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PGA Championship 2015: Live updates, scores, leaderboard, highlights and more from Whistling Straits

Some background on the season's final major as well as updated highlights and results as the week progresses.

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The PGA Championship gets a bad rap. It's panned for not having an instantly recognizable identity like the other three majors. It's regularly ranked as the fourth major. But in recent years, it's consistently the most exciting and dramatic. Kerry Haigh and PGA of America set up a course that's a fair test and not tricked up or unplayable. The best in the world, playing at their best, are capable of posting mid-to-low 60s rounds and shooting up the leaderboard. That leaderboard can be shuffled up dramatically and instantly and it led to the best major weekend of the entire season last year at Valhalla.

This year's PGA returns to Whistling Straits, which some argue is the best venue on the championship's rota. Everyone is here too. Rory McIlroy has returned from injury just in time to try and swat away Jordan Spieth's assault on his No. 1 ranking. Tiger Woods tries to salvage a completely lost, and often humiliating, summer at the majors. Every member of this new post-Tiger crop -- Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Bubba Watson et al --  seems to be on form and playing some of their best golf too. Here's some background on this PGA and a place we'll update with highlights and results of each round as the week progresses in Wisconsin.

The Field

The PGA of America likes to boast that their field is the deepest in major championship golf. The U.S. Open and British Open reserve large swaths for "open" qualifiers who are often lesser-known players or complete no-names off the street with no shot of winning. The Masters field is on the smaller side compared to the other three and can't claim, as the PGA does this year, that 97 of the top 100 in the world rankings are in attendance.

The full field is set at 156 players, the standard size for the three non-Masters majors. That size field can become a logistical challenge with some inclement weather, as we've seen throughout the years at each of these majors and most recently with the wind disaster at the Open last month. The PGA barely finished on time last year and not without controversy as four players played the final hole at the same time in the darkness at Valhalla. The weather this week is supposed to be relatively clean, with some storms potentially popping up on Lake Michigan on Friday.

In addition to 97 of the top 100 in the world, the PGA field is unique for allotting 20 spots to their members. These are the club pros -- the guys who give lessons around the country at different public courses and clubs. They get in based on their score at the National Professional event earlier in the summer. None have a realistic chance of winning and making the cut is the primary goal. Here's a complete look at all 156 players in the field and how the PGA of America builds it.

The Course

Whistling Straits is one of two courses at this removed and bucolic Wisconsin plot on Lake Michigan. The Straits Course was built in 1998, with plumbing fixtures tycoon Herb Kohler enlisting Pete Dye as the architect. The goal was to attract major championship golf and they have succeeded in doing so. In American golf, if you want a major, you typically need to choose either the PGA of America or the USGA as a partner. Certain courses get designated as one or the other and Whistling Straits has been staked as a PGA course. This is their third PGA Championship in less than 20 years of existence.

The newer courses without history and cachet typically receive the most criticism but this one has achieved near universal acceptance among both the media and the players. It's actually shorter than the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships, won by Vijay Singh and Martin Kaymer. The defining characteristics are the view, the bunkers, and it's "links look." It only looks that way because Kohler requested the property mimic the beauty of Irish layouts. But it plays nothing like a links, with bent grass on the fairways and not fescue. The players play this course through the air and hitting targets, as opposed to the ground game and creativity that a links course usually requires.

For mid-August, this may be the most beautiful golf venue in the United States. The bunkers number just over 1,000 and are everywhere -- along the fairway, miles off the fairway, surrounding greens, and in massive clusters side-by-side. All bunkers will be played as sand traps and not waste areas -- yes, even those that are outside the ropes and have patrons standing in them and trash and footprints scattered about. This was obviously the source of the Dustin Johnson 2010 controversy. Players can't ground their clubs. The DJ mess the last time this tournament was here should make sure everyone is informed of the rule. But just in case, the PGA of America put reminders of the local rule everywhere -- even in the bathrooms.

First Round Results and Highlights

Whistling Straits presented two entirely different challenges in the first round. The morning wave of tee times got a perfectly calm and softer course while the afternoon group had to deal with increased winds and greens that were firming up. The morning conditions were almost two strokes easier, which is a significant change. Dustin Johnson set the early pace and for the third straight major, he holds the first round lead at 6-under. The challenge now comes over the final 54 holes, but the good bet is that the supremely talented DJ will be there all weekend. Some other highlights from the opening day at the PGA:

Rory McIlroy saved a par ... from a lake.

Both Rory and Jordan Spieth navigated the tougher conditions to post impressive red rounds.

Phil Mickelson went to the "spiderman crouch" to try a crazy left-handed bunker shot.

Tiger Woods opened yet another major with a disappointing round and is way off the pace.

Tiger also dropped a string of f-bombs and asked himself what we all want to know -- "what the f--k is wrong with you?"

Second Round Results and Highlights

Another Friday at a major championship and yet another weather delay. Just a month after the British Open could not make their cut on time, the PGA Championship got hammered by late storms and high winds that forced an early end to Friday's action. The horn blew at 5:28 p.m. local time with 57 players still on the course. Some had as many as 7 holes left in the round, so this was not quite the major weather disruption of the Open. Jason Day and Matt Jones were still on the course during the delay but went to bed on the lead at 9-under. Some highlights from a wild Friday at Whistling Straits:

John Daly launched his club into Lake Michigan after hitting three balls there on a par-3.

WHEEE Phil Mickelson decided to go for a slide down one of Whistling Straits' steep hills.

Tiger Woods showed up at a major with two quick birdies, then promptly gave it all away.

Scoreboards and Golf Channel's stage were completely destroyed by the late storm.

And Jordan Spieth made his big move to get up near the lead.

Third Round / Saturday Highlights and Results

A long day at Whistling Straits ended with a flurry of birdies and leaderboard movement, most notably from Jordan Spieth. The reigning U.S. Open and Masters champ poured in six birdies in his final eight holes to make a dramatic charge at Jason Day, who was putting together his own streaky round. Day rolls to Sunday with his third straight 54-hole lead or co-lead at a major championship. He and Spieth will be in the final pairing of the the final round of major golf this year, which is a perfect way to cap this awesome summer. Some more highlights from Saturday:

The morning started with Tiger Woods going quietly and missing yet another major cut.

It ended with Jason Day and Jordan Spieth exchanging blows during a wild final couple hours.

The 36-hole leader, Matt Jones, hit a drive into a hospitality tent and played it right off the carpet from the bar.

Rory McIlroy tried to make an early charge with this 65-foot bomb of an eagle putt.

Phil Mickelson had the early round of the day, which included a swaggy acknowledgment to some boating fans.

TV Schedule

After the weather delay led to nonstop coverage from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, the schedule returns to normal for the finale. The final pairing goes out at 2:45 p.m. ET, setting up a finish on CBS right around 7 p.m. There are multiple ways to stream the round online, including a simulcast of the TV coverage. Here are all your media options for Sunday's final round:


11 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- TNT

2 to 7 p.m. -- CBS

Online streams

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- Par 3 stream on and on mobile via PGA Championship app

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- Marquee groups on and on mobile via PGA Championship app

11 to 7 p.m. -- TV simulcast stream on and on mobile via PGA Championship app

2 to 7 p.m. -- CBS simulcast on


Noon to 7 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

And here's a full viewing guide for the entire week.

Tee Times

Saturday featured sun-up to sun-down golf that included the completion of the second round, the cut, and a wild finish to the third round. After 54 holes, we get a juicy final pairing that's the perfect way to end the major championship season. Jason Day and Jordan Spieth will anchor the tee sheet. This is the third consecutive major that Day has had at least a share of the lead going to Sunday, and we're all aware of Spieth's record at this point. Here are some marquee tee times for Sunday's final round:

Tee time Players
11:36 a.m. Bubba Watson Hunter Mahan
12:57 p.m. Hiroshi Iwata Phil Mickelson
1:15 p.m. Rory McIlroy Charl Schwartzel
1:51 p.m. Brooks Koepka Brandt Snedeker
2:00 p.m. J.B. Holmes Billy Horschel
2:09 p.m. Anirban Lahiri Matt Kuchar
2:18 p.m. Dustin Johnson Matt Jones
2:27 p.m. Tony Finau Martin Kaymer
2:36 p.m. Branden Grace Justin Rose
2:45 p.m. Jason Day Jordan Spieth

And here's the full tee sheet for Sunday's final round.

Leaderboard / Results

Jason Day is keeping his pedal on the gas on Sunday afternoon, staying in front with a multi-shot cushion throughout the front nine. Jordan Spieth has had his moments, but Day's pouring in too many birdies for Spieth to get within a shot. He'll need to go on a run or hope for Day to come back to have a chance over the final stretch:

Place Player Score Thru
1 Jason Day -18 10
2 Justin Rose -16 11
3 Jordan Spieth -15 10
4 Branden Grace -14 11
5 Anirban Lahiri -13 13
T6 Brooks Koepka -12 15
T6 Matt Kuchar -12 13
T8 Russell Henley -11 15
T8 George Coetzee -11 15
T8 Dustin Johnson -11 13
T11 David Lingmerth -10 F
T11 Brendan Steele -10 F
T11 Robert Streb -10 15
T11 Martin Kaymer -10 12
T11 Tony Finau -10 12
T16 Phil Mickelson -9 17
T16 Justin Thomas -9 17
T16 Rory McIlroy -9 16
T16 Brandt Snedeker -9 15
20 Victor Dubuisson -8 F
T21 Bubba Watson -7 F
T21 Hiroshi Iwata -7 17
T21 Matt Jones -7 13
T24 Billy Horschel -6 14
T24 J.B. Holmes -6 14
T26 Tyrrell Hatton -5 F
T26 Cameron Smith -5 F
T26 Henrik Stenson -5 F
T26 Ernie Els -5 F
T26 Charl Schwartzel -5 16
T26 Boo Weekley -5 15
T32 Louis Oosthuizen -4 F
T32 Steve Stricker -4 F
T32 Nick Watney -4 F
T32 Rickie Fowler -4 F
T32 Jim Furyk -4 F
T32 Patrick Reed -4 F
T32 Paul Casey -4 17
T39 Ryan Moore -3 F
T39 Vijay Singh -3 F
T39 Hideki Matsuyama -3 F
T39 Jason Bohn -3 F
T43 Kevin Chappell -2 F
T43 Lee Westwood -2 F
T43 Danny Lee -2 F
T43 Hunter Mahan -2 F
T43 Luke Donald -2 F
T48 Harris English -1 F
T48 Y.E. Yang -1 F
T48 Marc Warren -1 F
T48 Marcel Siem -1 F
T48 Thomas Bjorn -1 F
T48 Scott Piercy -1 F
T54 Troy Merritt E F
T54 Sergio Garcia E F
T54 Kevin Streelman E F
T54 Mikko Ilonen E F
T54 Danny Willett E F
T54 Webb Simpson E F
T54 Francesco Molinari E F
T61 Keegan Bradley 1 F
T61 Emiliano Grillo 1 F
T61 Chesson Hadley 1 F
64 Sangmoon Bae 2 F
T65 Brendon de Jonge 3 F
T65 Charles Howell III 3 F
T65 Bill Haas 3 F
T68 Nick Taylor 4 F
T68 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 4 F
T68 Jason Dufner 4 F
71 Brian Gaffney (CP) 5 F
T72 J.J. Henry 6 F
T72 Koumei Oda 6 F
T72 Sean O'Hair 6 F
T75 Carl Pettersson 8 F
T75 Morgan Hoffmann 8 F
77 James Morrison 9 F


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