Hunter Mahan needs a big finish to guarantee himself a spot on the U.S. Presidents Cup squad. (Franklin/Getty Images)
Round 3 Notebook: PGA Championship
The third-round leader/co-leader has won 20 of 34 times on the PGA Tour this season, and Tiger Woods has converted both of his 54-hole leads this season. For his career, Woods has won 47 of 50 events when holding the 54-hole lead/co-lead.
By Mark Stevens, PGA TOUR Staff
CHASKA, Minn. -- Tiger Woods shot a 1-under in the third-round, but his lead shrank from four strokes to two strokes over Y.E. Yang and Padraig Harrington going into the final-round.
-- The third-round leader/co-leader has won 20 of 34 times on the PGA TOUR this season. Woods has converted both of his 54-hole leads this season (AT&T National and Buick Open). Woods has actually converted 16 straight 54-hole leads/co-leads, dating back to the 2004 TOUR Championship when Retief Goosen came from behind to win. For his career, Woods has won 47 of 50 events when holding the 54-hole lead/co-lead. Woods has only lost once as a professional when holding the outright lead after 54-holes (1996 Quad Cities Classic/1 over Ed Fiori).
-- Y.E. Yang and Woods have never played in the same group on TOUR. Yang has been in the final pairing one previous time on TOUR. Earlier this year Yang was in the final pairing at The Honda Classic which he won after holding the 54-hole lead.
-- Yang tied the low round (67) of the week, and tied his personal best in a major. This is the first time since the 2007 Masters (T30) that he has made the cut in a major. He has now made the cut in three of his eight career majors.
-- Woods has played 14 of his last 15 rounds at the PGA Championship under par.
-- Harrington has won three majors in the last three years.
-- Entering the week, Woods had played 792 holes of PGA Championship golf in his career at 52-under par. The next closest player (in terms of total score to par) is Sergio Garcia at 3 under (of players with a minimum of 400 holes played).
-- After making par on the 2nd hole on Friday, Woods reached a milestone in his PGA Championship career playing his 500th par 4. He has played the par 4’s (508 total by the end of the second-round) at a combined 1-under.
-- The eighth Presidents Cup will be played at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco on October 5-11. The PGA Championship is the final event for players to move into the top 10 and an automatic invitation to play in the Presidents Cup. U.S. Team Captain Fred Couples and International Team Captain Greg Norman will announce their two Captain’s Choices on September 8 to round out the 12-man team. There are still several players on both teams with a mathematical chance at making the team.
-- U.S. Presidents Cup Team Scenarios: Hunter Mahan and Lucas Glover need to finish solo fourth or better to grab one of the 10 automatic spots on the U.S. Team. Dustin Johnson and David Toms need to win the PGA Championship to move into the top 10.
-- International Presidents Cup Team Scenarios: There are about 14 players that could overtake Tim Clark or Rory Sabbatini for a guaranteed spot on Greg Norman’s team. Those with the best shot include Y.E.Yang who is in contention and would need a win to get in. Brendon Jones would need a second-place finish and Jeev Milkha Singh would need a top-4 finish.
-- Henrik Stenson has played very well in recent majors. During the past two years, he has had five top-20 finishes in major championships and only one missed cut. He was ninth at this year's U.S. Open and T13th at the British Open. His best finish in a major was a T3 at the 2008 British Open, he also finished T4 at the 2008 PGA Championship.
-- With a win this week at the PGA Championship, Woods would become the first golfer to win a major in five consecutive seasons since the Masters was first played in 1934.
-- Woods has won two consecutive TOUR events (Buick Open and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational) coming into the PGA Championship. He is trying to become just the second player to make a major championship his third (or more) consecutive win. Byron Nelson won eight straight TOUR events in 1945 leading up to a win at the PGA Championship.
-- Woods has recorded seven career wire-to-wire (no ties) victories in his career with the last coming in 2006 at the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship. He also achieved it at the 2005 British Open, 2003 Western Open, 2002 U.S. Open and World Golf Championships-American Express Championship and the 2000 U.S. Open and World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational.
-- The PGA Championship and next weeks Wyndham Championship are the final two events in the in the race to the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. In the offseason, the field size for the first Playoff event was decreased from 144 to 125 so the PGA Championship and the Wyndham Championship will serve as the final stage for players trying to move or stay inside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings.
-- Richard Stern (left hand) withdrew during the second-round.