August 10 2013
By Elias Sports Bureau Inc.
• Jonas Blixt, playing in his second career major championship, carded a bogey-free 66 during today’s third round of the PGA Championship. Since 1991, only two players who have had such limited major championship experience have posted a bogey-free round on the weekend at a PGA Championship. Last year at Kiawah Island, while playing in his second major, Blake Adams posted a bogey-free final round. And in 2010 at Whistling Straits, Jason Day, also playing in his second major, carded a bogey-free third round.
• Yesterday, K.J. Choi had a big jump up the leaderboard of the PGA Championship. Today was Dustin Johnson’s turn. Johnson moved up 51 places on the leaderboard to stand in ninth place. Johnson’s 51-place move up the board is the third time in a PGA Championship third round someone has had a leap at least this large. In 2001, Mike Weir bettered his position by 51 spots at Landmark Golf Club and in 1990, David Frost moved up 55 spots playing Shoal Creek Golf Club.
• After three rounds of play at the PGA Championship, Tiger Woods stands in 48th place and Phil Mickelson in 74th. In just two other tournaments as professionals on the PGA TOUR have both Woods and Mickelson stood in 48th or worse place on the leaderboard after three rounds of the event. In the 2005 THE PLAYERS Championship, Mickelson stood 50th and Woods 71st. And at the 2002 British Open, Woods was 67th and Mickelson 72nd.