the final round, and send groups of three off both the first and 10th tees, starting at 11:45 a.m. The final group is scheduled to tee off No. 1 at 1:45 p.m.
Vijay Singh is still tied for the lead, but Tiger Woods (3 over through seven holes) and Carl Pettersson (even through eight) have relinquished their share. Singh is tied at 6 under with Rory McIlroy, who had quite a dramatic day in the nine holes that he played. He one-putted his first five holes, had a drive on No. 3 get lodged in a tree, and
built a two-shot lead after five birdies over his first eight holes. But a bogey at the ninth hole, followed minutes later by Singh's birdie at No. 7, has left the two players tied.
Adam Scott, who is attempting to do what McIlroy pulled off last year -- follow a blown major with a victoroy in the next one -- is alone in third at 5 under, one shot back. Scott shot a 4-under 32 on the front nine.
Woods was out of sorts all day, so perhaps the weather delay will end up helping him. He needed only 48 putts through two rounds, but his putter has let him down in the third round, and he's been wayward with his shots, hitting two spectators on the par-4 fourth hole (and giving each a signed golf glove).
1:15 p.m.: The wind is down, and so are scores so far in the third round of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course. The final twosome of Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh is scheduled to tee off at 3 p.m.
Birdies are available, one day after 38-mile-per-hour wind gusts drove most of the field into a state of submission. The 78.10 stroke average for the second round was a tournament record by far, topping the 76.8 from the 1958 PGA.
Don't expect a similar bloodbath today, unless the conditions quickly change. There is a chance of rain in the area this afternoon, forecasted to start about the same time that Woods and Singh are scheduled to reach the first tee.
Low scores might be out there, though. Jason Dufner shot a 4-under-par 68. Justin Rose (13 holes), Steve Stricker (nine) and David Lynn (eight) are also 4 under on the day. The course is still soft -- there was more rain last night -- so with the wind down, players can be aggressive.
Saturday has plenty of possibilities. Woods is trying to do something he hasn't accomplished yet in 2012: shoot under par on the weekend at a major. He's 0-for-6 so far, his Saturday 75 at the US Open dropping him out of a tie for the lead.
Singh would become the olfest major champion in history if he's able to win, and it would be his third PGA victory (1998, 2004). Stricker and Ian Poulter are looking for their first major, while Rory McIlroy is after his second.
Should be a fun day, as long as the weather cooperates.