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By Ben Dirs

0122: Right, I'll be wrapping up now. A rather fascinating day, I'm sure you'll agree, and if they score like they did today tomorrow, this tournament is anyone's - three shots sounds like a pretty big lead, but as China's Wenchong Liang demonstrated with his course-record 64 today, Whistling Straits can be a pussycat when it hasn't got its teeth in. Night... -13 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer

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It's bad news for a United States player
0109: ...no great drama for Watney, he slides his ball onto the short stuff in three. The final three players are announced on the green before Watney raps his par putt up towards the hole only for it to come up short - shot gone at the last, his lead reduced to three, but that's a pretty impeccable round of 66 from the man from Fresno. Furyk gives his birdie putt a chance but it holds its line and passes by. Deary me, he misses coming back and drops out of the group at eight under after a round of 70. Kuchar in for par for a round of 73, he's seven under. Big hole that, could be key. -13 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer

0100: Big applause for Watney as he strides towards the 18th green but he's a rather reluctant star, what with his ball being stuck at the bottom of a 15-foot bank... this shot could alter the course of this championship... -14 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Furyk

0058: Watney's been made to pay for that ordinary drive, catching his second thick and yanking down the bank short and left. No mistake from Furyk from the centre of the fairway and Kuchar sidles up beside him. -14 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Furyk

0056: Watney's not too happy with his drive, he's pushed it wide a mere 252 yards. Kuchar and Furyk bomb their drives 30 yards past. JB Holmes had a shocker today, he's in with a 77. Decent enough effort from Bubba, though, a 70 for him and he's -7. -14 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Furyk

0050: If you're Rory McIlroy looking at this leaderboard, you've got to be thinking to yourself, "there's no-one I really fear here - not Jason Day, not Wenchong Liang, not even Nicky Watney." I can see him going out all guns blazing tomorrow, armed to the teeth, just like Sergio used to do. Remember him? He was destined to win a major once... -14 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Furyk

0046: Watney with a birdie putt from 40 feet... bending, bending, bending, just lips out! That should be a par to stay -14. Furyk doesn't hit his birdie putt, and Kuchar pushes his right. -14 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Furyk

0039: Vijay's in with a 73 after bogey at the last and Jason Dufner's in with a 69 for eight under overall. Watney on the par-three 17th and it's pretty ordinary, short and left. A shot less ordinary from Kuchar, can he pick up another? Furyk pulls out his three iron and drills one straight into the heart of the green. -14 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Furyk

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0032: Stewart Cink opened up with a 77 and needed a long putt to make the cut but he's five under going into the final day after a round of 66 today. Finally a birdie putt drops for Kuchar, he's one over for his round and seven under for the week. Molder leaks a shot at the last, drops back to eight under.-14 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Furyk

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0032: Lovely touch from Furyk from the right-hand side of the fairway, a chance to join Dustin and McIlroy on 10 under par. Molder found nonsense with his second at 18 but that's a pretty handy recovery. That's unerring from Watney, his ball thinking about ducking right before deciding to do its master's bidding and drop - his lead now four, that could be massive. Furyk's missed right, stays nine under. -14 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Molder, Furyk

0027: We've got a crescent moon over Wisconsin now as Watney clips his third to within 10 feet at 16. Kuchar gets inside him though, let's hope he can hole one, it's been a chastening day. -13 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Molder, Furyk

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0023: Bubba rolls one in for birdie at 16, he's back at seven under. Dustin's in with a 67 after a solid par at the last as Furyk leaks his drive right at the 16th. Rory's also in for a 67, but we think Dustin will be out with Watney tomorrow because he holed his putt first. -13 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Molder, Furyk

0019: What a recovery that is by McIlroy, flopping on to within a few feet at 18. What news of Noh of Korea? Moving day apparently doesn't apply to him, he's level through 17 and still -5. -13 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Molder, Furyk

0016: Khan makes par at the last and is in with a 71 for six under overall. What odds a PGA double for the man from Chingford? McIlroy sprays his second short and wide at 18, that hole's playing colossal today. Third-round 68 for home-town boy Stricker, he's four under. -13 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Molder, Furyk

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0012: Unheralded American Jason Dufner's not going away - three under for his round today and eight under for the week. Watney in for par at 15 to maintain his three-stroke lead. Shot gone for Zach Johnson at the last, he slips back to a tie for 10th but that's a pretty handy round of 69. -13 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Molder, Furyk

0006: Watney in a fairway trap at 16 and he clips it off the top. Crackerjack second from Khan at 18 - along with Simon Dyson on six under, he's currently the highest-placed Englishman. Rory's boomed one down the middle at 18 and Dustin Johnson's ball has gone fully 30 yards past. -13 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Molder, Z Johnson, Furyk

0001: News of Ian Poulter, who played like a man with a heavy chest infection today for a round of 77. He did, incidentally, have a heavy chest infection. Dustin Johnson's birdie attempt at 17 starts left and stays left, as does McIlroy's. Furyk's yanked his second short and left of the green at the 518-yard par-four 15th. -13 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Molder, Z Johnson, Furyk

2357: Kaymer putting his own shadow at 18 but he tugs it left - in the clubhouse on nine under after a 67. McIlroy with a storming tee shot at 17 and Dustin follows him on. Molder gets it all wrong at 16, flighting his chip too far and his ball dribbling miles past the pin. -13 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Molder, Z Johnson, Furyk

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2354: Johnson made that birdie putt coming back and McIlroy's rammed home his eight-footer - the pair of them striking out for the leader and reducing his lead to three. Dustin's not the only Johnson ripping it up, Zach's at it, too - birdie at 16, he's eight under... AND ANOTHER! The former Masters champion now nine under. -13 Watney -10 D Johnson, McIlroy -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, Molder, Z Johnson, Furyk

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It's good news for a United States player
2349: Jason Day's in with a 66 and is alongside Liang in the clubhouse on nine under. Touch of an orangutan from Dustin J at the par-five 16th, and not in a good way - he's raced his eagle attempt miles past. Watney and Furyk have got the hole surrounded at the 373-yard 14th - both on in two, and Watney's drained another to increase his lead to four. Furyk also takes advantage to get to -9. -13 Watney -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, D Johnson, McIlroy, Molder, Furyk

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2344: Molder in for par at 15 to stay nine under. Brandt Snedeker is six under for his round and five under for the week. Brandt's favourite guilty pleasure? "People watching, especially in airports." His usual night on the road? "Low-key, simple dinner, back to the hotel, catch up with family and friends on the computer, watch the Discovery Channel and go to bed." -12 Watney -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, D Johnson, McIlroy, Molder

2339: Furyk had a good chance to get to nine under at 13 but missed a short one. Simon Khan with a huge breaker on 16 - misread the line but the weight was bang on. Kaymer with a six iron into the heart of the 17th - he'll be putting uphill. In for par goes the German. The younger Molinari, Francesco, is in with a 71 after a bogey at the last. -12 Watney -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, D Johnson, McIlroy, Molder

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2333: Kaymer witth a great save at 16 to stay nine under. Here's our glorious leader Watney at 13 but his birdie effort is a little nervy and comes up short. McIlroy keeps on rolling in the savers, which are almost as important as birdies, there's another from eight feet at 15. Well done Tiger - 25-footer at the last for birdie-birdie finish and a round of 72. Everyone keeps on going on about how rubbish he is nowadays, but he's three under and tied for 31st... -12 Watney -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, D Johnson, McIlroy, Molder

2326: Another Aussie making hay is Jason Day - he's birdied 16 and 17 to join the shindig on nine under par. My profuse apologies to the good folk of China - that putt by Liang at the last was for par, he remains nine under. Sorry... -12 Watney -9 Liang, Day, Kaymer, D Johnson, McIlroy, Molder

2320: Steve Elkington, the man from Wagga Wagga, "is considered the best interviewee of all-time on The Jim Rome Show" according to Wikipedia, whatever that means. He hasn't won on the PGA Tour since 1999. Great recovery from Liang at nine - and he's only gone and made that 15-footer disappear. That's a course-record 64, and he's just grabbed the clubhouse lead. Here's Kaymer with ball above feet at 16 - good contact, ball just short of the green. -12 Watney -10 Liang -9 Kaymer, D Johnson, McIlroy, Molder

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2314: Liang finds nonsense with his second into nine, his final hole - he'll do well to make par from there. Shot gone for Furyk, he drops out of the tie for second. Good three for Watney... -12 Watney -9 Liang, Kaymer, D Johnson, McIlroy, Molder

2314: Watney's curly one for birdie at 11 runs out of puff. Kuchar, the only man in the top 20 not under par today, could do with this dropping... putting like me today, everything coming up short. -12 Watney -9 Liang, Kaymer, D Johnson, McIlroy, Molder, Furyk

2312: I suppose I should tell you about this Woods chap - he looks like someone's stolen his chi, four bogeys today, two over for his round, -1 overall. 'The Elk' is on the march - five birdies in seven between 10 and 17, the 1995 champ is eight under. Great save from McIlroy at 14 after a pearling bunker escape. Liang from range at eight... is it... is it... no, misses just left... -12 Watney -9 Liang, Kaymer, D Johnson, McIlroy, Molder, Furyk

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2307: Birdie for Simon Khan at 14 to get back to -3, but it's been tough going for him today. Molder burns the edge of the hole with his birdie attempt at 13, stays nine under. David Toms, the 2001 champion, is five under today through 13 and -4 for the week. -12 Watney -9 Liang, Kaymer, D Johnson, McIlroy, Molder, Furyk

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2302: Hot breath on Watney's neck, the hounds hunting him down. Here's his third to par-five 11th - safely on, Furyk and Kuchar await him. That's some swing Liang's got - pretty conventional backswing but his follow through is like scythe carving through wheat. Into the heart at the eighth. Guess what? Nicky Watney's slipped his pursuers - birdie at 11, his lead now three... -12 Watney -9 Liang, Kaymer, D Johnson, McIlroy, Molder, Furyk

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2256: McIlroy cutting his second into the 13th with a wedge and that's a plum - the man from Holywood coming over all Hollywood before strolling up and popping in for birdie. Birdie for Molder at the par-three 12th, and all of a sudden there are six men on nine under par. -11 Watney -9 Liang, Kaymer, D Johnson, McIlroy, Molder, Furyk

2252: Wenchong Liang goes eight under for his round with a 20-foot birdie putt on seven - nine under now, and the thing is, hardly any of these putts have been from under 10 feet. England's Brian Davis is putting a good round together, he's three under with one to play and four under overall. -11 Watney -9 Liang, Kaymer, D Johnson, Furyk -8 McIlroy, Molder

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2247: Francesco Molinari is helping keep the European end up, the Italian birdies 15 to get to four under for his round and seven under today. After that hailstorm of birdies, the field is suddenly becalmed - overnight leader Kuchar certainly treading water, just a par at 10 after a scorching approach. Ernie Els not quite out of it yet - he carded a three-under 69 today and is five under par. -11 Watney -9 Kaymer, D Johnson, Furyk -8 Liang, McIlroy, Molder

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2243: Dyson has three-putted the last - round of 68, six under for the week, but the sleep won't be as sweet as it might have been. Mickelson in with a 73, his chance gone. Jim Furyk makes a lengthy birdie putt disappear at 10, the Pennsylvania native, the 2003 US Open champion, moves to -9. Good save by McIlroy at 12, Dustin leaves his birdie attempt low and taps in for par. -11 Watney -9 Kaymer, D Johnson, Furyk -8 Liang, McIlroy, Molder

2238: Molder all over the pin at the par-five 11th, he's got another birdie chance. Liang Wenchong is now seven under for his round after a seventh birdie at six - the Chinese player joins the group tied for fourth on eight under. Dyson's long-range birdie attempt comes up well short on 18. -11 Watney -9 Kaymer, D Johnson -8 Liang, McIlroy, Molder, Furyk

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2234: Dustin J with a great birdie chance but he's muffed it. Korea's Kyung-tae Kim is four under through 15 today and six under overall, and Italy's Francesco Molinari birdied 13 and is also six under. Kaymer taps in for birdie at 13, the man from Dusseldorf joins Dustin J in a tie for second on nine under. Steve Elkington has bogeyed 14, bringing an end to a run of four straight birdies - the 1995 champion is -6. -11 Watney -9 Kaymer, D Johnson -8 McIlroy, Molder, Furyk

2228: Martin Kaymer follows up that birdie at 12 with a peach of an approach at 13 to set up yet another birdie chance. Dustin Johnson has battered his second through the green at 11 - this hole's 618 yards, by the way - and he shows gossamer touch to get it close with his third. -11 Watney -9 D Johnson -8 Kaymer, McIlroy, Molder, Furyk

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2225: Furyk's birdie attempt at nine comes up short and he's out in 34 - solid, if unspectacular. Watney with a snaking left-to-righter for birdie at nine... misses just left, he's out in 32, -11 overall. Wenchong Liang has birdied the fifth to get to -7, Kuchar's lost his grip on the top branch and is hitting every branch on the way down - another one gone, he's out in 38... -11 Watney -9 D Johnson -8 Kaymer, McIlroy, Molder, Furyk

2222: My internet is currently down which means I don't have google which means don't ask me anything about anything, I'm momentarily unplugged. What a shot that is from Watney off the slope, he's given himself a chance of birdie at nine after that wild drive. Great save by Dyson at eight, he stays seven under. -11 Watney -9 D Johnson -8 Kaymer, McIlroy, Molder, Furyk

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2217: Nicky Watney sprays his tee shot right at nine, Furyk and Kuchar pop there drives straight down the middle. Kaymer with another birdie at 12! The German playing rope-a-dope, he's back to eight under... Bryce Molder's going nowhere, the American's birdie effort pops in the side door at 10... -11 Watney -9 D Johnson -8 Kaymer, McIlroy, Molder, Furyk

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2210: Here's York's Simon Dyson at eight, after a good drive - poor swing, he's missed the green to the right. Dustin Johnson made birdie at 10 to grab outright second, it's getting very spicy out there... -11 Watney -9 D Johnson -8 McIlroy, Furyk -7 Dyson, Day, Molder, Kaymer, Kuchar

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2207: McIlroy putting for birdie at 10... that never looked in, but the hole reached out and grabbed it - he's back up to -8. Stephen Gallacher for birdie at 11 but he doesn't hit it, the Scotsman stays six under and in a share of 12th. Kaymer's let a shot go at the par-five 11th, that'll feel like a couple gone. Kuchar hasn't middled another birdie attempt, he stays -7... Watney runs into a brick wall, bogey at eight, back to -10... -11 Watney -8 Kaymer, McIlroy, D Johnson, Furyk -7 Dyson, Day, Molder, Kuchar

2202: Many thanks to Mark Ashenden, Ben Dirs to take you through to the close - manually refresh to avoid confusion. Here's Watney at eight and he follows up a sloppy drive with a choppy second into some cabbage. Majestic approach from Kuchar, though, as McIlroy duffs a chip up ahead at 10. -12 Watney -8 Kaymer, D Johnson, Furyk -7 Dyson, Day, McIlroy, Molder, Kuchar

By Mark Ashenden

2155: FYI - golf is golf in German. And golf club is golfschläger. Although I'm sure someone will tell me I'm talking rubbish. Yarr or nein? England's Simon Dyson is having a cracker. Five birdies and then a bogey and now another birdie on the sixth. He's on -7. Sweet work.

2152: Any German golf fans out there? Well start waving your flags now because your boy Kaymer has birdied the 10th to tie for second spot with Furyk and Johnson on -8. That's four birdies and six pars so far. Crikey - that's a pretty little card. What's German for golf? Is it 'golf' or 'golfen'?

2148: Talking of stinky bogeys, Rory McIlroy makes a five on the par four eighth and then pars the ninth after kissing the edge of the cup with a cute chip from the edge. Two under for his front nine and he's four off the pace. He's still got a massive chance for glory this weekend.

2144: We're back with the leader. Oh lordy. Five birdies in his first seven holes. Nick Watney is flaming, the boy's on fire. He's now -12 and four ahead of Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk. The only other Dustin I know is comic legend Dustin Gee?

2142: For all you Tiger fans. Here's some news to put a smile on your face. A birdie. Yep. a birdie. Gets a four at the par five 11th to put him on -1. Something to make those three earlier stinky bogeys a distant memory perhaps.

2138: China's Wenchong Liang continues his fine start. Fine? He's steaming. Five birdies in his first nine holes - two pars on one and two though. He's only six behind the leader.

2135: Watney steps up to the 7th tee with the big watery lake sitting menacingly to the right like a large crocodile waiting to eat up your ball. Or maybe that's just me who focuses too much on all the hazards. Watney laughs in the face of this hazard though as he plants one to within one feet of the pin. Surely not another birdie? He's running away at the moment.

2131: Just in case you're a little confused. Because I am. Hit the refresh button if you want to decimate the words Ben Dirs from the top of the screen. If you want to read my words and keep Ben's name at the top, then don't. Simple.

2130: Furyk grabs a comfortable par to stay two off the pace. Here we go with Watney. Wallop. 15 feet and it's a fourth birdie in six holes. He moves to -11. By the way, he's wearing a pillar box red shirt. I know a golf club in south London whose rules stipulate you wearing a pillar box red shirt. Not just red - but pillar box red. Anybody else with some bonkers rules?

2124: Right. I'm going to take a mental photograph of the top of the leaderboard, take a photocopy and pass it on. Here goes.
-10 Watney -8 D Johnson, McIlroy, Kuchar, Furyk -7 Day, Kaymer, Molder, Kuchar

2121: Me again. Don't think Ben's producing tears tonight but I've pre-empted some late night emotions by stepping into the throne for a few moments. I think he's grabbing a sanie actually. Evening. Oh dear. Watney finds the heart of the fairway and some buffoon shouts "get in the hole". Don't you just love it when they do that? And wohhh Molder finds the hole from the rough and birdies a beauty on the par three seventh. He moves to seven under and is another one sniffing the summit. Sensational.

By Ben Dirs

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2116: Nothing dropping for Kuchar and he's leaving everything short - only a par at the fifth, and Watney makes the most of his slip, rattling in his birdie effort from the fringe. Here's Mark Ashenden for 20 minutes or so... -10 Watney -8 D Johnson, McIlroy, Kuchar, Furyk -7 Day, Kaymer

2114: Kuchar hasn't really done much wrong - until now. He finds the beach with his second at five but plays a decent enough recovery. Dyson for birdie at four... slides it by from 10 feet, good to see him finding some form though. Vijay Singh bogeyed four but hit back with birdies at five and six and is now six under. -9 Watney -8 D Johnson, McIlroy, Kuchar, Furyk -7 Day, Kaymer

2109: Dustin J has a chance to join Watney atop the board but that was a very nervy poke indeed. Can McIlroy make his par putt at seven? Yes he can, slick left-to-righter on the seventh green. Korea's Seung Yul Noh has fallen off the pace, he's one over for his round through seven and four under overall. -9 Watney -8 D Johnson, McIlroy, Kuchar, Furyk -7 Day, Kaymer

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2105: Casey with some bird trouble at three - looks like thrush, and it's difficult to get rid of - but it eventually hops off the green and the Englishman pops in for birdie to get to -3. Kaymer in trouble at eight but what a saver that is from all of 25 feet. Fourteen players separated by just three shots... -9 Watney -8 D Johnson, McIlroy, Kuchar, Furyk -7 Day, Kaymer

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2102: Simon Khan is one under today through seven and six under for the week and fellow Englishman Simon Dyson has just birdied three to join him. ACE FOR TOM LEHMAN AT 17! It doesn't get much better than this... -9 Watney -8 D Johnson, McIlroy, Kuchar, Furyk -7 Day, Kaymer

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2056: McIlroy finds a bunker guarding the green at six and Kuchar's in a spot of bother at four, but that's a pretty good recovery from down there, he's left himself a 12-footer for par. Watney for par at four and it's no gimme... he's drained it from 20 feet to stay one clear. What a shot that is from McIlroy, very nearly holing his sand escape. It's two in a row for Dustin, he's three under through six and eight under for the week, and they're all at it, Furyk's followed him in to get to eight under. And Kaymer's drained another one at seven! He's seven under... AND HERE'S ELS! Birdie at 11, he's four under overall... out a fork in me, I'm done... NO I'M NOT! Kuchar makes his clutch par putt at the fourth! Deary me, old Whistling Straits could do with putting its teeth back in... -9 Watney -8 D Johnson, McIlroy, Kuchar, Furyk -7 Day, Kaymer

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2047: Did I mention McIlroy made birdie at five? No? Well, he did, he's now eight under with Kuchar, one behind Watney. JB Holmes lets two shots go at the par-four fourth and he drops back to -5, but there's no stopping Wenchong Liang - another birdie at 18 and he's covered the back nine in 31... -9 Watney -8 McIlroy, Kuchar -7 Day, D Johnson, Furyk -6 Khan, Liang, Kaymer

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2044: Dustin Johnson from long range at five - right in the middle, he moves to seven under. Kaymer is red hot at the moment, his tee shot at the par-three, 221-yard seventh is all over the flag. Casey with one leg up on the bank and the other down below at the first but that's an impeccable recovery to six feet. -9 Watney -8 McIlroy, Kuchar -7 Day, D Johnson, Holmes, Furyk -6 Khan, Kaymer

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2037: All change at the top of the leaderboard - Jason Day has nailed another one at six to join the group on seven under and JB Holmes has gone with him, birdieing the par-three third. McIlroy bailed out right with his second at five and his pitch on is OK, if unspectacular. Shot gone for the unheralded Bryce Molder at four, he slips back to five under. -9 Watney -8 Kuchar -7 McIlroy, Holmes, Furyk -6 Khan, Kaymer, D Johnson

2034: Woods's round's not get any better, it's as if the previosu two days never happened - he's carved a three wood barely 250 yards off the tee at eight, into the cabbage. Kaymer gives himself another very makeable birdie chance at six but leaves it low to stay six under. -9 Watney -8 Kuchar -7 McIlroy, Holmes, Furyk -6 Day, Khan, Kaymer, D Johnson, Molder

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2030: Wenchong Liang is threatening to tear the back nine a new hole - four birdies through seven, the 32-year-old man from Zhongshan is now four off the lead at five under. McIlroy's got one of his bigger sticks out as he waits to play on the fifth fairway - he's going to have a go at it. Watney's birdie effort at three comes up a whisker short, Furyk bangs his birdie putt in to get to -7, but Kuchar's not quite on the money on the greens, he tugs his effort left... -9 Watney -8 Kuchar -7 McIlroy, Holmes, Furyk -6 Day, Khan, Kaymer, D Johnson, Molder

2025: Jason Day has flown in under the radar - the man from Beaudesert, Queensland has birdied two, four and five to get to six under. Watney's hot - he's stiffed his tee shot at three to within eight feet. Get inside that - and Matt Kuchar does, getting a member's roll off the bank. Bit intimidating for poor old Jim Furyk, but the old man's risen to the challenge, sticking his to within six feet. Putt-off... -9 Watney -8 Kuchar -7 McIlroy, Holmes -6 Day, Khan, Kaymer, D Johnson, Molder, Furyk

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2017: McIlroy with a slight misread at four, chance gone begging, but Nicky Watney's birdied one and two for the third round in a row - the man from Fresno now the outright leader. Big-hitting German Martin Kaymer pops in a short birdie putt at five to join the chasing pack on six under... it's getting very interesting... -9 Watney -8 Kuchar -7 McIlroy, Holmes -6 Khan, Kaymer, D Johnson, Molder, Furyk

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2012: Dustin Johnson bombed his tee shot miles past McIlroy at four and he's inside the Northern Irishman with his second. Monstrous. Woods somehow escapes with a par at six, Dyson's let a shot go at nine. Kuchar up the hill at two but for the second green in succession he didn't hit it. Furyk for birdie from 12 feet but he tugs it left... -8 Kuchar, Watney -7 McIlroy, Holmes -6 Khan, D Johnson, Molder, Furyk

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2009: Woods in trouble again off the tee at the short par-four sixth. Molder's birdie effort at three hasn't quite got the legs as Khan squeezes in a great saver at four. JB Holmes birdies two to join McIlroy on seven under but their union might be a short one - Rory's just hit a pin-seeking approach at the fourth, leaving himself an eight-footer for birdie. Francesco Molinari bends in a 12-footer for birdie at six, the Italian back to -3 after a double on the second. -8 Kuchar, Watney -7 McIlroy, Holmes -6 Dyson, Khan, D Johnson, Molder, Furyk

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It's bad news for a United States player
It's bad news for a United States player
2002: McIlroy on the charge - he follows up his birdie at two with another at three and is now in a tie for third on seven under. While all around them are making hay, the top two players in the world are going in the other direction - shots gone for Woods on four and five after some more wild and windy driving and Mickelson's leaked one at 17 to fall back to -2. -8 Kuchar, Watney -7 McIlroy -6 Dyson, Khan, D Johnson, Molder, Holmes, Furyk

It's good news for a United States player
It's good news for a Briton
1957: Khan for birdie at three after a coruscating approach and he taps that in for birdie to get to six under. Here's Kuchar with a 15-foot putt for birdie on one - robotic in his first two rounds, a few signs of nerves there, well short. Nicky Watney's in for birdie though, he joins Kuchar atop the leaderboard. -8 Kuchar, Watney -6 Dyson, D Johnson, Khan, McIlroy, Molder, Holmes, Furyk

It's good news for a Briton
It's good news for a European
1950: They're all out there now and it's all happening - Dyson made birdie at 16 and the Yorkshireman is now four under through seven and in that group on six under. Sweden's Robert Karlsson is all over the pin with his approach at 16 and taps in for birdie to get to -4, and they'll be gathering round their TV screens all over China - Wenchong Liang has birdied 11, 13 and 14 to get to -4. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -6 Dyson, D Johnson, McIlroy, Molder, Holmes, Furyk

It's good news for a United States player
It's good news for a Briton
1946: Kuchar on tee, and the man from Atlanta drills one straight down the middle. Nick Watney - favourite drink: chocolate milk; favourite music: rap - tugs hsi drive left, but that's OK, and Jim Furyk is also safely away. Dustin Johnson breaks free of the peloton on five under with birdie at two, and McIlroy goes with him with a solid birdie putt on the same hole. Lefty finally makes one disappear, birdie at 16, he's three under... -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -6 Dyson, D Johnson, McIlroy, Molder, Holmes, Furyk

1940: Simon Khan's birdie effort from range at the second stays left as Stephen Gallacher's lengthy effort at the third comes up right. McIlroy sticks his third at the second to within four or five feet, he'll have that to get to six under. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -6 Molder, Holmes, Furyk

It's good news for a United States player
1937: Simon Dyson is swinging some serious haymakers - he's on in two at the par-five 16th. Bryce Molder birdies the first and is now two off the lead at six under. White horses on Lake Michigan, wind picking up in Wisconsin...

1933: We've got Bubba on tee now, and he's playing with fellow American JB Holmes and Ryan Palmer. Holmes, with a swing seemingly honed on the baseball diamonds of Kentucky, misses the short stuff, and Bubba, with a swing that comes in so many parts you'd need a 300-page instruction page to fit it back together if it ever went wrong, misses it too. Palmer's on though... Casey with a peach of second at 15 but he tugs the birdie putt left.

It's good news for a European
1929: Chingford's Simon Khan is under way, par at the first for him. Plenty of Europeans developing sharp elbows and making their way up the leaderboard - Gregory Bourdy of Bordeaux drains a birdie putt at two and is in that huge gaggle at five under.

It's good news for a European
It's bad news for a Briton
1926: Dyson's birdie effort is a little shy, he stays five under, and here's McIlroy at the first - doesn't hit it, he remains five under. Australia's Jason Day - a new name for many, although he won the Byron Nelson in May - moves to -4 with a birdie at two. Kaymer for birdie from 10 feet at two and he bends it in to move to -5. Shot gone for Gallacher at the par-five second, blame the duffed chip.

1922: Zach Johnson should have been six under but his shortish birdie putt at one horseshoed out. Tiger on tee at four but he's yanked it left again. Simon Dyson with a solid approach into 15 and Mickelson gets inside him. Casey for birdie at 14, just up the slope from 15 feet - stays right, stays three under. A hawk soars up above as Mickelson lines up a birdie attempt from 20 feet... just not happening, breaks too soon.

It's good news for a United States player
1916: Woods has had three birdie chances at the first three but that's another one gone begging, his ball refusing to duck right. Chad Campbell squeezes in a 15-foot birdie putt at two to move to four under.

It's good news for a Briton
1914: There are Brits in contention, they're just not the Brits you might have expected - Stephen Gallacher has joined Simon Dyson on five under after a birdie at one. Francesco Molinari did let a shot go at two, he's back to two under.

1912: Don't be shy, send me your texts, it's a lonely world living in the shadow of the Premier League - GIRD YOUR LOINS AND RISE UP AGAINST IT! IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS! Matt Kuchar strolling about the range as if he's Cock o' the North - smiley, confident, I like it. Dyson marmalises his drive down the 15th - "nice" says Lefty, "thanks" says Dyson. Mickelson follows him down there...

1908: Rhys Davies, the sole Welshman in the field, bogeys the par-four fourth to slip back to -1. Rhys Davies stat attack: he was born in Edinburgh but moved to Wales when he was two; he played cricket for Glamorgan's academy and was in the same England Under 15 squad as Alastair Cook; he played golf at East Tennessee State University, where he was nicknamed 'The Package'. Dyson for a fourth straight birdie at 14... stays right of the hole...

1903: Francesco Molinari has hit more greens in regulation than anyone this week but he's just missed the short stuff with a pitch. Hackers across the world unite in laughter. His birdie putt's not much cop either, he's now scrapping to make par. Woods burns the edge of the hole with his birdie attempt, stays -3.

It's good news for a Briton
It's good news for a Briton
1856: They'll be dancing in the streets of York at the moment - Dyson has drained another birdie putt at 13, he's now three under through four and five under for the week. Cute third from Woods at two, he'll have a very makeable birdie putt from there. Shots to be had on the back nine it seems - Casey has kicked off with birdies at 10 and 12 to get to three under.

It's good news for a United States player
1852: Els in some bother at four and his third shot out of the sand comes up well short. Mickelson's birdie effort breaks too soon and that's another par at 13. Woods has got his left foot lower than his right off the fairway at two but he's managed to fashion a pretty good shot from there. Shot gone for Els at four, he slides back down to tow under. Chucky 'Three Sticks' moves to -3 with birdies at 10 and 11 - not my nickname for Charles Howell III, that of those crazy dudes in PGA locker rooms across America.

It's good news for a Briton
1846: Dyson of England follows up birdie at 11 with another at 12, he's now four under. Woods tugs his tee shot at two, he'll be playing from behind the gallery, as Mickelson misses another green with a wedge - all back to front from Lefty at the moment...

It's good news for a European
1844: Bobbly little birdie putt from Woods at one, he stays two under, before Francesco Molinari drains his 15-footer to get to four under, four off the lead. Mickelson has found every fairway so far and he clips a three wood down the middle at 13...

It's good news for a European
1841: American-based Swede Carl Pettersson has birdied the first to get to four under. It's all rather surreal at the moment - it looks like a links, it kind of plays like a links, the skies are pretty murky like a links, but everyone's spewing sweat - Darren Clarke looks like he's just had a shower with his clothes on, and he hasn't even left the range.

It's good news for a Briton
1838: Simon Dyson of York is out and about and he's birdied two to get to three under. Mickelson for birdie at 12, from 20 feet, but it doesn't break. Woods safely on in two at the first, as is 'The Elk'.

1833: Chocks away for Woods and he's safely away down the first. England's Ian Poulter has announced he's battling a chest infection - "I've had to get some drugs inside me, I just want to go to bed". Aaah, what a little hero...

1830: Mickelson with a solid up-and-down at 11, he stays two under. Here he is at the par-three 12th and that's pretty good, right into the heart. Yesterday we had a southerly wind, today it's from the north-west, although it's pretty timid. Els' birdie effort at three curls too soon, he stays three under.

1827: Sweet pitch on from Robert Karlsson at 11 and he should make birdie. Weather looks pretty meek at Whistling Straits, there should be some low scoring today. Tiger makes his way to the first tee, he's playing alongside Steve Elkington of Australia, who beat Colin Montgomerie in a play-off to win the title in 1995. Crackerjack tee shot fm Els at the par-three third...

1823: Many thanks Phil Harlow - I should point out that staff shortages today mean he was doing this plus his 'other' job, so big up. Mickelson's fast running out of gloves - another wild swing at 11 and another fan gets clobbered. Here's Els popping in for par at two, he stays three under.


By Phil Harlow

1810: Rory McIlroy is looking in good nick on the driving range before he goes out for one of the biggest round of his career. Very sensible attire too - nice bright red polo shirt and grey trousers. No worries on that front. Tiger, meanwhile, is striding purposefully towards the start of his round on the first. You'll all be delighted to know that's it from me. Ben 'Dirsy' Dirs will guide you through the thrills and spills of the rest of the third round.

1807: They're going off the first and the 10th. Phil Mickelson kicks things off on the 10th and starts with a par - but he doesn't look all that pleased with things.

1758: Finally got the info on what's what with the groupings for the third round - a few selected highlights, but full list available here : - Ernie Els, Shaun Micheel, Peter Hanson
- Steve Elkington, Tiger Woods, Francesco Molinari
- Seyung Yul Noh, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy
- Matt Kuchar, Nick Watney, Jim Furyk.

1753: We're just getting some shots of Tiger Woods out on the driving range going through some video of his swing on a snazzy looking camera. If he keeps up his form from just a short time ago in the second round, we could be in for something special.

1745: The hope is that by sending everybody out in threes, we'll be able to get things back on track after losing so many hours to the fog on days one and two.

1739: The third round will get under way in just over 10 minutes, with the players going out in threesomes. More news on who's with who to follow.

1730: Troy Matteson and Danny Willett just playing the last. Once these two have tapped it in, the second round is officially over and we can start thinking about third round stuff.

1723: We've very, very nearly finished the second round at Whistling Straits, then we'll know what's what in terms third-round pairings and the cut.

1714: Some reaction to a round containing just 25 putts from Tiger Woods - "I'm not hitting it well here, but I'm putting well and I'm right in the ball game." He's not wrong.

1709: By my reckoning, we've got 12 golfers still out on the course with the last group playing the 17th so we're not very far from finally finishing the second round.

1702: The cut looks like being two over, and that - as Iain Carter has just pointed out - is not good news if you are Colin Montgomerie. Not only have you just missed it by the not inconsiderable margin of 16 strokes, but also many of the players you'd quite like to see fine-tuning their game under the pressure of major tournament conditions ahead of Ryder Cup selection are also out of the loop. I'm looking at you Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Oliver Wilson, Ross Fisher.

BBC correspondent Iain Carter on Twitter: "Woods finishes with fab 2 putt for 70 that takes him to -3 T24. Harrington 71 +2 likely missed cut & not what Monty wanted- nor Donald & Rose missed cuts

1647: FYI - we're still not sure when the third round is going to get under way. Should get a better idea once all these second-round shenanigans are over.

From James in St Ives via text: "I have money on Brendon de Jonge. Thought it was all over after an opening 74, but what a round! Go zimbabwe!" Fair point there from James - as it stands, Brendon has stormed 78 places up the leaderboard for a share of fifth place after an astonishing nine birdies (and two bogeys). Two holes to go for him.

From anon via text on 81111: "Rory may get the press, but Rhys Davies having a blinder at -4. Need a Welshman in Ryder Cup."

It's good news for a United States player
1633: What a putt from Tiger. Fully 60 ft away, he rolls it to within, I'd say, six inches of the hole. He is back in the groove in a big way as he taps in for his birdie and a second-round 70, a score which moves him to three under.

The sun is out
1631: It's strange times at Whistling Straits as beautiful sunshine banishes memories of the thick fog which made such a mess of the first two days. "It's definitely different than normal," second-placed Nick Watney said on Friday. "I was actually talking to my caddie and we were talking about something that happened this morning but we both thought it was yesterday." I've been like that for years and I don't even play golf. I did meet my wife at Walton Hath Golf Club though - I washed dishes and she was a waitress. Romance.

1628: Yang found the creek with his tee shot at the last. Not looking good for him in terms of making the cut...

1620: Vijay, let's not forget is playing with Tiger Woods and defending champion YE Yang. The Fijian has had an absolute blinder in his second round: an initial bogey has been followed by five birdies, an eagle and 10 pars to absolutely rocket up the leaderboard. We may be still on the second round but day three has still been moving day for old Veej... Yang, meanwhile, is battling to make the cut. His active defence of his title might not be going on for that much longer. Tiger has enjoyed himself on the back nine with three birdies and has just played a beautiful approach at the last.

1617: Furyk has made six birdies (admittedly with three bogeys spoiling things a little) to card a 68. Vijay Singh is also just a shot back on five under.

1612: As Iain mentioned, we're getting some big names creeping up the leaderboard now with Jim Furyk and JB Holmes doing some damage as they move into a share of third place.

Twitter
1540: After the fog and all the trouble it's caused, conditions are very much better today as our BBC correspondent Iain Carter has tweeted from Whistling Straits: "Conditions perfect - Furyk & Holmes take full advantage to go to - 6 within 2 of the lead Woods -2 with 3 to play."

1525: Hello there all. I'm going to be taking you through the ups and downs of day three at the USPGA from Whistling Straits. The fog has cleared, the players are out and it's all hands to the pump to get the second round all done and dusted. Stay with me.



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