JOHNS CREEK, GA - AUGUST 14: Keegan Bradley speaks with the media after winning a three-hole playoff over Jason Dufner during the final round of the 93rd PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club on August 14, 2011 in Johns Creek, Georgia. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

2011 PGA Championship: Keegan Bradley Defeats Jason Dufner In Playoff

Jason Dufner had a five-shot lead over Keegan Bradley with just a few holes to play. But Bradley closed in classic form to win the Wanamaker Trophy.

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PGA Championship Purse: Keegan Bradley Takes Home $1.4 Million Payout

Before 2011, Keegan Bradley was more or less a complete unknown to anyone who was not a hardcore golf follower. On Sunday, the 25-year-old up and comer made a massive name for himself, defeating Jason Dufner in a three-hole playoff to win the 2011 PGA Championship. For his efforts, Bradley not only shot up to 29th in the World Golf Rankings, but also got to take home a big fat check worth over $1.4 million. The payouts for the other golfers weren't too shabby either.

Dufner, the runner-up, earned $865,000 for his troubles. Everyone who finished tied for 12th place or higher, a total of 18 golfers, took home paychecks in the six figures. The lowest placed golfers who made the cut, Rory Sabbatini and Shaun Micheel, took home $14,550.

Click here for a complete list of payouts. For more post-tournament updates, keep it here at this storystream or visit our golf blog Waggle Room.

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PGA Championship 2011: Jason Dufner Tries To Look Past Disappointing Finish

With only four holes left in the 2011 PGA Championship, Jason Dufner looked well on his way to winning his first major. Then he bogeyed 15. And 16. And 17. And all of a sudden he found himself in a three-hole playoff with Keegan Bradley. It was Bradley who emerged victorious in the 93rd PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

For Dufner, the meltdown is among the most swift and agonizing in major championship history. However, Dufner said afterward that he doesn't expect this to become the defining moment of his career:

"Maybe looking back 10, 15 years from now, I'll feel disappointment that I let this one get away if I never get another chance. I've got a feeling that I'm going to have some chances in some majors and some other golf tournaments to close one out."

“Coming from where I came from, to be in this position, it’s a dream come true,” Dufner said. "I could have never imagined playing in major championships. I’m not going to let this define my career.”

Fair enough and one thinks he's right about that. However, it's hard to believe the way this one got away from him doesn't sting.

For more post-tournament updates throughout the tournament, keep it here at this storystream or visit our golf blog Waggle Room.

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Tour Rookie Keegan Bradley Wins The PGA Championship In Three-Hole Playoff

For the second year in a row, the PGA Championship came down to a playoff. This time, the winner was rookie Keegan Bradley, who was five strokes behind then-leader Jason Dufner with three holes to play. Bradley birdied the first hole in the three-hole playoff, then made par on the second and third to clinch the Wanamaker Trophy in his first ever major tournament.

Bradley birdied 16 and made an unbelievable putt on 17 to force a playoff with the collapsing Dufner, who bogeyed 15, 16 and 17 to let Bradley in the door. Bradley just happened to blast through it.

This is Bradley's first year on tour, and he'd already won the Byron Nelson tournament earlier in the season. Now with two victories including a major, in his first season, it's fair to say he's someone to be reckoned with moving forward.

Entering Thursday at the PGA Championship, all the talk was about noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods' first major tournament since the Master's in April. And rightfully so. Nobody drives the dialogue quite like Tiger when he's on the golf course, where he belongs

Other notable stories were Rory McIlroy and his wrist injury, Steve Stricker's record-tying 63 in the first round, and, eventually Tiger Woods' complete implosion, missing the cut by mile. 

Once the weekend came around, though, the storylines finally began to shift to who would actually win this thing, or rather, who could take home the Wanamaker Trophy. Every player who rose to the top of the leaderboard — Stricker, Brendan Steele, Shaun Micheel — fell from that perch more spectacularly than they climbed to it.

Dufner had missed the cut in his previous four tournaments. What's more, he had never won a tournament in his entire time on the PGA Tour. It didn't matter.

As his competitors rose and fell, Dufner stayed consistent atop the leaderboard, failing to record a single bogey in the first 14 holes. Meanwhile, his top challenger, Bradley, had triple-bogeyed 15 to give Dufner a five-stroke lead going into the final four holes.

Those final four holes had been the bane of every golfer in Jones Creek, Ga. There's water on all of them, the greens were lightning fast, and the wind was unpredictable. None of that had seemed to phase Dufner, who had been the picture of calmness, rarely wavering from his poker face.

Then, on his tee shot at the par-3 15, he hit water. Though he managed to save the hole with just a bogey, he would bogey the next two holes while Bradley was mounting his resounding comeback.

It's worth mentioning that Bradley is the first golfer to ever win a major championship using a long putter. He's also the first rookie to win two tournaments, including a major, since Todd Hamilton in 2004, which, you know, isn't the greatest of signs.

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PGA Championship 2011: Keegan Bradley Holds Two-Shot Lead Over Jason Dufner After Second Playoff Hole

Keegan Bradley looks like he will win the 2011 PGA Championship following his second playoff hole against Jason Dufner: a solid Bradley par and a Dufner bogey has the tour rookie leading by two shots.

Dufner’s bogey was his fourth in his last six holes. He held a five-shot lead heading to the 15th hole in his final round, but three consecutive bogeys and two Bradley birdies erased that lead posthaste.

Now both players will move on to No. 18, where each made par in the final round. Both Bradley and Dufner needed long lag putts to get close enough to two-putt for par.

If Bradley can avoid disaster on the par-3 18th hole, he should have the Wanamaker Trophy in his grasp within an hour.

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PGA Championship 2011: Keegan Bradley Birdies First Playoff Hole, Takes One-Stroke Lead Over Jason Dufner

In the first of three playoff holes, tour rookie Keegan Bradley and unknown Jason Dufner traded dead-on tee shots, then traded incredible approach shots, both within 15 feet of the hole. Heck, Dufner was a few inches from chipping in from more than 150 yards away.

It was Dufner who blinked first, though, just hooking his birdie putt left by a hair. Bradley sunk his birdie putt — he was slightly closer than Dufner — and now has a one-stroke lead going into hole 17, where just an hour ago, he hit the best putt of the tournament, a 30+-foot birdie putt to essentially force this playoff.

Both have teed off at the par-3 17th, and Bradley looks to be in control after nailing his tee shot within 20 feet of the hole. Dufner pushed his shot right, and will have a difficult two-putt, and a damn-near impossible birdie putt, to try to keep pace.

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PGA Championship 2011: Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley Will Have A Three-Hole Playoff To Decide Tournament

After a stunningly long birdie putt fell on hole 17 for Keegan Bradley followed back-to-back-to-back bogeys by Jason Dufner on holes 15-17 brought the two golfers to a tie on the 18th hole at 8-under apiece.

Bradley and Dufner played the hole identically, both kicking their drives onto fairway off the slope of a bunker, then landing their second shots on the green more than 40 feet away from the hole, but safely clearing the water that consumed so many aggressive iron shots.

Both safely two-putted for par, and both will compete in a three-hole playoff — winner will have the better aggregate score — on the treacherous holes 16, 17 and 18. Martin Kaymer won last year's tournament in the same format, but he was much more of a known entity than Dufner and Bradley are.

The golf world will have a new champion very soon, and one thing can be assured about the winner — no one will know very much about him.

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Jason Dufner Bogeys 15, 16 And 17, Opens Door For Keegan Bradley

Jason Dufner had a four-stroke lead after hole 14, when he watched Keegan Bradley triple bogey 15. Then, Dufner hit in the water on 15, too, but managed to save the hole with a bogey.

Saving is not how you'd describe his next two holes, as he went bogey-bogey to open the door for Keegan Bradley, who proceeded to birdie 16 and 17, bringing the PGA Championship down to the wire.

Bradley proceeded to par 18, finishing his round at -8. Dufner has a long, long birdie attempt to try to win, and will need to two-putt to force a playoff. Playoff scoring rules is the best three-hole aggregate score wins, not a sudden-death hole-by-hole like many tournaments.

This championship will come down to Dufner's ability to make putts in the clutch. Bradley already proved he can do just that.

For the update on the conclusion of the tournament, check back with this storystream. For the full leaderboard, head over to the PGA's official website.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard Update: Jason Dufner Moves Two Shots Ahead

Jason Dufner has never won a tournament on the PGA tour. In fact, in his last four tournaments, he's missed the cut every time.

Yet, on Sunday afternoon at Atlanta Athletic Club, Jason Dufner will enter the brutal last few holes of the PGA Championship, where many would-be contenders have imploded, at -11, two strokes ahead of Keegan Bradley (-9) and four ahead of Robert Karlsson, who bogeyed 16, and Anders Hansen (-7).

Dufner will be the unlikeliest of major champions if he can survive holes 14-18 — as tall a task as there is to climb to the top of the golf mountain. One thing's for sure: whoever wins this tournament will have really, really earned it. Chances are, we haven't seen the last twist on this leaderboard.

For continuous updates on Dufner and Co.'s final holes keep it here at this storystream. For the full leaderboard for the PGA Championship, visit the PGA's official website here.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard Update: Keegan Bradley Hits Eagle, Is Tied For Lead

Keegan Bradley has just made a major move on just one shot, surging to a tie at the top of the 2011 PGA Championship leaderboard with an eagle on the par-five 12th hole. He is now at 9-under par, tied with Jason Dufner and one shot ahead of Robert Karlsson, who also eagles No. 12.

Bradley put himself in position for an eagle putt when he hit his second shot to within only a couple feet of the hole. He tapped in for the eagle putt easily, and now pushes on to No. 13. Karlsson hit a par on No. 13 to remain one shot off the pace with five holes to go.

Anders Hansen is still in the picture, though, after hitting a birdie on No. 12 to move to 7-under. He is two shots off the lead. David Toms and Scott Verplank remain at 6-under.

For more updates throughout the tournament, keep it here at this storystream. For the full leaderboard, visit the PGA's official website.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard Update: Robert Karlsson Moving Up, Just One Shot Back Of Lead

What a day it's been for Robert Karlsson at the 2011 PGA Championship. The Sweedish golfer began the day well down the PGA Championship leaderboard, but has surged all the way up to just one shot off the lead of Jason Dufner. Karlsson is six-under on the day and just hit an eagle on the par-five 12th hole.

Overall, Karlsson is at 8-under, one shot behind Dufner. Dufner remains at nine-under after the front nine and is at two-under on the day. Keegan Bradley has fallen back to seven-under after bogeying the par-four ninth. Anders Hansen is alone in fourth place at six-under, while David Toms and Scott Verplank are tied for fifth at five-under.

Can Karlsson really come back and win this event? It would be one heck of a story, that's for sure.

For more updates throughout the tournament, keep it here at this storystream. For the full leaderboard, visit the PGA's official website.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard Update: Jason Dufner leads, Keegan Bradley In Pursuit

Steady as she goes for PGA Championship leader Jason Dufner who, has birdied two of his past three holes to storm to 9-under ahead of Keegan Bradley, at 8-under, to lead the tournament at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Dufner and Bradley have been unable to separate themselves from the pack as Swede Robert Karlsson is 6-under, and there's a host of dangerous names threatening, such as the world's top-ranked player, Luke Donald (-5), and Stevie Williams Adam Scott, Lee Westwood and 2001 PGA Champion David Toms  are all tied at 4-under.

After a week of double bogeys and players plummeting out of the leaderboard three times faster than they climb, the contenders appear to have figured out the difficult course. No more than Dufner, who has coolly fended off healthy challenges from Bradley and Karlsson.

For more updates throughout the tournament, keep it here at this storystream. For the full leaderboard, visit the PGA's official website.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard: Jason Dufner Alone In First, Brendan Steele Struggles Early

It's been an erratic start for many of the players atop the 2011 PGA Championship leaderboard on Sunday. The one player who has yet to drop any strokes is Jason Dufner, and he is therefore alone in first place at 7-under through four holes. Keegan Bradley and Scott Verplank are tied for second at 6-under, and Brendan Steele has dropped to 5-under.

Bradley birdied the first hole to tie Dufner for the lead, but then bogeyed the par-four third hole to fall one shot back. Steele, meanwhile, began the day tied for the lead, but bogeyed the first hole, then bogeyed the par-three fourth after hitting the ball wide of the green.

Verplank is the only member of the leaderboard that has improved, hitting a birdie on the second hole to jump up to 6-under.

The full PGA Championship Leaderboard is here, and follow this storystream for updates throughout the rest of the tournament from the Atlanta Athletic Club.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard Update: Keegan Bradley Moves Into Tie For Lead

The 2011 PGA Championship leaderboard has a new player tied for the lead. Keegan Bradley hit a birdie on the first hole, moving himself into a tie for first place with third-round leaders Jason Dufner and Brendan Steele. The previously-unknown golfer has made it clear early that he will be a part of the chase for first place.

Bradley followed up his birdie on 1 with arguably an even more impressive shot on the second hole. His second shot fell deep into a bunker far away from the hole, but Bradley hit an unbelievable shot out of it to within a couple feet from the hole to save par. That keeps Bradley at -7 for the tournament.

In addition, Scott Verplank has moved into second place all by himself at -6 with a birdie on the second hole. Elsewhere, strong starts from Luke Donald and Nick Watney have put them at -3, four shots off the lead. Trevor Immelman, Gary Woodland and Sergio Garcia are -3 on the day and have moved to -2 for the tournament.

The full PGA Championship Leaderboard is here, and follow this storystream for updates throughout the rest of the tournament from the Atlanta Athletic Club.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard Update: Pablo Larrazabal's Fourth Round Is Too Little, Too Late

The 2011 PGA Championship leaderboard won't really change at the top until later Sunday, but there are quite a few golfers that have already finished their final round at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The best score from those already in the clubhouse came from Pablo Larrazabal who scored a four-under 66 in the fourth round.

Unfortunately for the Spanish driver, Larrazabal's success came a little too late.

Larrazabal registered five birdies and just one bogey on Sunday morning, including three in a row on the back-nine, but he finished his time at the PGA Championship in a tie for 51st place -- and probably not much room for improvement. Larrazabal may have had a chance to challenge the leaders if his six-over third round hadn't happened, but unfortunately for him, it did.

As far as the actual leaders, Jason Dufner and Brendan Steele will tee-off at 2:40 p.m. ET as they try to break their first place tie.

The full PGA Championship Leaderboard is here, and follow this storystream for updates throughout the rest of the tournament from the Atlanta Athletic Club.

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PGA Championship 2011: Leaderboard, TV Coverage And Tee Times For Sunday

With 18 holes to play in the 2011 PGA Championship, Brendan Steele and Jason Dufner are tied atop the leaderboard and one-shot clear of the field. The two will join each other for the final round, playing in the Sunday's final group at Atlanta Athletic Club. And after a wild three days that saw Tiger Woods miss the cut, Rory McIlroy injure his wrist hitting off a branch and many of the favorites falter, Sunday promises to be both action-packed and unpredictable.

Dufner worked his way back into the lead after bogeys on the 12th and 14th hole put him at even-par for the round on Sunday. He bounced-back with birdies on the 15th and 16th, two of the toughest holes on the course, while playing the final four holes at 2-under.

Steele, on the other hand, put together one of the best rounds of the day, carding a 4-under 66 to get to 7-under for the tournament. His round included seven birdies, a double-bogey and a bogey on 18 that prevented him from holding the lead by himself into the final round.

Coverage of the final round begins at 11 a.m. EDT on TNT. At 2 p.m. EDT, coverage will shift to CBS, where it will stay until the conclusion of the tournament.

Here are the final round tee times, courtesy of the PGA Tour.

8:10 AM  ENG Paul Casey   
8:20 AM  USA Sean O'Hair  USA Shaun Micheel 
8:30 AM  ITA Edoardo Molinari  USA Ryan Moore 
8:40 AM  SWE Peter Hanson  ESP Pablo Larrazabal 
8:50 AM  KOR Y.E. Yang  USA Rickie Fowler 
9:00 AM  IRL Padraig Harrington  USA Michael Bradley 
9:10 AM  ENG Ross Fisher  NIR Rory McIlroy 
9:20 AM  ARG Andres Romero  KOR Seung-yul Noh 
9:30 AM  USA Davis Love III  USA Zach Johnson 
9:40 AM  USA Ricky Barnes  RSA Rory Sabbatini 
9:50 AM  USA Robert Garrigus  USA Kevin Streelman 
10:00 AM  ESP Miguel Angel Jimenez  SWE Johan Edfors 
10:10 AM  KOR K.T. Kim  USA Mike Small 
10:20 AM  JPN Yuta Ikeda  USA John Rollins 
10:30 AM  USA Harrison Frazar  USA Charles Howell III 
10:50 AM  ITA Matteo Manassero  AUS Robert Allenby 
11:00 AM  USA Chris Kirk  USA Bryce Molder 
11:10 AM  USA Jerry Kelly  VEN Jhonattan Vegas 
11:20 AM  ENG Ian Poulter  USA Johnson Wagner 
11:30 AM  KOR K.J. Choi  USA Bubba Watson 
11:40 AM  ENG Simon Dyson  USA Mark Wilson 
11:50 AM  USA Gary Woodland  RSA Trevor Immelman 
12:00 PM  ENG Brian Davis  USA Kevin Na 
12:10 PM  USA Brandt Jobe  USA Bill Lunde 
12:20 PM  ESP Sergio Garcia  USA Scott Piercy 
12:30 PM  USA Phil Mickelson  USA Ryan Palmer 
12:40 PM  USA Matt Kuchar  USA Bill Haas 
12:50 PM  ITA Francesco Molinari  SWE Alexander Noren 
1:00 PM  USA Jim Furyk  USA Hunter Mahan 
1:10 PM  ZIM Brendon de Jonge  ENG Lee Westwood 
1:30 PM  ENG Luke Donald  USA Spencer Levin 
1:40 PM  USA Ben Crane  USA Nick Watney 
1:50 PM  AUS Adam Scott  AUS John Senden 
2:00 PM  RSA Charl Schwartzel  SWE Robert Karlsson 
2:10 PM  USA D.A. Points  USA David Toms 
2:20 PM  USA Steve Stricker  DEN Anders Hansen 
2:30 PM  USA Keegan Bradley  USA Scott Verplank 
2:40 PM  USA Brendan Steele  USA Jason Dufner 

 

You can see the full PGA Championship Leaderboard here, and follow this storystream for updates throughout the rest of the tournament from the Atlanta Athletic Club.

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PGA Championship 2011: Leaderboard Heading Into Sunday's Final Round

The third round of the 2011 PGA Championship is in the books and the top of the leaderboard may look unfamiliar to most casual fans. Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are nowhere to be seen -- the latter of which didn't make the cut -- and the rest of the players atop the leaderboard are far from household names. Atlanta Athletic Club has turned a field of elite professional golfers upside-down, chewing them up and spitting them out.

Brendan Steele and Jason Dufner lead at 7-under, followed closely by Keegan Bradley, who sits one shot back at 6-under for the tournament. Looking further down the leaderboard, Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Adam Scott are among a group at 2-under, tied for eighth place.

To find a few of the more recognizable names, one has to look at the group at 1-under through 54 holes. Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Jim Furyk, who had a disastrous 18th hole, are each six shots off the pace with just 18 holes to go. Mickelson is at even-par for the tournament, in a tie for 20th on the leaderboard. From where they are now, it's going to take a hard charge on Sunday coupled with the leaders faltering for either to have a shot at the PGA Championship.

Here's a look at the top-8 and ties, courtesy of the PGA Tour.

T1 6 Brendan Steele  -7 F -4 69 68 66 - 203
T1 - Jason Dufner  -7 F -2 70 65 68 - 203
3 2 Keegan Bradley -6 F -1 71 64 69 - 204
4 1 Scott Verplank  -5 F -1 67 69 69 - 205
5 2 Steve Stricker  -4 F -1 63 74 69 - 206
T6 1 Anders Hansen  -3 F E 68 69 70 - 207
T6 3 D.A. Points  -3 F +1 69 67 71 - 207
T8 45 David Toms -2 F -5 72 71 65 - 208
T8 31 Charl Schwartzel -2 F -4 71 71 66 - 208
T8 18 Robert Karlsson  -2 F -3 70 71 67 - 208
T8 3 Adam Scott  -2 F E 69 69 70 - 208
T8 5 John Senden  -2 F +2 68 68 72 - 208

 

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PGA Championship Leaderboard: Jason Dufner, Brendan Steele Enter Final Round Tied For First

Jason Dufner and Brendan Steele will be the last golfers on the course on Sunday at the PGA Championship after turning in excellent third rounds on Saturday. Steele carded a 4-under 66, one of the best rounds of the day, to push his score to 7-under, coming from behind to nab a share of the lead. Dufner, playing in Saturday's final pairing, recorded birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 to card a third-round 68 to get to 7-under for the tournament, as well.

Keegan Bradley is in hot pursuit of the leaders after carding a 1-under 69 while playing alongside Dufner. Bradley is at 6-under for the tournament and one-shot back of the lead heading into the final round. Scott Verplank finished his round with a flourish on Saturday, pushing his score to 5-under for the tournament, good for fourth-place.

Steve Stricker is alone in fifth at 4-under after a third-round 69. Jim Furyk stepped to 18 in contention and at 3-under for the tournament, only to see two balls go in the water before he finally escaped his round with a double-bogey, dropping his score to 3-over for the day and 1-under for the tournament. Phil Mickelson is at even-par for the tournament after a round of 69.

The field gets back at it on Sunday morning for the final 18 holes of the 2011 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard: Jason Dufner Cruising, Brendan Steele In With The Lead

Jason Dufner is still flying down the home-stretch of the third round in the PGA Championship, making the last four holes look easy so far. Dufner birdied the 15th and 16th holes with excellent approaches and putts, doing something few have done at Atlanta Athletic Club. On 17, after hitting a superb tee-shot into the par three, Dufner just barely missed a birdie, with his putt failing to fall by the slimmest of margins. Instead, he walked away with a par, and still shares the lead.

Brendan Steele is in the clubhouse with the lead after carding a third-round 66. Steele sits at 7-under for the tournament and is looking like a seasoned veteran at the PGA Championship, not a man playing in his first major. He'll likely play in the final group of the day on Sunday, barring something miraculous.

Keegan Bradley, playing in the final group, is in third, all by himself at 6-under. Scott Verplank is alone in fourth at 5-under for the tournament after recording birdies on two of the final four holes.

You can see the full PGA Championship Leaderboard here, and follow this storystream for updates throughout the day Saturday on Round 3 from the Atlanta Athletic Club.

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2011 PGA Championship: Jason Dufner On Fire, Tied Atop Leaderboard

All of a sudden, here comes Jason Dufner at the PGA Championship. The man with the weird waggle that closely resembles that of any amateur is on fire on back-nine and has suddenly vaulted up the leaderboard and into a tie for first-place. Dufner walked off the 15th green with a birdie to get to 6-under, then did it again on 16 to push his score to 7-under, tied with Brendan Steele for the lead. Remember: these are the beginning of a difficult four-hole stretch that has eaten golfers alive throughout the day.

Meanwhile on the 18th hole, the CBS announcers are begging golfers to hit the fairway, and none have obliged recently. The leaders are making an absolute mess of the finishing hole at Atlanta Athletic Club, and it hasn't been pretty. Jim Furyk rinsed two of his balls before almost jarring his third shot of the day, and will have a look at double-bogey. As we said earlier, this could be a preview of Sunday, when the winner may be the player who is able to limp away from the final four holes with but a flesh wound.

The third round of the PGA Championship is almost in the books, with Jason Dufner and Brendan Steele currently tied atop the leaderboard.

You can see the full PGA Championship Leaderboard here, and follow this storystream for updates throughout the day Saturday on Round 3 from the Atlanta Athletic Club.

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PGA Championship 2011: Leaders Enter Tricky Stretch Of Final Four Holes

The leaders of the 2011 PGA Championship are on the final four holes, and this could serve as a preview of Sunday. On the Atlanta Athletic Club course, holes 15 through 18 are a monstrous stretch, with hazards everywhere and big scores lurking should a player miss their spots. Playing the last four at even-par is great, and could win the championship for any of those who are able to brave the tough stretch while in contention on Sunday.

But for now, it's Brendan Steele hanging on for dear life, navigating 15 and 16 expertly. The finish line for Saturday's third round is in sight for Steele, and if he's able to avoid the big number, he'll sleep with the lead and play in the final group. Behind him, Keegan Bradley is chasing, two shots back of the lead through 15 holes. His playing partner, Jason Dufner, is also two shots back after carding a rare birdie on No. 15. Both are at 6-under for the tournament.

Steve Stricker and D.A. Points currently sit in a tie for fourth with Scott Verplank at 4-under for the tournament. A lot could change in the next half-hour or so as each of the final groups navigate the finishing stretch at the PGA Championship.

You can see the full PGA Championship Leaderboard here, and follow this storystream for updates throughout the day Saturday on Round 3 from the Atlanta Athletic Club.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard: Brendan Steele Surges To Top, Two Shots Clear

Brendan Steele suddenly finds himself alone atop the leaderboard at the 2011 PGA Championship as he continues to surge in Saturday's third round. Steele is through 15 holes and 5-under for the day, moving to 8-under for the tournament. With a strong round going, he has a cushion to work with, holding a two-shot advantage over the field.

Steele is chased by Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley, who are each at 6-under for the tournament. The two are playing together in the final group of the day after tying for the lead through two rounds. Both players are at 1-under for the day and 6-under for the tournament.

Jim Furyk and John Senden are tied for fourth on the leaderboard at 5-under for the tournament, three shots back of Steele. Steve Stricker and D.A. Points are at 4-under for the tournament, with Brandt Jobe, Anders Hansen and Scott Verplank chasing at 3-under.

You can see the full PGA Championship Leaderboard here, and follow this storystream for updates throughout the day Saturday on Round 3 from the Atlanta Athletic Club.

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PGA Championship 2011: Brendan Steele, Jason Dufner Tied Atop Leaderboard

The unlikeliest of golfers sit atop the PGA Championship leaderboard midway through Saturday's third round, but in a week that's seen Tiger Woods miss the cut and many of the other contenders falter, it should come at no surprise. Brendan Steele and Jason Dufner are two shots clear of the field during Saturday's round, sharing the lead at 7-under for the tournament. Steele is through 12 holes while Dufner, playing in the final group, is through 10.

Jim Furyk is climbing the leaderboard, currently in a tie for third at 5-under for the tournament. He's joined in third-place by Keegan Bradley, who opened his day with a double-bogey after sharing the lead through 36 holes. The two are one-shot clear of Steve Stricker, who sits alone in fifth place.

Looking further down the leaderboard, Phil Mickelson is 1-under for the day and even-par for the tournament, good for a share of 21st place. Lee Westwood and Luke Donald are each at 1-under for the tournament and in a tie for 15th. Tiger Woods is at home.

You can see the full PGA Championship Leaderboard here, and follow this storystream for updates throughout the day Saturday on Round 3 from the Atlanta Athletic Club.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard Update: Brendan Steele Surges Into Tie For Lead

The 2011 PGA Championship leaderboard is starting to see some movement now that the men on top after the second round have teed off. One such player has made a pretty big move to tie for the lead. Brendan Steele, who started the day two shots off the lead, has surged to the top of the leaderboard after shooting -3 on his first 11 holes. Steele is currently at -6 and shares the lead with Jason Dufner.

Dufner and Keegan Bradley shared the lead after the second round. Thus far, Dufner has shot a -1 on the day through nine holes, while Bradley is even. Jim Furyk has moved into a tie for second at -5. Five players follow at -3, including Lee Westwood, who is -2 on the day through 12 holes.

Earlier, David Toms, Charl Schwartzel and Robert Karlsson made big moves, and all are tied with three others at -2. Toms shot a five-under 65, while Schwartzel fired a four-under 66.

You can see the full PGA Championship Leaderboard here, and follow this storystream for updates throughout the day Saturday on Round 3 from the Atlanta Athletic Club.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard: David Toms Climbing After 65 In Round 3

The 2011 PGA Championship's leaderboard has yet to see too much change considering just 27 golfers are through the third round. David Toms did what he could to change that and make his way to the top, however, by shooting a five-under 65 as part of Saturday's first group.

Toms is currently in a tie for 11th place on the leaderboard, but he could still move up if any of the top ten guys struggle when they tee off later Saturday afternoon.

Toms ascent 41 spots up the leaderboard came largely by way of a strong back-nine. He was able to nail an eagle on the 551-yard, par 5 Hole 12 to make up two strokes and then proceeded to birdie Holes 13, 14 and 18 to head into the clubhouse six strokes better than his showing on Friday.

Other golfers in the early group that did well on Saturday include Ben Crane and Hunter Mahan who both scored a four-under 66, Italy's Francesco Molinari with a 67 and Alexander Noren's 2-under 68.

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PGA Championship 2011: Tiger Woods Says He Showed 'Signs' Of Hitting Well Despite Missing Cut

Noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods' 2011 PGA Championship probably could not have gone worse. Woods missed the cut after shooting 10-over par in the first two days of the tournament. It is the first time Woods missed the cut in 14 career PGA Championship starts.

For the most part, Woods was disappointed in his performance. However, he did also have some degree of optimism, even in a horrendous finish. Via Reuters.

"I showed signs that I can hit the ball exactly how I know I can. And unfortunately I just didn't do it enough times," he said.

"The changes I'm making, I'm hitting the ball further, and that's something I have to adjust for. I have way more compression now than I ever had, so the ball is now coming off cleaner, faster, and I've got to get used to that," he added.

Woods certainly is trying to pump himself up after a disastrous performance, but it is still odd to see him find something positive in his weekend.

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PGA Championship 2011: Tee Times, TV Information And More For Saturday's Third Round

Day two of the PGA Championship is in the books and the leaderboard is filled with unfamiliar faces. Tiger Woods is not among the competitors set to navigate the course on Saturday after two dismal days left him way outside the cut line. The missed cut is just Woods' third in a major, and first since 2009.

Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley are tied atop the leaderboard after finishing their Fridays at 5-under for the tournament. The two are being chased by a group of four at 4-under, including Jim Furyk and Scott Verplank. Among the other notables: Rory McIlroy is at 3-over and playing with an injured wrist, Phil Mickelson is plodding along at 1-over and Lee Westwood is at 1-under.

Third round action begins at 8:20 a.m. as Paul Casey tees-off by himself at Atlanta Athletic Club. Coverage begins at 11 a.m. on TNT before switching to CBS at 2 p.m. for the conclusion of the round.

Here are the tee times for Saturday's round.

8:20 AM  ENG Paul Casey   
8:30 AM  USA Kevin Streelman  ITA Edoardo Molinari 
8:40 AM  USA John Rollins  USA Ryan Moore 
8:50 AM  KOR K.T. Kim  USA Sean O'Hair 
9:00 AM  USA Michael Bradley  USA Ricky Barnes 
9:10 AM  USA Shaun Micheel  USA Hunter Mahan 
9:20 AM  USA Chris Kirk  KOR Y.E. Yang 
9:30 AM  KOR K.J. Choi  USA Mike Small 
9:40 AM  USA Ben Crane  USA David Toms 
9:50 AM  USA Zach Johnson  ITA Francesco Molinari 
10:10 AM  NIR Rory McIlroy  USA Bryce Molder 
10:20 AM  ESP Pablo Larrazabal  USA Rickie Fowler 
10:30 AM  ESP Miguel Angel Jimenez  SWE Alexander Noren 
10:40 AM  USA Bubba Watson  ENG Ian Poulter 
10:50 AM  USA Bill Lunde  IRL Padraig Harrington 
11:00 AM  SWE Peter Hanson  ENG Brian Davis 
11:10 AM  ARG Andres Romero  ITA Matteo Manassero 
11:20 AM  RSA Charl Schwartzel  USA Matt Kuchar 
11:30 AM  RSA Rory Sabbatini  AUS Robert Allenby 
11:40 AM  USA Nick Watney  USA Bill Haas 
12:00 PM  USA Spencer Levin  ENG Luke Donald 
12:10 PM  KOR Seung-yul Noh  USA Phil Mickelson 
12:20 PM  USA Ryan Palmer  USA Kevin Na 
12:30 PM  ESP Sergio Garcia  USA Harrison Frazar 
12:40 PM  SWE Johan Edfors  SWE Robert Karlsson 
12:50 PM  USA Charles Howell III  JPN Yuta Ikeda 
1:00 PM  ENG Ross Fisher  USA Robert Garrigus 
1:10 PM  ZIM Brendon de Jonge  USA Gary Woodland 
1:20 PM  RSA Trevor Immelman  ENG Simon Dyson 
1:30 PM  USA Johnson Wagner  USA Mark Wilson 
1:50 PM  USA Scott Piercy  USA Davis Love III 
2:00 PM  USA Jerry Kelly  ENG Lee Westwood 
2:10 PM  VEN Jhonattan Vegas  AUS Adam Scott 
2:20 PM  USA Steve Stricker  USA Brandt Jobe 
2:30 PM  DEN Anders Hansen  USA Brendan Steele 
2:40 PM  USA Jim Furyk  USA Scott Verplank 
2:50 PM  USA D.A. Points  AUS John Senden 
3:00 PM  USA Jason Dufner  USA Keegan Bradley 


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2011 PGA Championship: Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley Top Leaderboard At 5-Under

Friday's second round of the 2011 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club is in the books and two golfers are tied atop the leaderboard.

Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley are your leaders heading into the weekend at 5-under.

Dufner shot 5-under the day to get here, shooting his best between the 9th an 13th holes, in which he had four birdies. Dufner is looking for his first PGA Tour win. He came close in the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year. He finished tied for fifth at the PGA Championship last year.

Bradley was the big mover of the day, shooting 6-under to get here. He finished the day with no bogeys and spread his birdies out across the entire day for a very even, well-played round. Bradley is searching for his second win of the year after previously winning the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Thursday's leader Scott Stricker faded into the pack after shooting 4-over and ending the day 3-under overall.

Scott Verplank was atop the leaderboard for a while Friday but faded late, bogeying 14 and 16 and finishing 4-under. Five golfers are tied at 4-under in third place.

Check out the full leaderboard here.

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PGA Championship Cut Line: Tiger Woods Headed Home After Disastrous Two Rounds

Noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods isn't too enthusiastic after his performance in the first two rounds in the 2011 PGA Championship. After a disasterous 7-over on Thursday, Tiger shot 3-over to finish 10-over par overall and for the first time in his career, Woods will miss the cut at a PGA Championship in 14 tries.

It only the fourth time Woods has missed the cut at a major championship, though they are starting to become slightly more frequent. He failed to make the cut at the 1996 Masters, the 2006 U.S. Open and the 2009 British Open. Missing the cut also means Woods will not qualify for the Tour's FedEx Cup playoff series.

Tiger hit five double bogeys in his first 30 holes at Atlanta Athletics Club, the first time he's ever had five double-bogeys in any tournament as a professional. Tiger did save some face by knocking down birdies on 13 and 15, but it was too little too late. A bogey on the final hole was insult to injury.

Now Tiger will have to think about his immediate future plans. With no FedEx Cup, he can continue playing overseas and already has some Australian and Asian appearances lined up. It is possible, however, that he has played his final PGA event for 2011.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard Update: Scott Verplank Takes Lead As Steve Stricker Fades

The second day of the 2011 PGA Championship is well underway and we have a new leader. Scott Verplank is 3-under on the day and has moved into the top spot with a 6-under overall score on the 13th hole.

Verplank's move to the top was almost marred by a bogey on 9 but he got it back with a birdie on 12.

Verplank's lead is tenuous, however, as Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley are just a shot back at 5-under. Dufner is in the clubhouse while Bradley is on 17.

Yesterday's leader, Scott Stricker, has shot 3-over on the day so far and currently finds himself tied with three other golfers at 4-under overall.

Some golfers making a run today include Bradley (6-under), Dufner (5-under) and Jim Furyk (4-under).

Tiger Woods will not make the cut as he's added to yesterday's 7-over by shooting 2-over so far on the day. Woods is on the 17th hole.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard Update: Steve Stricker Challenged, Tiger Woods Struggling

Steve Stricker is receiving a stiff challenge atop the leaderboard. Four men sit in second place at four-under overall. Included in that list is Adam Scott who, with caddie Steve Williams in tow, birdied three of his first five holes before hitting par on his next six.  D.A. Points, Jerry Kelley and Scott Verplank join Scott at four-under for the tournament, pushing them closer to Stricker, who, after a bogey on six, is plus-one for the day and at plus-six overall. 

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods continues to struggle, including a terrible attempt at a 20-foot putt on the seventh hole. A birdie on eight saved some face, but he still has a long way to go to even hope of making the cut. The projected cut is currently at four-over. Woods, one-over through eight holes and plus-eight overall, needs to find his swing quickly. 

Here is the top of the standings through 4:00 Eastern:

1. Steve Stricker (-6)

2. D.A. Points (-4)

2. Adam Scott

2. Jerry Kelley

2. Scott Verplank

6. Anders Hansen (-3)

6. Davis Love III

6. John Senden 

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2011 PGA Championship: Tiger Woods Stumbles On Day One

Tiger Woods stumbled through his second-worst round ever at a major on Day 1 of the PGA Championship, shooting a 77 on Thursday. Only the 81 he shot at the 2002 British Open was worse. He now sits 14 shots off the lead behind leader Steve Stricker, with the cut looming after Friday's second round of play.

Woods said he got away from the mechanics of his new swing, trying to explain his poor performance. He has seemingly lost trust in his swing, leading to overly cautious play.

"My shots don't shape like they used to," Woods said. "I aim left for a fade and it doesn't move. It moves about a yard or 2 and I'm used to having it cut a lot more than that. And my draw used to move a lot more than that. So it's hard for me right now to aim close to flags or closer to where I want the ball to end up."

Woods bogeyed five of his first nine holes, with three double bogeys on the day. Meanwhile Stricker shot a seven-under 63, tying the record low in major championship history.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard (Update): Steve Strickler Leads Heading Into Second Day

After the first day of the 2011 PGA Championship, Steve Strickler leads by two strokes over Jerry Kelly, with Shaun Micheel and Scott Verplank next on the leaderboard, followed by a crowd at -2. Adam Scott is as -1, while Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and others are at even. Here's a look at the leaders.

1. Steve Strickler -7 / 63
2. Jerry Kelly -5 / 65
3. Shaun Micheel -4 /66
4. Scott Verplank -3 / 67
5. Brendon de Jonge -2 / 68
5. Matteo Manassero
5. Davis Love III
5. John Senden
5. Bill Haas
5. Brandt Jobe
5. Anders Hansen
5. Simon Dyson
13. Bob Sowards -1 / 69
13. Adam Scott
13. Stewart Cink
13. Brendan Steele
13. Brian Davis
13. Miguel Angel Jimenez
13. Mark Wilson
13. Trevor Immelman
13. D.A. Points
13. Ricky Barnes
23. Gary Woodland E / 70
23. Jason Dufner
23. Luke Donald
23. Nick Watney
23. K.J. Choi
23. Robert Garrigus
23. Alexander Noren
23. Pablo Larrazabal
23. Jhonattan Vegas
23. Robert Karlsson
23. Rory McIlroy
23. Camilo Villegas
23. Michael Bradley

Phil Mickelson is among those at +1. Tiger Woods, meanwhile, had a tough first day with an awful +7, and is ranked 129th.

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PGA Championship 2011: Tee Times For Friday

After Steve Stricker tied a record for lowest carded score at a major championship — and noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods did pretty much the exact opposite — it's time for Round 2 of 2011's last major, the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

All of the tee times from Thursday's round are flip-flopped, as per usual. The tournament kicks off at 7:30 a.m. EDT, but no golfers of any serious interest (Sorry, Johnson Wagner, and your hilarious name) tee off before 7:55 a.m., when Anthony Kim and Ernie Els, both at +4, shove off on the back nine.

Shortly following them, also from the back nine, will be a host of powerhouse names. At 8:05, Shaun Micheel, third on the leaderboard at -4, will make his first drive of the day in a group with Y.E. Yang (+1), the 2009 PGA Champion, and Martin Kaymer (+2). 

Of course, the two most intriguing characters of the tournament, and golf as a whole this year, are Woods and Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlory. Woods teed off in the morning yesterday, so he'll try to rebound from one of the worst rounds of his career starting at 1:45 p.m.

McIlroy will begin his quest for BMF status, after hurting his wrist and being all, "Wrist, I don't need no wrist to play no damn golf!" in shooting an even par 70 Thursday, at 8:35 a.m. with the other two 2011 major winners, Charl Schwartzel (+1) and Darren Clarke (ahem...+8). 

Other notable golfers' tee times, in chronological order: Sergio Garcia (+2) and Rickie Fowler (+4) at 8:15, Lee Westwood (+1) and Jason Day (+1) at 8:45, Stevie Williams Adam Scott (-1) and Matteo Mannassero (-2) at 1:05 p.m., second-place Jerry Kelly (-5) at 2:35 p.m. and your current two-stroke leader, 43-year-old Steve Stricker (-7) will tee it up at 2:15.

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PGA Championship 2011: Final Day 1 Leaderboard Update

The first day of the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club is in the books, and a familiar name (but not anyone you probably hoped it would be) is on top: 44-year-old Steve Stricker.

Stricker tied the single-round major championship scoring record with a 7-under 63, and he's two up on second-place Jerry Kelly (-5). Rounding out the top-10 are Shawn Micheel (-4), Scott Verplank (-3), and an eight-way tie at -2 between Brendon De Jonge, Matteo Mannassero, Davis Love III, John Senden, Bill Haas, Brandt Jobe, Anders Hanson and Simon Dyson.

There are a lot of old, familiar names in the mix, and a lot of young, strange ones (Anders? Really?), but other than Stricker, who's No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings, none of these guys figure to challenge for the championship come Sunday afternoon.

Other notables who are in contention: Stevie Williams Adam Scott, Stewart Cink and Trevor Immelman at -1, Rory McIlroy, K.J. Choi, Luke Donald, and Camilo Villegas at even par, and Phil Mickelson at +1.

The big story of the day was obviously noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods' +7 opening round, but it's not all bad for Tiger — he's tied with John Daly. Tiger was "angry" with himself after the round, and he should be; nobody likes the chin beard, man.

Other notable cellar-dwellers: Bubba Watson, Ernie Els, Anthony Kim, Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter are all at +4, Dustin Johnson and Geoff Ogilvy are at +5, British Open champion Darren Clark at +8, Lucas Glover's beard at +10, and Japanese wunderkind bringin' up the rear at +15.

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PGA Championship 2011: Shaun Micheel, Jason Day Climbing First Round Leaderboard

The 7-under, 63 that Steve Stricker shot earlier in the day at the 2011 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club has kept him atop the leaderboard all afternoon. However, two golfers are in the backstretch of runs that could cut it close.

American Shaun Micheel is 4-under on the 15th hole thanks to a birdie on 14. A strong start that include three birdies in his first five holes has Micheel in position as the only golfer still playing with a legitimate chance to overtake Stricker. Micheel is best known for his surprise victory in 2003's PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, Jason Day is currently 3-under on the 12th hole and is in the midst of a solid run that includes two birdies in the last four holes. The  Filipino-Australian who is ranked No. 7 in the world is looking for his first major victory, though he has been very consistent all year long. He has eight top-10 finish in his last 14 American starts.

Other active golfers in the mix include Anders Hansen (2-under), Simon Dyson (2-under), Trevor Immelman (2-under), Ricky Barnes (2-under) and Sean O'Hair (2-under).

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PGA Championship 2011: Tiger Woods 'Really Angry' After Calamitous First Round

Tiger Woods' return to major championship play for the first time since the 2011 Masters did not go as planned: his first round at the 2011 PGA Championship was a 7-over par 77, the worst first round in a major of his professional career.

Understandably, Woods is upset about his play.

"I’m not down. I’m really angry right now. There’s a lot of words I can use beyond that," he said.

Woods began his round by going 3-under par over his first five holes, and was near the top of the leaderboard early. Then things fell apart: Woods made double bogey on the 15th hole, his sixth, and swiftly turned a promising round into a disaster, finding 13 bunkers on the day and seemingly losing control of his game.

"Figured I was 3-under, so I could start letting go now. And it screwed up my whole round," Woods said.

It may also ruin his plans to stick around for the weekend at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Woods is 14 strokes back of leader Steve Stricker, and is already well out of contention, but he's also tied for 140th with such luminaries as Mike Northern and Faber Jamerson. Weekend play at the PGA Championship is limited to the top 70 players and ties, and Woods is five shots back of a slew of golfers tied for 78th at 2-over par.

On the bright side, John Daly's tied for 140th, too.

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Rory McIlroy Injury: Physio Works On Wrist, Tells Golfer He Can Play Through It

After teeing-off on the fifth hole, Rory McIlroy called for medical attention for his injured wrist. On the third hole, McIlroy played a shot off a root, bending the neck of his club as it made contact with the ground. Immediately after hitting the shot, the US Open champion looked to his wrist, while wincing in pain after apparently suffering some kind of injury. The problems persisted as he finished the third hole and hit his tee shot on the fourth, with medical personnel finally checking him on the fifth green.

After a few minutes of evaluation, the on-course physio told McIlroy he couldn't injure his wrist anymore by continuing to play, which seemed to comfort him a bit. McIlroy also received attention, in the form of a quick massage, in an effort to dull some of the pain. It appears his wrist injury involves a nerve as the shock-waves stretch from his hand to his shoulder.

After receiving attention, McIlroy played his third shot out of the bunker on the par five, and seemed to be swinging easier and with less pain than before. He got up-and-down from the bunker, holing his putt for birdie before walking to the next hole.

It appears McIlroy will continue to play through the pain at the PGA Championship in Atlanta. As of now, the young Irishman is through five holes and at even-par on the day.

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Rory McIlroy Injury: U.S. Open Winner Hurts Wrist During PGA Championship

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy injured his right wrist playing his second shot on the third hole of the opening round of the 93rd PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia.

McIlroy immediately let go of his club after playing his ball, which had been up against the roots of a tree. McIlroy was able to flex his wrist, and asked for an ice compress, but was continued on to bogey the hole. (Watch video of the swing and injury at PGA.com.)

"As Rory McIlroy walks toward the fourth green with his right wrist wrapped in a towel and ice, one wonders: Why is he still playing?," Washington Post golf writer Barry Svrluga asked over Twitter.

The 22-year-old continues to play and is even par through five holes. McIlroy has finished tied for third in each of the previous two PGA Championship tournaments. After winning this year's U.S. Open with a record score (-16), McIlroy entered this week as a favorite to win the last major tournament of the season.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard: Steve Stricker Takes Clubhouse Lead After Record-Tying First Round

The first round of the 2011 PGA Championship has been dominated by Tiger Woods' struggles, but Steve Stricker's dominant performance at the Atlanta Athletic Club course may be the story of the day.

Stricker fired a 7-under par 63, the best round of the day so far, and holds a two-shot lead over Jerry Kelly, still on the course, and a five-shot clubhouse lead over four golfers, including Woods' playing partner, Davis Love III.

Stricker's round was flawless: he threw in seven birdies to no bogeys, and began with birdies on his first three holes after teeing off at the 10th. Stricker finished the back nine at 5-under, then added two birdies on the front nine to get to 7-under for the tournament.

Stricker's never finished better than second in the PGA Championship — he was the runner-up in 1998 — and has only one other top-10 finish, a tie for seventh in 2006. But after his 63, which ties the major championship and PGA Championship single round scoring records (in terms of score, not relation to par), he's well-positioned to do much more this weekend.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Finishes Round Seven-Over, Steve Stricker Cruising

Oh, Tiger. Sometimes, it just isn't your day. When he started the round three-under par, it got us hoping that the old Tiger Woods might finally be back. Three double bogeys and a whole bunch of other bad holes later, Tiger is in the clubhouse after completing round one at seven-over par.

The announcers on the PGA.com feed of the tournament started talking about Woods needing some serious help to be able to play golf on the weekend. You know, despite the fact that it's still only Thursday. That's how badly he collapsed after his hot start, and though it sounds like hyperbole, Woods really is in some serious trouble of missing the weekend. Players are putting up low scores, and a round with three double bogeys just isn't going to cut it.

One of those low scores belongs to leader Steve Stricker, who is six-under par through 14 holes. Adam Scott is holding steady at three-under. Bubba Watson has also had an odd up and down day, putting together a string of four birdies in a row before later hitting five bogeys in a row. Watson sits at two-over.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard: Steve Stricker Leading, Adam Scott Chasing And Tiger Woods Struggling

It's been an interesting first round thus far in the 2011 PGA Championship, with a variety of players having very good hat streaks followed by equally abysmal cold streaks. Such is the case for both Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson, both of whom started red hot before running into some trouble. Watson hasn't quite seen the wheels fall off and is very much in contact with the top of the leaderboard, but things are going all wrong for Woods.

After starting three-under, Woods double bogeyed the 15th and 18th holes and now sits at four-over par. Watson has made three bogeys after a string of four straight birdies and sits at one-under par.

Steve Stricker currently leads, sitting at five-under through his first nine holes. Last week's winner Adam Scott is in a tie for second right behind him, and he's shooting three-under through 16 holes. Phil Mickelson is even-par through 15. Still to tee off are the likes of Martin Kaymer, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy.

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PGA Championship 2011: Tiger Woods Ends First Nine With Double-Bogey

The first round of the 2011 PGA Championship started off pretty good for Tiger Woods, but the noted golf enthusiast ended his first nine with a double-bogey to take a two-over score into the front nine at the Atlanta Athletic Club. 

Woods began Thursday's opening round on the back nine by birdying three of his first five holes, but it was pretty much all downhill quickly from there. Woods hit into the water on Hole 15 before ending it with a double-bogey, followed that up by hitting into the sand before salvaging a bogey on Hole 16 and then finally got back on track by tapping in a putt for par on the 17th hole.

On Hole 18, however, it again got ugly for Woods. Woods began the 491-yard, par-four hole by hitting the ball way to the right off of the tee, going way left into the bunker a couple of strokes later and then putting in for a double-bogey on his sixth stroke of the hole.

Tiger fans will surely be hoping for a better front nine, but if Woods is unable to rebound from his morning session, things could get ugly in a hurry.

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PGA Championship Leaderboard: Tiger Woods, Ross Fisher Making Early Gains

On Thursday morning, the 2011 PGA Championship is underway. Englishman Ross Fisher has built an early lead after a remarkable start. Noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods has also started strongly.

Fisher, who began play on the back nine, has birdied four of his first six holes to move to the top of the leaderboard at 6-under. The 30-year-old fisher has won four European Tour events, but has never won a PGA Tour event, and has never finished better than fifth in a major tournament.

After missing several tournaments while waiting for leg injuries to heal, Woods returned to action last weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational, finishing far off the lead with a 1-over score. He's off to a great start Thursday morning, however, as he stands at 2-under through his first four holes. Woods is looking for his first PGA Tour win since 2009, and the 15th major championship of his career.

Here is how the top of the leaderboard looks as of 10 a.m. Eastern:

1. Ross Fisher (-4)
2. Brendan Steele (-3)
T3. Noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods (-2)
T3. Bubba Watson
T3. Steve Stricker
T3. Bill Haas
T3. Luke Donald

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PGA Championship 2011: Tee Times For Thursday's First Round

Here are Thursday's tee times for the 2011 PGA Champioinship, courtesy of the PGA's official page. You can watch live coverage of the event there beginning at 8:00 AM Eastern. SB Nation will have coverage of the event in this storystream throughout the weekend.

All times are Eastern.

Tee No. 1

7:30 AM  Craig Stevens Brendon de Jonge John Rollins
7:40 AM  Daniel Balin Andres Romero Tommy Gainey
7:50 AM  Faber Jamerson Charlie Wi Kevin Streelman
8:00 AM  Edoardo Molinari Jason Dufner Wenchong Liang
8:10 AM  Brendan Jones Martin Laird Brendan Steele
8:20 AM  Spencer Levin David Hutsell Peter Hanson
8:30 AM  Brian Davis Keegan Bradley Bill Lunde
8:40 AM  John Senden Bo Van Pelt Scott Stallings
8:50 AM  John Daly Mark Brooks Jerry Pate
9:00 AM  Aaron Baddeley Rocco Mediate Arjun Atwal
9:10 AM  Robert Garrigus Jeff Sorenson Jamie Donaldson
9:20 AM  Webb Simpson Sean Dougherty Gregory Bourdy
9:30 AM  Alexander Noren Rob Moss J.J. Henry
12:45 PM  David Horsey Scott Erdmann Yuta Ikeda
12:55 PM  Marty Jertson Richard Green Hiroyuki Fujita 
1:05 PM  Anthony Kim Ernie Els Jhonattan Vegas
1:15 PM  Martin Kaymer Y.E. Yang Shaun Micheel
1:25 PM  Dustin Johnson Rickie Fowler Sergio Garcia
1:35 PM  Louis Oosthuizen Hunter Mahan Justin Rose
1:45 PM  Charl Schwartzel Rory McIlroy Darren Clarke
1:55 PM  Matt Kuchar Lee Westwood Jason Day
2:05 PM  Graeme McDowell Zach Johnson Geoff Ogilvy
2:15 PM  Lucas Glover Camilo Villegas Francesco Molinari
2:25 PM  Ricky Barnes Jonathan Byrd Heath Slocum
2:35 PM  Cameron Tringale Steve Schneiter Sean O'Hair
2:45 PM  Jeff Coston D.J. Trahan Seung-yul Noh

Tee No. 10

7:35 AM  Ryan Moore Bob Sowards Tetsuji Hiratsuka
7:45 AM  Stephen Gallacher Mike Northern Gary Woodland
7:55 AM  Matteo Manassero Ryo Ishikawa Adam Scott
8:05 AM  Stewart Cink Angel Cabrera Ross Fisher
8:15 AM  David Toms Vijay Singh Phil Mickelson
8:25 AM  Alvaro Quiros Luke Donald Nick Watney
8:35 AM  Davis Love III Tiger Woods Padraig Harrington
8:45 AM  Bubba Watson Ian Poulter Jeff Overton
8:55 AM  Thomas Bjorn Jim Furyk K.J. Choi
9:05 AM  Steve Stricker Paul Casey Miguel Angel Jimenez
9:15 AM  Bill Haas J.B. Holmes Charles Howell III
9:25 AM  Scott Verplank Stuart Smith Jerry Kelly
9:35 AM  Brandt Jobe Dan Olsen Fredrik Andersson Hed
12:40 PM  Steve Marino Brad Lardon Pablo Larrazabal
12:50 PM  Johan Edfors Mike Small Chris Kirk
1:00 PM  Anders Hansen Rory Sabbatini Johnson Wagner
1:10 PM  Brian Gay Charley Hoffman Ryuji Imada
1:20 PM  Brandt Snedeker Jose Maria Olazabal Robert Karlsson
1:30 PM  Larry Nelson Steve Elkington Rich Beem
1:40 PM  Robert Allenby Harrison Frazar Ryan Palmer
1:50 PM  Tom Gillis Mark Wilson Retief Goosen
2:00 PM  Bryce Molder Trevor Immelman Simon Dyson
2:10 PM  Thomas Aiken Fredrik Jacobson D.A. Points
2:20 PM  Michael Bradley Robert McClellan Raphael Jacquelin
2:30 PM  Ben Crane Brian Cairns K.T. Kim
2:40 PM  Kevin Na Todd Camplin Scott Piercy

For more on the 2011 PGA Championship, check out Waggle Room.

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2011 PGA Tour Live: How To Watch PGA Championship Online

Here are the broadcast times for the 2011 PGA Championship in Atlanta, which is the season's last major. 

There will be TV coverage on TNT at 1:00 to 7:00 PM Eastern on Thursday and Friday, and 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday and Sunday, the coverage will continue on CBS at 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM. 

If you watch the event on TV, though, you'll miss a lot, particularly in the mornings. But if you're up early, you can head to the PGA's official site, which will be showing live coverage of key groups from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM Thursday and Friday and from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Also, the website will show footage of Par 3 holes from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday and Friday and from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. 

You can check out the full list of tee times here. Adam Scott will begin at Tee No. 10 at 7:55 AM, while Tiger Woods (along with Padraig Harrington and Davis Love III) will start at Tee No. 10 at 8:35 AM.

For more on the 2011 PGA Championship, check out SB Nation's golf blog, Waggle Room.

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2011 PGA Championship TV Schedule: Live Coverage Begins On TNT

As the fourth and final major of the season -- The PGA Championship -- draws near, the event's primary TV schedule has officially been released. The tournament will be held from August 11th to August 14th at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Coverage begins Thursday, August 11th at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT on TNT, and stretches until 7:00 p.m. ET. Tournament play on Friday, August 12th follows a similar schedule.

As the action heats over the weekend, The PGA Championship provides double coverage so viewers don't miss a moment. Saturday, August 13th the broadcast begins at 11:00 a.m. ET on TNT, and stretches until 2:00 p.m. ET. The coverage then switches to CBS Sports, which will televise the tournament from 2:00 p.m. ET to 7:00 p.m. ET. The schedule will be repeated Sunday, and one man will be crowned champion.

Follow this stream for updates on the PGA Championship as well as our golf blog Waggle Room.

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PGA Championship 2011: Tiger Woods Confident, Borderline Cocky In Press Conference

Tiger Woods was decent, if unspectacular at the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last weekend. It was a pretty good outing for a first tournament back from major surgery, but it still looks like Tiger's going to take a few tournaments to get back to his old form. So the goal for Tiger at the 2011 PGA Championship is just to play his best and make the cut, right?

If that was your thinking, you're not too familiar with Tiger Woods. He'd probably say that the goal was to win even if he had all of his limbs disabled. When a reporter asked Tiger at a press conference what a realistic expectation for this week was, his reply was simple.

"A 'W'."

When he was asked if it would take a win for the tournament to be a success...

"It would be nice. That's the goal, to win every tournament I play in. So that's not going to change. But the first thing is I had to get healthy in order to get back to that level . . . It all started with being healthy first. Now I can start playing again."

And finally, does he have a benchmark for where he wants to be in terms of Jack Nicklaus's number of majors won as he exists his 30s?

"Yeah, ahead."    

Follow this stream for updates on the PGA Championship as well as our golf blog Waggle Room.

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2011 PGA Championship: Tiger Woods Tunes Up With Nine Hole Practice Round

After tying for 37th at last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Tiger Woods played nine practice holes Tuesday morning in preparation for the upcoming PGA Championship. The tournament will be his first major since finishing fourth at April's Masters.

Woods was joined by his teacher, Sean Foley, as well as fellow tour professional Arjun Atwal. Foley was reportedly "adjusting and tweaking" Tiger's mechanics throughout the duration of the practice round, and Atwal was left gushing at the results by the end of the day.

"He looked good," Atwal said. "He's really flushing it and got that sound again. He just needs more repetitions."

A large procession followed former number one ranked golfer in the world throughout the afternoon, snapping pictures and requesting autographs. Woods seemed to enjoy the attention, but did not speak to reporters after the session. The 14-major winner is scheduled to address the media at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Follow this stream for updates on the PGA Championship as well as our golf blog Waggle Room.

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2011 PGA Championship Tee Times: First 3 Major Champions Paired Together

The season's final major, The PGA Championship, takes place Thursday, August 11 at Atlanta Athletic Club. The pairings and tee times for the first and second round were released on Friday.

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