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Look out Sergio, here comes Rory! That would be Sergio Garcia and Rory Mcilroy at the WGC in Ohio! Sergio headed into today at -11 and looking like for all the world he was on cruise control to win this tournament. But, inspite of a very nice round in which he came in at -14, Rory Mcilroy is putting on the pressure, birdying two of the final holes of the day and after beginning the day at -7, he finished in second place at -11, 3 strokes off the lead. The rest of the top of the leaderboard after day 3 (which started way too early due to rain in the afternoon forecast and made afternoon watching a bit confusing) is as follows: Garcia -14, Mcilroy -11, Leishman -9, K. Bradley and J. Rose -8 along with Adam Scott (interesting storyline to follow), B. Snedeker at-6, J. B. Holmes at -5, and a bit of an off day for Rickie Fowler who finished at -4. Now, if Rory were to win the tournament, and if Adam Scott finished out of the top five, Rory would become the new world #1. So…bit of drama there, but the real drama tomorrow for the final round is watching what happens with Sergio Garcia and Rory Mcilroy who will be the final pairing to tee off. Action gets underway at 2:00 pm EST on CBS.
Meanwhile, Lefty (Mickelson) is reportedly battling a strep throat infection (yuk, that is draining and painful!) and inspite of it he improved from +5 to +3. Young Jordan Spieth meanwhile went the other way, backwards, going from +1 to start the day to finishing at +4. And then there was Tiger Woods…he got to -2 but then that double bogey on hole #6 was ugly and he wound up finishing at +1, tied for 36th place. Not looking like Tiger is going to defend this title from last year. Bubba Watson who played along side Tiger today came in at +2.
Confusing news regarding Dustin Johnson and his personal leave from the pro tour. First reports indicated he had been suspended for testing positive for cocaine. Then official word that it was in fact not the case at all..he was taking time off to work on personal issues and hoped to be back in due time better than ever. He will miss some upcoming key events but I hope he gets things worked out and comes back to show his stuff. He is a hugely talented golfer!
Then we have the horrific injury to Paul George (Indiana Pacers) which occured in a Team USA scrimmage game from the campus of UNLV. The footage is graphic and troubling..not for the faint of heart for sure. He suffered a lower right leg fracture and if you do watch the footage, you will see just how awkwardly he came down on his right leg attempting to block a shot and the excruciating pain he was in. Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) knows a thing or two about coming back from injuries…two season ending knee surgeries the past two years. He saw what happened and literally knelt down and covered his face in anguish for his fellow USA teammate. Such a shame…he has had surgery and the prognosis is that he will recover but likely miss all of the upcoming season. The remainder of the game was suspended. HATE to see something like this happen. Paul George is such a talent and good guy and wow..what a blow for the Pacers. The East favorites now look like Cavs, Bulls (hard to call) with the Pacers fading? Again, such a shame. His parents were in attendance and all of his teammates and the coaching staff were in shock! Best wishes to him and hoping for a full recovery. We want guys like him playing in the NBA!
Tomorrow the final round of the WGC will air and then the tour moves to Louisville, KY for the PGA Championship from Valhalla Country Club. But for me personally, the focus shifts to Toronto, Canada where tennis action resumes with the top guys competing (except for Rafa who has withdrawn with a wrist injury). So the “Big Three” will be there, Djokovic, Federer, and Murray (or is Wawrinka also now part of the Big Three or the Big Four?). Here’s to hoping for another great final matchup between Federer and Djokovic. We all know who I will be pulling for….Mr. Federer!