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Want to know what's going on at Oakland Hills? Our crew at the PGA Championship will keep you updated with all the happenings during Saturday's action. Check back often for our continuous coverage.

THIRD-ROUND COVERAGE: Leaderboard | Ticket rainout information

DONE FOR THE DAY: PGA officials have suspended play for the rest of the day after the four-hour delay. Play will resume at 7:15 a.m. ET Sunday morning.

The final three groups that did not start their rounds on Saturday will start their rounds at these times:

* 7:20 a.m. -- David Toms, Henrik Stenson
* 7:30 a.m. -- Ben Curtis, Justin Rose
* 7:40 a.m. -- J.B. Holmes, Charlie Wi

The third round will end at approximately 11:50 a.m., with the final round now scheduled to begin at 12:20 p.m.. The final group will go off at 2:20 p.m.

Final-round pairings will consist of groups of three, with players going off on both the first and 10th tees.

Provided there are no more significant delays, it's conceivable that the winner may play 36 holes on Sunday. That would be a first for the PGA Championship winner since the tournament went to stroke play in 1958, but it certainly wouldn't be the first in history, since the PGA's match-play final was 36 holes.

As for tickets, spectators who are in possession of a Saturday ticket of any type will be allowed access to the grounds on Sunday. For more spectator information, click here.

There is a 30 percent of rain on Sunday. -- Mike McAllister (6:40 p.m. ET)

WEATHER UPDATE: Four hours now and rainy conditions still exist at Oakland Hills. PGA officials are continuing to monitor the weather cells that still loom, but it doesn't look good for a return to play Saturday. -- Mike McAllister (6:15 p.m. ET)

LOOKING AHEAD: With the rain delay now at three hours and potentially washing out the rest of play today, the threat of a Monday finish may be looming. Here are the three Monday finishes due to weather at the PGA Championship since 1958. -- Mike McAllister (5:25 p.m. ET)

PGA Championship's Monday finishes
YearCourseResult
1976CongressionalDave Stockton pars 18th hole to avoid playoff with Don January and Ray Floyd
1986InvernessBob Tway birdies the 72nd hole by holing a shot from the greenside bunker, wins by two over Greg Norman
2005BaltusrolPhil Mickelson uses a brilliant flop shot to set up a birdie tap-in, wins by one over Steve Elkington, Thomas Bjorn

THE FIRST 25: While we're waiting for play to (hopefully) resume this afternoon, here are some notes on the 25 players who have already finished their third rounds ...

Jim Furyk
Furyk

* Jim Furyk, who made the cut on the number when he became the first player to birdie the 18th hole late in the second round, shot even-par 70 and remains at 8 over for the tournament

* Peter Lonard is Mr. Consistent. The Australian shot his third consecutive 2-over 74.

* Mike Weir had his best round of the week with a 1-over 71. Rocco Mediate also had his best round this week with a 72. Both players are at 9 over.

* Two other players also had their best rounds -- Andres Romero, of course, with his 5-under 65, and John Merrick with a 70.

* Of those 25 players who have played the par-4 18th, which has ranked as the most difficult hole on the course this week, the stroke average is 4.680. That's an improvement over the 4.716 average in the second round, but higher than the 4.622 in the first round. -- Mike McAllister (4:45 p.m. ET)

ON SECOND THOUGHT: PGA officials have just closed the range, with another storm cell on the way. We will not resume at 5 p.m. -- Mike McAllister (4:41 p.m. ET)

BACK AT 5 P.M.: Although dark clouds can still be seen in the distance, PGA officials have announced that play will resume at 5 p.m. ET. The range is now open for players to hit balls. -- Mike McAllister (4:30 p.m. ET)

RECORD UPDATE: The 5-under 65 that Andres Romero shot in Saturday's third round ties him with eight other players -- not seven as PGA officials originally thought -- for the competitive course record at Oakland Hills' South Course.

Here are the nine players who share that record of 65. -- Helen Ross (4 p.m. ET)

PlayerRoundTournamentYear
George ArcherFirstCarling World Open1964
Alan TapieSecondPGA Championship1979
David GrahanFinalPGA Championship1979
T.C. ChenFirstU.S. Open1985
Andy NorthSecondU.S. Open1985
Denis WatsonSecondU.S. Open1985
Jack NicklausPlayoffU.S. Senior Open1991
Tom LehmanThirdU.S. Open1996
Andres RomeroThirdPGA Championship2008

HEAVY STUFF LOOMING: Looks like more rain is on the way. The fans are being asked to leave the grandstands again and seek shelter.

Kerry Haigh, the PGA of America's managing director of tournaments, told CBS announcer Jim Nantz that there is one cell to the south of Oakland Hills which may or may not affect play. There are two other cells to the west, though, that will more than likely bring more rain and lightning.

"It is clear to the west side of those, so we could be OK," said Haigh, who estimated that the weather could be gone within the hour -- if the storm doesn't build in intensity as it blows through the area. Sunset is expected at 8:44 p.m. ET. -- Helen Ross (3:39 p.m.)

VALHALLA SETUP?: So, a tough course like Oakland Hills through the first two rounds this week? Or an easier course such as Valhalla in 2000 when it hosted the PGA Championship, with Tiger Woods beating Bob May in the playoff after both players finished regulation at 18 under?

Paul Azinger
Azinger

U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Paul Azinger isn't sure which course setup he thinks would be more advantageous to his team when the Ryder Cup comes to Louisville, Ky., next month.

"There's a little something inside me that says either one could work," said Azinger after shooting 6-over 76 in Saturday's third round that leaves him 14 over for the tournament. "It's really interesting when you look at the board and you look at the history of the U.S. Open and you look at the history of the PGA Championship and it seems like the more difficult (the course) is ... the more Americans show up.

"But at the same time, I think when you've got a bunch of guys coming in and playing well, you want to give them a chance to play golf. And so it's kind of a Catch-22."

But in the end, Azinger isn't sure the course setup at Valhalla will make the difference whether the Americans can beat the Europeans for the first time in four Ryder Cups.

"I think whichever team is playing the best comes out on top, whether it's really hard or really easy or somewhere in between. ... If there's an edge that you can get or gain, you look for it -- but I don't know what it is." -- Mike McAllister (3:30 p.m. ET)

MORE RAIN TO COME: One storm already has passed through, but the worst may be yet to come. Another cell is expected to deliver even more of a downpour than Oakland Hills just experienced. We've just reached the hour mark since play was suspended. We may not crank it up anytime soon. -- Mike McAllister (3:16 p.m. ET)

ROMERO'S RISE: When the third round started Saturday, Andres Romero was tied for 48th after shooting a 8-over 78 on Friday. But now he's back in contention after his 5-under 65 that ties the competitive course record with seven other players. He's currently in seventh place with the leaders yet to tee off.

"I played an excellent round. Almost perfect," Romero said. "Yesterday, I finished very nice with my round (just 1 over on his back nine) and now after this 18 holes, I can't believe it. I have a chance for tomorrow ... it's great to be here." -- Mike McAllister (3:10 p.m. ET)

NO RAIN, BUT NO PLAY, EITHER: The heavy rain has stopped, but there's standing water on several greens. So don't expect a quick resumption of play -- and keep your fingers crossed that no more is on the way. The skies are still threatening and there is another cell the meterologists on site are monitoring. So they haven't given the players a potential re-start time. -- Helen Ross (3:02 p.m. ET)

PLAY SUSPENDED: The oncoming rain and lightning has forced play to be suspended at 2:16 p.m. -- Mike McAllister (2:16 p.m. ET)

ROMERO TIES COURSE RECORD: Andres Romero just finished up a third-round 65, which ties the competitive course record at Oakland Hills. Romero is at 2 over for the tournament and sitting pretty for Sunday ... although with the course playing easier today, it will be interesting to see how far off the lead he'll be at the end of the day.

Click here for Romero's scorecard. -- Mike McAllister (2:13 p.m. ET)

CAMILO ON THE WEEKEND: Anybody who has followed Camilo Villegas knows that he tends to play his best golf in the first two rounds before struggling on the weekend, particularly on moving day.

Camilo Villegas
Villegas

But he seems to be rising to the occasion Saturday. Through 14 holes, he's 4 under for his round and 2 over for the tournament. If he can maintain or improve on that position, he should have an excellent shot at capturing his first major on Sunday.

In the 14 stroke-play events on the PGA TOUR this season in which he has made the cut, the young Colombian's average in the third round is 72.4 strokes, the highest of any of his four rounds. In fact, of those 14 rounds, he has broken 70 in just two -- the World Golf Championships-CA Championship and the AT&T National.

Meanwhile, he has shot himself right out of tournaments in the third round this year, such as the FBR Open (when he shot 73 in the third round after opening with 66-67) and the AT&T Classic (when he shot 77 in the third round after opening with 68-69).

Certainly it's a good sign to see him play so well today at Oakland Hills. -- Mike McAllister (2:10 p.m. ET)

Camilo Villegas scoring averages per round
RoundStroke avg.Low scoreHigh score
170.967 (Verizon)76 (British Open)
270.665 (British)74 (Northern Trust)
372.468 (CA Champ.)79 (British Open)
471.266 (AT&T Classic)76 (twice)

ANDRES ON THE RISE: Argentina's Andres Romero is quickly proving himself to be a force in major championships. The 27-year-old has appeared in seven majors prior to this week's PGA Championship and posted three top-10 finishes. His best is a third-place showing at the 2007 Open Championship.

Andres Romero
Romero

Romero's stellar play has continued at Oakland Hills on Saturday. Romero started the third round at 7-over par, but collected four birdies and one bogey on his front nine for an outward 3-under 32.

Romero, who won the Zurich Classic in New Orleans for his first TOUR win earlier this season, picked up three more birdies (against one bogey) in his back nine. He was 5 under for the day through 16 holes and 2 over for the tournament, just three shots behind 36-hole leader J.B. Holmes, who will be teeing off at 2:50 p.m. -- T.J. Auclair (1:40 p.m. ET)

MARK IT DOWN: Prior to this week, Prayad Marksaeng had never made the cut in three major championship appearances.

He opened with a 76 at Oakland Hills and hung tough with a 70 on Friday to earn a spot for the weekend. Not only is he playing Saturday, Marksaeng is contending, shooting a 33 on the front nine and moving to 2 over with a birdie at No. 11 before dropping a stroke at the 14th.

The 42-year-old from Thailand made his major championship debut at the 1999 British Open and shot 91-79. He didn't play in another major until this year -- and the PGA is his third of the season. He had to withdraw with a back injury after shooting 82 at the Masters and he shot 77-73 at the Open Championship.

Marksaeng picked up his first two wins on the Japan Tour earlier this year and leads its Order of Merit. A six-time winner on the Asian Tour, he has four top-10s this season, including in his last three events.-- Helen Ross (1:25 p.m. ET)

WINNING SCORE PREDICTION: Will Sunday's winner of the PGA Championship have a score under par or over par? PGATOUR.COM's writers at Oakland Hills make their predictions on what it will take to raise the Wanamaker Trophy.

Helen Ross' prediction: 2 over. "The way the first two days have gone on a course playing more like a U.S. Open than a PGA, you've got to think the winner will be over par. "

Dave Shedloski's prediction: 4 over. "Rain might be coming in later today and overnight. That might soften up the greens a bit. But the course could also play longer, and who knows what that will do to the playability of the rough. Winds of 10-20 mph aren't going to abate, so that will keep conditions from getting too slow or soft while making every shot a challenge."

Melanie Hauser's prediction: Even par. "And that may be too high. This monster of a course is playing downright mean and nasty this week."

Mike McAllister's prediction: 1 over. "No PGA Championship winner has ever had a higher score than 1 over. While the Monster is certainly capable of producing a record amount of futility, someone will find a way to make a few putts on those undulating greens."

T.J. Auclair's prediction: 1 under. "This is the PGA Championship and under-par scores usually win. In fact, the last time there was an over-par winner was way back in 1976 when Dave Stockton won at 1 over at Congressional. I know how difficult Oakland Hills has been playing this week, but there are still plenty of birdies to be had out there."-- (1 p.m. ET)

UNDER PAR: Just 13 rounds have been recorded under par in the first two days at Oakland Hills -- seven in the first round and six in the second round. Here's a chart of the fewest rounds under par in each round of the PGA Championship since 1958 when the tournament switched from match play to stroke play. -- Mike McAllister (12:35 p.m. ET)

RoundRounds
under par
YearCourse
141960
1970
Firestone
Southern Hills
201966Firestone
331975Firestone
411960
1976
Firestone
Congressional
Overall131960Firestone

TWO ON THE MOVE: Two South Americans are climbing up the leaderboard.

Argentina's Andres Romero, who won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans earlier this year, is 4 under for his round and is 3-over for the tournament after a birdie at the 10th hole.

Colombia's Camilo Villegas has three birdies in his first six holes and has also moved to 3 over for the tournament. -- Mike McAllister (12:30 p.m. ET)

INTRIGUING PAIRINGS: The two-man games -- those little contests within the tournament between the members of twosomes -- has an intriguing number of possibilities today.

Start with the first twosome out of the chute at 8:30 a.m. ET featuring Australians Peter Lonard and Richard Green.

Then you have the South Africans, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, going off at 11:30 a.m. They hadn't played together in a major since the final round of the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, where Goosen won his second national title.

At 11:50 Anthony Kim and Justin Leonard tee off. Both live in Dallas. Both play the new Nike Sumo 5000 driver. Both have won this year on the PGA TOUR.

Behind them at noon are Swedes Robert Karlsson and Carl Petterson and after that it's Ian Poulter of England and Alastair Forsyth of Scotland.

A final bit of drama should unfold starting at 1:10 p.m. Former PGA Champion Phil Mickelson is paired with Steve Flesch in an all-lefty battle. -- Dave Shedloski (11:45 a.m. ET)

NO. 6 DRIVABLE AGAIN: PGA officials have once again moved up the tee on the par-4 sixth hole, which normally plays at 387 yards. For Saturday's third round, the hole will play 318 yards to the pin, and 285 yards to the front of the green.

Officials are hoping the move will give players incentive to drive the green. If nothing else, it will give the field one of their few birdie chances on a course that is living up to its nickname of the "Monster."

After playing from the back tees in the first round, the players were pleased to see that the tees were moved up 87 yards in the second round, making the hole play at 300 yards. The move paid off, as 46 birdies were recorded on Friday compared to just 15 on Thursday. The stroke average also was reduced, from 0.327 above par in the first round to 0.194 under par in the second round. -- Mike McAllister (11:40 a.m. ET)

PAR 3 YARDAGES: Here are the yardage adjustments for the four par-3 holes at Oakland Hills. -- Melanie Hauser (11:37 a.m. ET)

HoleThird-round yardageScorecard yardageDifference
3203 yards198 yards5 yards longer
9220 yards257 yards37 yards shorter
13186 yards191 yards5 yards shorter
17218 yards238 yards20 yards shorter

WEATHER UPDATE: Saturday dawned sunny and bright, but the weather is expected to worsen as the day progresses.

A strong upper level disturbance could bring thunderstorms in the afternoon. Winds will be from the west to nothwest at 10-15 mph and gusting at 20-25 mph. Highs will be in the upper 70s.

By 2 p.m. and continuing the rest of the afternoon, the change of precipitation is 60 percent.

Sunday's outlook is for partly cloudy skies, breezy conditions and temperatures in the low 70s. The chance of rain is just 20 percent. -- Helen Ross (11:35 a.m. ET)

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