Saturday at the PGA Championship in TPC Harding Park began with sunny skies and a course that wasn't too easy or too hard, but just right. As of 8:20 PM ET on Saturday, the leaderboard was packed at the top, with a three-way tie for first between Scottie Scheffler, Haotong Li, and Cameron Champ. Scheffler was through 16 holes at 8:20, and he was at -5 on the day. Champ was at -3 through 12, and Li held his ground, shooting even par through nine holes.
Most of the notable players made Friday's cut to move on to the weekend, however, a lot of them were unable to make the move that they needed. World #1 Justin Thomas was at +1 - right on the cut line - after Round 2 on Friday, and it looked like he was beginning to make a move towards the top of the leaderboard after starting out his Saturday with five birdies in seven holes. However, Thomas began to struggle after that, bogeying 8 and 9 to finish his front nine at a still-impressive -3. On the back nine, Thomas was only able to convert one birdie, and he shot a 36 on the par-35 back nine to move to -2 on the day and -1 for the week. Other golfers such as Rory McIlroy (+1 on the day, even par on the week) and Gary Woodland (+3, +2) were also unable to make a move. 2017 British Open champion Jordan Spieth played a brutally bad third round, shooting a six-over-par 76 to move into a tie for last place - among players who made the cut - at +7.
Tiger Woods participated in the tournament as well, and he was at even par through the first two rounds to make the cut by a narrow margin. However, in the third round, Woods was unable to get anything going at all. After starting out the round with seven straight pars, Woods bogeyed 8, 11, 12, and 13, and his round quickly went south. Tiger ended up birdieing 16 and 18 at the end of his round, but he still finished with a frustrating two-over-par 72 to move to +2 on the week. Phil Mickelson played in the tournament as well, and he shot a 70 to stay at +1 for the tournament. To hear the play-by-play of lots of action from Mickelson and Woods, make sure to check out the stream linked below.
Overall, Day 3 of the PGA Championship was an exciting tournament to watch. Some players dropped themselves out of contention, but there are many names still close to the top of the leaderboard. The first major of 2020 has been a success in drawing fan interest, and there will undoubtedly be more electrifying action on Sunday.