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USPGA day four as it happened

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By Ben Dirs

0119: Well, you have to say that was a pretty dramatic day's golf - McIlroy came close but will have many more chances; 'The Elk' came in from the cold; others wilted in the heat of battle; Dustin Johnson... oh, Dustin... ; but for some reason you always felt Kaymer might be last man standing - steely, steelier than Bubba anyway, to the German goes Glory's Last Shot... night...

0114: In it goes! Kaymer is the USPGA Champion! The 25-year-old German's first major, and only the second major winner from that country after Bernhard Langer. Watson +1, Kaymer level

0112: Watson's in for double-bogey from three feet, but that leaves Kaymer with a three-footer for the title...Watson -1, Kaymer -1

0111: ...Watson has to hole this really... AND HE NEARLY DOES! Hits the pin, but ricochets off it instead of dropping in... Watson -1, Kaymer -1

0109: Watson has a shot of 55 yards from below the hole - too much club, straight through the green, this championship is all but over... Watson -1, Kaymer -1

0108: Bubba playing his fourth from the drop-zone but he's taking an age over his shot... Watson -1, Kaymer -1

0104: Kaymer's caddie goes by the name of 'Wee Man', but he'll be dining big this evening - a snapper breaks Kaymer's concentration in the backswing, he steps away, he readdresses and he flops a seven iron to within 12 feet... Watson -1, Kaymer -1

0101: That was the one false move I was talking about, Kaymer will surely lay up now, no need to go for the jugular quite yet... sensible shot from Kaymer, just jabbing it onto the fairway... Watson -1, Kaymer -1

0059: Bubba looks to have a shortish stick in his hand, then again he gives it a fair old prang with his short sticks... should have gone with a long stick, Bubba's found the creek... Watson -1, Kaymer -1

0057: The rules dude was on the telly a few minutes back and said that all players were handed a notice before the tournament began stating that all sand areas are to be treated as bunkers. That may be the case, but what about sand that's been kicked, splashed and scraped out of bunkers? What about sand in divots? Aaah, who knows... Kaymer's got a stinking lie, he'll need a bit of luck from there... Watson -1, Kaymer -1

0054: Kaymer pushes his tee shot right at 18, almost in Dustin country... social golf, Bubba joins him... Watson -1, Kaymer -1


It's good news for a European
0051: Tremendous effort from Bubba from range, his ball just running out of puff but he knocks in for par. Kaymer's birdie effort looks like it's turning left but it suddenly straightens and takes a tumble - they're all level going down the 18th, one false move from either one of them and they're dead... Watson -1, Kaymer -1


0044: Watson has hit par, bogey, par, bogey on 17 this week, far from his favourite hole. Took five iron earlier today and missed the green left - this time he's straight down the collar... but that's even better from Kaymer - silence after he hit it, but that's a very makeable birdie chance... Watson -1, Kaymer level

It's good news for a United States player
0039: Right, we've got a play-off to concentrate on, we can discuss all that other stuff later... Kaymer gouged his second out of a tricky lie and has left himself a 30-footer for birdie... it curls left too soon but he's in for par. Bubba with a cute pitch on and he taps in for an early lead... Watson -1, Kaymer level

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Foz, Runcorn, via text: "Harsh, very harsh. Times like this that you wish those men in jackets had a bit more bend in them."

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Anon via text: "Just goes to show how incredibly stupid it is to design a course with so many bunkers. Yeah, quirky at the start of the week. Now? Not so much."

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Will, Sussex, via text: "We should be thankful that he missed the putt. The scenes that would have followed..."

0033: The play-off will consist of the 361-yard par-four 10th, the 223-yard par-three 17th and the 500-yard par-four 18th. Bubba slathers his tee shot down the 10th - that's gigantic, finishing just off the green. Kaymer goes with three wood and he finds sand... don't go grounding your club, Marty...

0027: Well, well, well, the boos ring out as Johnson's penalty is announced and the man himself flings his card aside and marches from the scorer's hut in disgust. Blow up at Pebble Beach, heartache at Whistling Straits, will he ever get over this? No Dustin in the three-hole shoot-out, it's Bubba v Kaymer...

0022: The thing is, if that was a bunker, then why are there people standing about in it? How is Johnson to know when he walks up there whether it's a bunker or just some sandy stuff that's been scuffed up? No doubt he grounded his club though, that's not really the issue here... -11 Watson (F), Kaymer (F), D Johnson (F)-10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy (F)

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Mark, Dublin, via text: "Wow. You've got to feel for Dustin Johnson. So unlucky. Imagine how bad he would have felt if he'd holed that par putt?"

0022: The thing is, if that was a bunker, then why are there people standing about in it? How is Johnson to know when he walks up there whether it's a bunker or just some sandy stuff that's been scuffed up? No doubt he grounded his club though, that's not really the issue here... -11 Watson (F), Kaymer (F), D Johnson (F)-10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy (F)

0019: We can see Dustin through the window of the scorer's hut, and the body language ain't great - hands open, shake of the head, looks like Dustin's toast. The word is that all sanded areas are designated as bunkers, which would mean a two-shot penalty for Dustin... rules are rules but that doesn't make it any less sickening. -11 Watson (F), Kaymer (F), D Johnson (F)-10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy (F)

0014: When is a bunker not a bunker? That is the question. Only Pete Dye, the maniac who designed this course, will have a definitive answer to that... have the men in blazers got the gumption to call him up on it? -11 Watson (F), Kaymer (F), D Johnson (F)-10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy (F)

0011: Every great thriller requires a sub-plot - Dustin Johnson's second at 18 was played out of sand, that we know, but was it a bunker? Difficult to say, some of this sand is just that, sand, but it looked as if he grounded his club - I'll keep you posted... -11 Watson (F), Kaymer (F), D Johnson (F)-10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy (F)

0009: ...timid, he's missed it right - we have a three-way play-off for the USPGA Championship at Whistling Straits... -11 Watson (F), Kaymer (F), D Johnson (F)-10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy (F)

0007: Johnson has one last look at his green planner, tosses it aside before taking aim... -12 D Johnson -11 Watson (F), Kaymer (F) -10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy (F)

0005: Watney in with an 81, he's not smiling now... -12 D Johnson -11 Watson (F), Kaymer (F) -10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy (F)

0005: Bit more tense than the Open, know what I mean? Dustin needs a sprinkling of Seve from where he is, short and left, or he needs something of what Watney just had, cracking bump and run from him... peach, absolute peach, he's got an eight-footer for the championship... -12 D Johnson -11 Watson (F), Kaymer (F) -10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy (F)

0002: Dustin's got a decent lie off some dusty stuff and he's given it an almighty thump... I reckon he let the crowd get to him there, going for Hollywood when small art-house picture might have been better, he'll do well to get up-and-down from there... -12 D Johnson -11 Watson (F), Kaymer (F) -10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy (F)

0000: Not to be for Rory - his putt looked in for much of the way but broke too soon. In for par, though, level-par 72 - had his chances, but then every man in this field could say that... -12 D Johnson -11 Watson (F), Kaymer (F) -10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy (F)

2358: Nick Watney is still out there, in case you were wondering - the overnight leader is nine over today through 17. Liang to putt first at 18, McIlroy might be able to crib his line - the Chinese man doesn't hit it but he should knock that one in for a round of 73 and eight under for the week.-12 D Johnson -11 Watson (F), Kaymer (F) -10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy

2354: Here's McIlroy, and he needs a shot that can be heard across the globe... not bad at all - five iron and he's drawn one in there to within 20 feet to give himself a chance... Dustin with his drive at 18 - lordy, lordy, it's a head-hunter into the gallery out right... -12 D Johnson -11 Watson (F), Kaymer (F), D Johnson -10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy

2351: Kaymer with a pretty good recovery from the bottom of the slope at 18, but he's left himself a horrible putt for par uphill... never in doubt - round of 72, he stays 11 under, over to you Dustin J... -12 D Johnson -11 Watson (F), Kaymer (F), D Johnson -10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy

It's good news for a United States player
2349: All of a sudden, it's Dustin Johnson's to lose - a double-breaker from 10 feet, ducking right at the end, and he grabs the outright lead... -12 D Johnson -11 Watson (F), Kaymer, D Johnson -10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy

2345: Liang made a birdie at 17 to get back to -8 and he's laced his drive down the middle at 18. McIlroy now, he needs a good swing - couldn't have placed it better... toughest hole on the course, is 18, playing 4.6 and Rory needs a 3.9... -11 Watson (F), Kaymer, D Johnson -10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy

2343: Whoops-a-daisy, Martin Hayesy - Kaymer doesn't hit his second at 18, he's in strife...-11 Watson (F), Kaymer, D Johnson -10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy

2341: The Elk with a long-range effort for birdie - doesn't hit it, lucky to make par from there. McIlroy with a double-breaker at 17 - wrong line, never in, needs a miracle at 18... shot gone for Elkington, he drops out of that tie for fourth... well done Zach Johnson, he makes his 12-footer for a round of 70 and stays 10 under. -11 Watson (F), Kaymer, D Johnson -10 Z Johnson (F), McIlroy

2337: McIlroy on 17 - five iron, decent enough, probably not good enough. Dustin at 16 and that's a doozy of a third out of the cabbage - in goes the tiddler, he's co-leader. Kaymer drills his drive down 18 - bit right, long shot in... -11 Watson (F), Kaymer, D Johnson -10 Elkington, Z Johnson, McIlroy

2333: Elkington with his second at 18 - doesn't like it, but he's got a shot at a birdie. Kaymer stays 11 under - ballsy saver from the German at 17. Four good swings and he's into a play-off... -11 Kaymer, Watson (F) -10 Elkington, Z Johnson, McIlroy, D Johnson

It's good news for a United States player
2330: McIlroy fires his birdie effort by the hole at 16, he's got another knee-trembler coming back... well done, he remains a shot behind, but that's two good chances gone. Dustin sprays out of the sand at 16, his chance may have gone, and here's Jason Dufner rolling one in from 40 feet for birdie at the last - back to nine under, Rory would take that off him for a couple of million... -11 Kaymer, Watson (F) -10 Elkington, Z Johnson, McIlroy, D Johnson

2326: Zach J was in for par at 17 to stay 10 under, while McIlroy has pushed his second right at 16. Zach J down the last - pretty good, down the right-hand side. McIlroy heavy with his third, he needs a miracle to make birdie from there... whatever happens from here, it's been a classic... -11 Kaymer, Watson (F) -10 Elkington, Z Johnson, McIlroy, D Johnson

It's good news for a United States player
2323: Can I just apologise for any inaccuracies over the last few holes, the official leaderboard has chosen this moment to conk out and I'm doing the very best I can. To make thing clear, Kaymer just played 16, McIlroy is on 16, and here's Bubba for par at 18... from six feet... in it goes for a round of 68, he's in the clubhouse on 11 under par. Elkington went miles by with his second at 17 and that's a shot gone, the lead now two-way... -11 Kaymer, Watson (F) -10 Elkington, Z Johnson, McIlroy D Johnson

2319: Zinger of a drive from Rory down 16, hugging the left side of the fairway. Kaymer very nearly hits the flag with his recovery at 16 - but it's raced a fair distance by. Twelve-footer for birdie but he's yanked that left, for the third time in five holes. Nervy, jerky - that's pressure racing through you. Dustin Johnson's birdie effort at 15 lips out, and he very nearly muffs the putt coming back... -11 Elkington, Kaymer, Watson -10 Z Johnson, McIlroy D Johnson

It's bad news for a Briton
2314: 'Enter The Elk' - you can imagine all the young guns turning round at the bar and muttering: "Where did the old dude come from, and what's his business here?" He's let the adrenalin get the better of him at 17, though, that's gone right through the green. Kaymer pumped up, too, through the green at 15... here's Bubba with his second at 18 - it's on, but no great shakes... -11 Elkington, Kaymer, Watson -10 Z Johnson, McIlroy D Johnson

It's bad news for a Briton
2311: Elkington for eagle at 16... it's in all the way... until the very last that is, missing by a hair's breadth - we have a four-way tie for the lead. That might not last long though, because McIlroy has left himself a dirty little tester for par at 15 (not the 16th) - and he's missed it coming back - three-way tie for the lead, McIlroy not in it... -11 Elkington, Kaymer, Watson -10 Z Johnson, McIlroy D Johnson

2306: McIlroy's lead could be shortlived - The Elk, all 47 years of him, gives it some clatter at 16 and he's on in two - he's got an eagle putt from 15 feet for the outright lead. Here's Watson on 18 and he's roasted that, should be on in two... here's McIlroy with his second at the tricky 15th - over the back, but he should make par from there... -11 McIlroy, Kaymer -10 Watson, Elkington, D Johnson -9 Z Johnson, Dufner

It's bad news for a European
It's bad news for a United States player
2303: Bubba with an uphill putt into the breeze and it comes up short - shot gone, although could have been far worse from where he was. Kaymer with an awkward chip at 15 - looked good, but he's got a knee-knocker coming back... missed it left, all of a sudden Rory McIlroy is tied for the lead... -11 McIlroy, Kaymer -10 Watson, Elkington, D Johnson -9 Z Johnson, Dufner

2258: McIlroy on tee at 15... pushed right, skips through the bunker... and out again... Bubba in a world of pain at 17 but he's managed to pop it up to the right of the green and could make par from there. Dustin went for the green off the tee at 14, found sand, but that's a cute recovery - chance to get to -11. Jason Dufner with a curly one for birdie at 16 - breaks right, he stays nine under... -12 Watson, Kaymer -11 McIlroy -10 Elkington, D Johnson -9 Z Johnson, Dufner

It's good news for a Briton
2254: Here's joint leader Watson at 17... one good swing needed... he's yanked it over the cliff edge, all that work undone... YOU GO RORY! FINALLY ONE DROPS AND HE'S ONE OFF THE LEAD! Camilo Villegas in with a 68, only the third round under 70 today - the handsome sod is eight under for the week and tied for eighth. -12 Watson, Kaymer -11 McIlroy -10 Elkington, D Johnson -9 Z Johnson, Dufner

It's good news for a United States player
2248: Watson with an eagle putt for the lead... up the slope, ducking right... misses by no more than two inches. Dustin in for birdie at 13, he's back up to -10. Kaymer with a chance to shake off Bubba - that's one big bug to have crawling all over your back - but he leaves his birdie effort right at 14. -12 Watson, Kaymer -10 Elkington, McIlroy, D Johnson -9 Z Johnson, Dufner

2246: Watson on 16 and he finds the centre of the dancefloor with a five iron - "I'm having lots of fun," he cracks to the camera as he bounces down towards the green. Dustin Johnson is managing to ignore the smoke coming off playing partner Watney and hold his round together, he remains -9. -12 Kaymer -11 Watson -10 Elkington, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Dufner, D Johnson

2241: Apologies, that was Bubba clattering one down 16, not 15, and here's Kaymer with another spectacular recovery at 13, out of the wispy stuff and into the guts of the green. Is McIlroy going to pull out the big stick at 14 and go for the green? Apparently not, three wood it is, and he's left himself a flip on with a wedge. -12 Kaymer -11 Watson -10 Elkington, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Dufner, D Johnson

2237: Bubba's swing ain't pretty, but it's mighty effective - he goes walkabout after his smite up on 15 - and it lands dead centre. Don't go teaching that... McIlroy gives himself another chance with a solid approach at 13 - looks straight, and it is straight, but it shaves the hole left... -12 Kaymer -11 Watson -10 Elkington, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Dufner, D Johnson

2235: Bubba's wedge approach actually rolled back down the slope and he doesn't hit is birdie attempt, his ball running out of puff a couple of feet short. Watney snakes in a par putt at 12 - "do you care?" asks his caddie before his strike, "I thought you'd started to care..." To explain, he was out in 43. Elkington, champion in 1995, pars 14... -12 Kaymer -11 Watson -10 Elkington, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Dufner, D Johnson

2230: Watson's wedge at 15 comes to rest 10 feet from the pin, he'll have that for a share of the lead... McIlroy pings a drive down the middle at 13, A1 positioning... -12 Kaymer -11 Watson -10 Elkington, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Dufner, D Johnson

It's bad news for a United States player
2227: Watney's made a double-bogey seven at 11, he's nine over today - playing partner Dustin Johnson might be a shoulder to cry on, the same thing happened to him at the US Open. Kaymer can just about see the top of the flag but he's nipped it on the dancefloor... McIlroy with another chance to get within one at 12... his ball breaks too soon - the man from Holywood needs something Hollywood, and fast... -12 Kaymer -11 Watson -10 Elkington, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Dufner, D Johnson

2224: Rangy birdie putt at 13 from The Elk but he races it six feet by. Kaymer's tee shot, with two iron, leaks right, but he's got a break. Watson has hammer-dammer-ding-donged his drive down the 518-yard par-four 15th, he's left himself a wedge in. The Elk is proud and immovable - he makes that six-footer at 13 to stay -10. -12 Kaymer -11 Watson -10 Elkington, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Dufner, D Johnson

It's good news for a United States player
2219: Was that tee shot from Kaymer at 12 the shot that won the 92nd USPGA? Not if Bubba's got anything to say about it - nails his six-footer for birdie at 14, the Big Bopper's up to -11... Kaymer's knees are a'knocking, he slides his birdie putt left... -12 Kaymer -11 Watson -10 Elkington, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Dufner, D Johnson

2216: McIlroy's birdie putt is actually from something like 15 feet... looked good all the way before darting right, just a five for him. -12 Kaymer -10 Watson, Elkington, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Dufner, D Johnson

2213: Fine par from Z Johnson at 12 and what a shot that is from Rory, hoisting his third at 11 over the bunker guarding the green and to within 10 feet. Villegas nails an eagle at 16, the Colombian back to eight under. Kaymer's thriving - stiffed one to within six feet with a nine iron at 12, chance to go three clear... -12 Kaymer -10 Watson, Elkington, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Dufner, D Johnson

2210: Ernie Els made a pretty handy start today but the wheels came off round the turn and he's now +2 through 14 and -3 overall. Elkington's birdie attempt at the par-three 12th comes up well short but those nerves are holding up nicely, he makes the par. Kaymer's going nowhere, he rescues par at 11. -12 Kaymer -10 Watson, Elkington, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Dufner, D Johnson

2207: Zach J is a club short off the tee at the short 12th. Kaymer with his recovery at 11 - good effort, but there's chicken on that bone. Dustin steps away from his birdie effort at 10, steps back again before pushing his attempt a fag paper right. Dyson makes one disappear at 14, the Englishman back up to -4. -12 Kaymer -10 Watson, Elkington, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Dufner, D Johnson

It's good news for a United States player
2203: Jim Furyk has imploded, bogey at 10 and a double at 11 rather derailed his challenge. Kaymer with his third to 11... wind blowing hard off the left, but his ball has rolled down a bank to the left... BUBBA! In he goes for birdie at 13, he's up to 10 under. -12 Kaymer -10 Watson, Elkington, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Dufner, D Johnson

It's bad news for a United States player
2159: Zach Johnson for par at 11, bit of right-to-left for par... misses left, back to nine under. The Elk manages par at 11 despite missing the green with his third, he stays two off the lead... -12 Kaymer -10 Elkington, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Watson, Dufner, D Johnson

It's good news for a Briton
2155: McIlroy for birdie from 12 feet at 10... BANG! AND THE DIRT IS GONE! McIlroy up to 10 under and two off the lead... -12 Kaymer -10 Elkington, Z Johnson, McIlroy -9 Watson, Dufner, D Johnson

It's bad news for a United States player
2153: Casey finished six under after a pretty decent round of 69 and that takes him up to ninth in the Ryder Cup standings - but this is his last counting event. Nick Watney's bogeyed the ninth, he's dropped seven in his outward nine. Zach Johnson in trouble on 11, he'll struggle to make par from there, but Dustin rolls in his par putt at nine to stay -9. Carnage out there, who will emerge from the wreckage? Kaymer leaks his ball right off tee at 11... -12 Kaymer -10 Elkington, Z Johnson -9 Watson, Dufner, McIlroy D Johnson

It's good news for a European
2149: A thousand thanks Ash, Ben Dirs to take you through to the close. Kaymer breaks free, he now leads two after a curly right-to-lefter at 10. McIlroy's clattered his tee shot miles down the 10th, I believe that was a par for Day at 10 to stay eight under, now four off the lead. -12 Kaymer -10 Elkington, Z Johnson -9 Watson, Dufner, McIlroy D Johnson

By Mark Ashenden

2142: Short and sweet. The mighty Dirs is prowling behind me. I had better let him back in the throne or he might clonk me with a teaspoon. I'm out of here.

2140: Zach Johnson fires in a birdie to get to -10, while Kaymer splits the fairway on the par four 10th. Somebody else having a wonky few minutes is Aussie Jason Day. He has difficulty getting the ball out of the rough on ninth and his card is soon in possession of a double bogey. Down to -8 and tied for fourth. Looks like Kaymer is the only one keeping it together.

2134: Kaymer takes 34 to the 10th and he looks handsome on -11. So what are the latest scores on the Wisconsin doors?
-11 Kaymer -10 Day -9 Watson, McIlroy, Dufner, Elkington, Johnson -8 Liang, Watney

2129: Take a breath folks. It's all change. Watney is now joint eighth. Kaymer now leading the way by a clear shot on -11. Tiger Woods steps up to the mic after his 73 to finish on -2: "I hit the ball so good starting and then I lost it. Nine and 10 hurt quite a bit." And on Ryder Cup selection? "I'd like to make the team but obviously I will have to rely on Corey Pavin for a pick. I'm going to go home and practice." McIlroy drops to -9 after a bogey on the eighth. Hands on hips time on the ninth tee.

It's bad news for a United States player
2122: McIlroy chips a cutie to within five feet of the pin at eight, while Watney cards a super-stinky triple bogey on seven and he's plummeting. He's on -8 now. Can Kaymer pounce?

2119: I think the boys are taking a breather before the final onslaught because every shot seems to be heading towards the water, rough, spectators or the sand. Get your helmets on fans. Watney having a shocker. The leaderboard is changing fast.

2117: The German machine saves par and that could be crucial in 10 holes time. Kaymer remains in top-spot alongside Mr Watney.

2114: Evening. Give the page a cheeky refresh and ensure you don't get confused about whose words you're reading. Dirs has handed the baton to Ashenden. Me. How are you all doing? The drama and tension is building....

By Ben Dirs

It's good news for a Briton
2112: Watney on tee at the par-three seventh... that's a bona fide slice and there's his ball, being gently lapped by the Lake Michigan waters... Dustin's on, McIlroy's blocked his tee shot right at eight - oh, almost forgot, Rory popped in that 10-footer at seven to get to -10... shot gone for Liang, he's down to eight under - here's Mark Ashenden for 20... -11 Kaymer, Watney -10 Day, McIlroy, D Johnson -9 Watson, Furyk, Z Johnson, Elkington

It's good news for a United States player
2110: It's all gone bonkers out there - Nick Watney reclaims a share of the lead with birdie at six (just what McIlroy should have done), Dustin stays 10 under with par. McIlroy with a corker off the tee at seven, Liang forced into a stupendous recovery. Wild from Kaymer off the tee at eight, but that's a fine recovery... -11 Kaymer, Watney -10 Day, D Johnson -9 Watson, Z Johnson, Furyk, Elkington, Liang

It's bad news for a United States player
2103: A stealth fighter skims overhead - is that's Mickelson's getaway plane? Maybe that's what frightened the horses? Kaymer hasn't been spooked, though, the coolest kid in the playground at the moment. Not sure what I was going on about a few entries ago, Woods is still hacking his way round... maybe I just wished he'd finished... Zach Johnson with a dreamy second at eight, shot gone for Furyk at eight after that poor approach... -11 Kaymer -10 Day, Watney, D Johnson -9 Watson, Elkington, Z Johnson, Liang, McIlroy

2058: McIlroy found the fringe with his drive at the 332-yard sixth but he doesn't make the most of it, getting a flyer out of the fluff. Kaymer's was a rather modest effort off tee at seven but he makes par. Day misses by a whisker, stays -10. McIlroy from six feet at six... over the cellophane bridge, that's a big chance fumbled... -11 Kaymer -10 Furyk, Day, Watney, D Johnson -9 Watson, Elkington, Z Johnson, Liang, McIlroy

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Chris, Belfast, via text: "After three nights in a row my wife has finally lost patience and turned it over! Gutted! Thank Yahweh for BBC Sport live text! Keep the updates coming! Rory for the title! All of Ireland behind you Rory!"

It's good news for a United States player
2052: Watney can only par the par-five fifth, his birdie attempt a little timid. Birdie for Dustin, though, courtesy of a pearler of a third. Woods finishes with a four for a round of 73 and -2 for the week. Elkington stabbed his birdie effort wide at seven, stays nine under. Furyk starts his second at eight way left and it arcs with the breeze and ends up right. News of Paul Casey of England - birdies at 14 and 15, he's six under for the week. -11 Kaymer -10 Furyk, Day, Watney, D Johnson -9 Watson, Elkington, Z Johnson, Liang, McIlroy

2048: Crackerjack approach by Elkington at the short sixth - playing a mere 332 yards today - and he's got a former champion's bounce off a bank at the par-three seventh and has got a shortish one to get to 10 under. Shot gone for Ernie at nine, his sails sit suddenly limp. Day for birdie at six... squeezes it in and he's now 10 under and one off the lead. Kaymer's effort breaks too soon... -11 Kaymer -10 Furyk, Day, Watney -9 Watson, Elkington, Z Johnson, Liang, McIlroy, D Johnson

It's good news for a United States player
It's good news for a United States player
2041: Furyk grabs a share of second with a 25-foot birdie putt at seven - don't count him out, he's the most experienced head at the top of that leaderboard. McIlroy a bit clumsy with his third at five and a birdie chance goes begging. Liang's had his chances, but he, too, stays nine under... Zach Johnson, a low hitter of the ball, birdies the par-four sixth to get back to nine under... -11 Kaymer -10 Furyk, Watney -9 Watson, Z Johnson, Day, Liang, McIlroy, D Johnson

It's bad news for a United States player
It's bad news for a United States player
It's bad news for a United States player
2036: Kaymer made par at five, playing partner Day made bogey to drop back into the group on nine under. Furyk with a left-to-righter on six... in it goes, he's up to nine under and two off the lead. Dufner bogeys six, drops to eight under, and that was a second straight bogey from Dustin at four... -11 Kaymer -10 Watney -9 Watson, Furyk, Day, Liang, McIlroy, D Johnson

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2032: When the wind got up six year's ago when this event was played at Whistling Straits, only one man, Ireland's Paul McGinley, broke par. McIlroy in the middle of the fairway at five and he's given that an almighty smite, his ball running through the green - birdie chance though. Shot gone for Watney at four, he's three over today and we have a new outright leader - Germany's Martin Kaymer. -11 Kaymer -10 Day, D Johnson, Watney -9 Dufner, Watson, Liang, McIlroy

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2028: When the wind got up six year's ago when this event was played at Whistling Straits, only one man, Ireland's Paul McGinley, broke par. McIlroy in the middle of the fairway at five and he's given that an almighty smite, his ball running through the green - birdie chance though. Shot gone for Watney at four, he's three over today and we have a new outright leader - Germany's Martin Kaymer. -11 Kaymer -10 Day, D Johnson, Watney -9 Dufner, Watson, Liang, McIlroy

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George, London, via text: "Dear Ben, could you please start writing a few seconds before something happens so that you can keep us up to date? It's a waste of the licence fee not employing an oracle. While you're there, can you please issue next week's lottery numbers."

2028: Now, can Rory middle one off the tee? That he can, it's big and bouncy down the fifth. Watney rather nudging it round Whistling Straits at the moment but that's a solid bunker shot and he'll have a 10-footer to save par. -11 Kaymer, Watney -10 Day, D Johnson -9 Dufner, Watson, Liang, McIlroy


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2025: Rory's been walking a tightrope so far but his luck finally runs out at four - shot gone. Liang misses with his birdie attempt, stays nine under, as Villegas drops a shot at nine - out in 32, eight under overall. Dyson has a 20-footer at nine for another birdie but it slides by on the left side... Ernie Els, one of the finest wind players in the game, birdies six and seven to get to seven under. -11 Kaymer, Watney -10 Day, D Johnson -9 Dufner, Watson, Liang, McIlroy

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2020: If you want to get all Rudyard about it, you have to say it's Kaymer who's keeping his head at the moment, as he drills another one down the middle at the 598-yard par-five fifth, dubbed 'Snake'. Simon Dyson with another birdie at six! He's now eight under, three off the leaders... two good drives from Watney and Dustin, another hook, I'm afraid, from Rory... Mickelson finishes with a bogey for a 67 and -6 overall... -11 Kaymer, Watney -10 Day, McIlroy, D Johnson -9 Villegas, Watson, Liang

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2016: Zach's dropped a shot at four, he drops down to eight under. Simon Dyson, England's highest-placed player, has birdied five and is seven under. Kaymer for birdie at four and it's in from six feet - we have a three-way lead. Butterfly touch from Day, a sweet little pitch and he'll make par. American journeyman Jason Dufner rattles in a 12-footer to move to nine under. Safe par for Watney at three, Dustin's three-putted - make that a two-way lead... -11 Kaymer, Watney -10 Day, McIlroy, D Johnson -9 Villegas, Watson, Liang

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Tom, Peterborough, via text: "I fancy Zach - solid swing, shades, new son and caddied by God! Dustin is heading for a lost ball."

2009: Another great saver from McIlroy, a cute pair of up-and-downs iat two and three. Now, if he could only find the fairway. Dustin J and Watney both made par at two and Dustin's short at the par-three third. Another long-range birdie effort from Villegas at eight... in it goes, he's five under for his round and in that group at nine under. Interesting... -11 Watney, D Johnson -10 Day, Kaymer, McIlroy -9 Villegas, Watson, Z Johnson, Liang

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2005: That mistake by Watney at the first has concertinaed the field, to the extent that anyone on eight under and above will think they've got a chance of winning this thing. One of those is Villegas, who's birdied six and seven. EAGLE FOR BUBBA ON FIVE! Almost forgot about him, he's now -9. Another outrageous bunker escape for McIlroy, he'll have a six-footer for par. -11 Watney, D Johnson -10 Day, Kaymer, McIlroy -9 Watson, Z Johnson, Liang

2001: Correction - that was a par at the third for Day and Kaymer followed him in. Jim Furyk, the 2003 US Open champion, has parred one, two and three to stay eight under and three off the lead. Dustin J is on in three at the second, Watney follows him on in two. McIlroy's knees are knocking - another tug off the tee at the par-three third and his ball has disappeared down the bank. Having to make great escapes on every hole at the moment, needs a settler...-11 Watney, D Johnson -10 Day, Kaymer, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Liang

1958: Liang in for birdie at two to get back to nine under, McIlroy remains -10. Dustin J missed that fairway by 80 yards and he's had to hoick it out sideways back onto the fairway. Bubba Watson at five and he's the only man on in two today - and that second was with an iron. Day misses with that birdie effort at three, stays 10 under. -11 Watney, D Johnson -10 Day, Kaymer, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson, Liang

1954: Just when Dustin was looking icy, he's gone and hooked his second off the tee - not sure where that ended up, but the punters were running for the water... sweet touch from McIlroy, he should tap in for par and what a shot that is from Liang, should be a shot back. Mistakes, mistakes, wherever you look, but Jason Day's keeping his head - dreamy tee shot at three, another birdie chance...-11 Watney, D Johnson -10 Day, Kaymer, McIlroy -9 Z Johnson

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1947: If you thought it was interesting before, it just got interestinger - a double for Watney, birdie for Dustin, we have joint leaders. McIlroy has made a nervy start though - sand again off the tee, comes up short with his second and he's short with his third... Jason Day's come out punching - birdie at two, he's in a three-way tie for third - for now... -11 Watney, D Johnson -10 Day, Kaymer, McIlroy, -9 Z Johnson

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1947: Kaymer for birdie from six feet at two and the German climbs to 10 under. Ominous. Watney duffs his chip and when he eventually makes the short stuff, he's got a 15-footer for bogey... Mickelson's birdie effort at 16 starts right and stays right... -13 Watney -10 Kaymer, McIlroy, D Johnson -9 Z Johnson, Day

1943: Watney thicks his second at the second and will have to escape from the fluffy stuff. Dustin J pumps his second straight into the heart of the green... Mickelson is tearing the place apart - crackerjack approach at 16, that could be eight under... -13 Watney -10 McIlroy, D Johnson -9 Z Johnson, Day, Kaymer

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David in Dundee via text: "Saw Villegas in the flesh at St Andrews a few weeks back. Does anyone remember Christian Slater's quote about Elvis in True Romance?"

1941: Suck it up my Northern Irish friends - miraculous escape from Rory at the first, he somehow makes par. Liang taps in... NOOOO! Three-footer, shot gone - that's pressure messing with you... Kaymer with his second at the par-five second and he's come up just short - still a chance for birdie. -13 Watney -10 McIlroy, D Johnson -9 Z Johnson, Day, Kaymer

1937: I regretfully have to inform you that McIlroy has rather stumbled out of the blocks, finding sand off the tee and getting a flier into another bunker behind the green. Watney on tee and his drive draws muted applause, although it looks OK to me. Dustin Johnson has clattered his drive, that's bigger than jungle... -13 Watney -10 McIlroy, D Johnson -9 Z Johnson, Day, Kaymer, Liang

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1935: "Why are you always behind? What's the point?" roars Mike Draper via text, apparently forgetting that I have to wait for something to happen before writing about it and then pressing a button to make it appear on computer screens worldwide. Remarkable, truly remarkable... Bubba picked up a shot at two, he's eight under. Did I tell you Mickelson is six under through 15? Seven under, 13th overall... -13 Watney -10 McIlroy, D Johnson -9 Z Johnson, Day, Kaymer, Liang

1931: McIlroy on tee - tugs it left, just missed the fairway. He's playing with the man from Zhongshan, Wenchong Liang, and he's safely down the middle. Funny old swing, real daisy-cutter of a follow-through. Kaymer cosies his opening putt up towards the cup at the first, he'll stay nine under. "Has there ever been an Englishman born called 'Butch'?" says the man over my shoulder as Butch Harmon has a fiddle under Nick Watney's bonnet on the range... Day misses by a whisker, he too stays nine under... -13 Watney -10 McIlroy, D Johnson -9 Z Johnson, Day, Kaymer, Liang

1925: Jason Day, winner of this years Byron Nelson, is away at the first, he's playing with Martin Kaymer. Don't take your eyes off Day, the 22-year-old Aussie is not short on confidence. Talking of Aussies, here's Steve Elkington with a makeable birdie putt at the first... misses, the 1995 champ stays eight under. Kaymer found the fairway on the first but the wind has grabbed his approach and chucked it onto the front of the green. Better from Day... -13 Watney -10 McIlroy, D Johnson -9 Z Johnson, Day, Kaymer, Liang

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It's good news for a United States player
1920: What odds two different Northern Irish major winners at the start of this season? McIlroy's off shortly. Kuchar makes up for that miss on the first with birdie at two - he's back to eight under. Mickelson has absolutely caramelised his drive down 13, taking a huge slice out of the corner and landing his ball on the short stuff. Zach Johnson, 2007 Masters champion, is nine under after a birdie at the first.

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Max Oliver, Earls Court, via text: "The wind is going to blow McIlroy's chances. Its Kaymer's afternoon today, he's going to hold his nerve this time round."

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Anon via text: "I've got money on Villegas so if he wins this then yes, he is the most handsome man in golf."

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1914: Horsey doesn't hit his birdie effort at five, stays five under. here's Nicky Watney on the range, a tall, wiry customer whose favourite meal is his "mom's tacos", whose favourite sporting event attended was Ricky Hatton v Floyd Mayweather in Vegas and whose girlfriend is into "reality stuff" on telly. Feel like you know him? Mickelson with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13, he's now five under for his round and -6 overall. Too little too late for Lefty, he's seven off the lead with 13 players between him and Watney.

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1905: Scotland's Stephen Gallacher has picked up a shot at five to get to six under. Dssssi (see below) - there's nothing creepy about handsomeness my friend, or beautifulness, or indeed magnificence. "Yes, Villegas is the most handsome man in golf," texts Phil in Baker Street. "Gorgeous," he adds.

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dssssi on 606: "The Villegas question sent a shiver up my spine... creepy!"

1857: As always, your texts are welcome - the golfing ones have been rather swamped by footy and tennis the last two days. Who do you fancy winning it? Will McIlroy hold his nerve? Who do you fancy? Is Camilo Villegas the most handsome man in golf? He's just drained another birdie putt at three to get to six under. Snap hook from Tiger off tee at 10, another head in hands moment for the world number one... Kuchar missed that birdie effort at one, if that boy could putt I'd be a rich man...

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1851: Woods prods his par putt wide, he drops back to -4, out in 34. Here's Brian Gay of Texas curling in from off the front of the green at eight, but he's miles back on level par. Here's second-round leader Matt Kuchar stiffing his second to within six feet at the first. Birdie for Mickelson at the par-three 12th, a snakes and ladders week for the world number two.

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1845: Punters still streaming through the gates at Whistling Straits, they've been getting 50,000 a day so far. Mickelson's birdie putt at 11 lips out and dribbles six feet by, Lefty remains four under. Here's Ernie with his second at one - into the heart. Shot gone for Casey at the seventh, missing just left. That looked in all the way from Woods at nine but his ball skips over the old cellophane bridge. Els' long-range birdie effort misses by a whisker.

1840: The 11th is a true three-shotter today and here's Mickelson sticking a wedge to a few feet. "MASHED POTATOES!" cries someone or other as Woods belts a three wood down the middle at nine. Nope, no idea...

1837: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain is putting a decent round together - three under through 13, he's three under for the week. Tiger putting for birdie from long range at eight - I believe - he'll remain five under. That's a razzle-dazzle putt from miles out from David Horsey, perfect weight, that'll be a par to stay -5.

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It's good news for a Briton
1830: Horsey for birdie at three and it's straight down the pipe - second on the spin, he moves to six under. Paul Casey has been flying under the radar all week but he's just got to five under with birdie at five.

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1828: British Broadcasting Corporation blogger Martin Laird has been pegged back after that rip-roaring, birdie-scoring start of his - bogeys at eight, nine and 12, he's back to -2. Tough old day for Essex Ross McGowan - 'The Bear of Basildon' - he's six over for his round through 14 and +6 for the week. Peach from Camilo Villegas at the first, he should move to -5. Another birdie for Pettersson at three, popping in from 25 feet to climb to -7.

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1821: Francesco Molinari bends in a monster at the second, the Italian climbs to five under. Brian Davis with his third at the par-five second, and he actually made birdie at the first to climb to that ever-growing group on five under. Carl Pettersson, the US-based Swede, has opened up with two straight birdies and is six under, seven off the lead.

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1816: Just showed a clip of 'that' shot by Sergio Garcia at Medinah in 1999 - bounding down the fairway like a wild, Camargue horse, not a care in the world, let's hope we'll be seeing something similar from McIlroy today. Birdie for Woods at seven, his fourth today, he gets back to five under. Local lad Steve Stricker, leader this week in greens in regulation, moves to five under with a 15-footer at the third.

1811: Tiger cuts his tee shot into the breeze off the tee at seven, good chance of a birdie two. Here's David Horsey of Stockport cosieing his birdie effort up towards the hole at the first, he'll stay -4. He's playing with compatriot Brian Davis - twice a runner-up on the PGA Tour this year - and he kicks off with a par.

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1809: Woods playing out of the wispy stuff above the sixth green and he's still not on. His fourth is a little clumsy and he's got a job on his hands to make bogey. Painful viewing, although we shouldn't forget that before this hole he was tied for 16th. Two shots gone for Clark at six, he drops back to -1, Woods squeezes in a 12-foot bogey putt to drop back to -4. The wind getting up now - Whistling Straits, a little gummy yesterday, has popped her teeth back in...

1804: Little Timmy Clark leaves one in the nonsense off the short par-four sixth, he's be struggling to stay -3. Adam, Hull (see below) - frolic? Steamy? Sex rap? Love rat? Here's Tiger Woods now after that errant drive at six and he's sliced it right out of a trap - bit of luck, looked like that ball ricocheted off a punter and back into play.

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Adam, Hull, via text: "Also being a fan of the word romp, it seems to be a word that is only ever used in newspaper headlines. It got me thinking, which other words are only ever seen in newspapers?"

1759: Vijay Singh on three and he's just made one disappear from 70 feet to get to four under - no mean feat when you hold your putter like a bass fiddle. Mickelson parachutes in at the ninth, chance to get to five under, although you have to think his chance has gone.

1756: Many thanks Ash, Ben Dirs joins you as Tiger Woods somehow contrives to make par at the fifth - that's some feat after another wonky old drive. He's blocked it right again at six... and here's Jason Day of Australia's girlfriend arriving at the course. And Jason's turned up, too...

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1752: Hold on. Chuck's peeled off a mask and you're not going to believe it...it's bloomin' Ben Dirs. Fear not. You're in safe hands.

1750: Right folks. Chuck Norris has burst into the office and thrown me into the back of a van. I'm afraid Chuck's taken over and he'll be doing the remaining few hours of live text commentary. Thanks for being there....

1746: The wind is building up as Tiger stands in the middle of a bunker on the fifth with his Dennis the Menace shirt flapping like a ship's sail. Great start though - three birdies in four holes.

1740: Just under two hours before Rory McIlroy strolls out on to the first tee. Does this boy ever stop smiling? His thoughts on having a chance of winning a Major? "It feels great. It's a position you really want to be on the last day of a Major. I'm just going to go out and enjoy myself. I should have a chance if I go out and play like I have done. The breeze is great - it will make the difference between the good shots and bad shots even more."

1736: Chuck Norris, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter. Are you listening? You aint got nothing on Phil Mickelson in the fashion stakes. Cool, quietly fashionable, and sleek. He gets my vote. A light lemon shirt and light brown brogues. Perfect combination.

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Chris in Stockport, via text 81111: "Dude, sort your facts out. Tiger birdied the par 5 2nd and bogied the par 3 3rd. You want to take a break and let me take over?"
Chris. Hats off to you sir. It's a classic error to keep you on your toes. I blame my local sources. So yep - Tiger bagged two birdies and then a bogey on the third. Please forgive me dude

1727: It seems Dustin Johnson is a lovely man and I know interviews before playing top class sport is never easy BUT if there are awards for stating the obvious then Dustin - you're the man. Have a read and let me know. "It's going to be a tough day - the wind is blowing hard." What do you have to do to win Dustin? "I have to drive well, iron well and make some putts. I was patient yesterday so I'll have to do the same today." And who do you think will win Dustin? "Whoever plays the best will win." DJ goes off with leader Nick Watney at 1935.


1723: England's Paul Casey blows a birdie chance on the first hole so he stays on -3. Tiger gets within a whisker of a birdie but has to settle for a tap-in par on the par three.

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Chris in London, via text 81111: "Much as I would love to see Watney bottle it and McIlroy charge through to victory, don't bet on it. Watney is the real deal and won't fold like Johnson did at Pebble Beach. Watch him romp to a 3 stroke victory"
I'm a big fan of the word ROMP. How big a lead do you need to ensure the win is a 'romp'?

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DanielJay1992 on Twitter: "Chuck Norris wears Rory McIlroy pyjamas"
If someone can translate this astonishing tweet I'd be very grateful. I don't care if I don't comprehend. Just the words CHUCK and NORRIS is reason alone to duplicate it here to the world

1716: Tiger opens up with a birdie and gets within a foot of a pair on the second. He's edging upwards on -4. Good start though. Let's have a look at his par three third. Blue skies and the ball flies long and left. "Come on" he shouts. Phil Mickelson's round is a myriad of different numbers and colours. Two pars, birdie, bogey and then a whopping EAGLE on the fifth. He has a chance of a birdie on the sixth but OOOffff - it drifts to the left and he stays on -3.

1712: So when are the big boys in action? Who said that? Rory McIlroy is going out at 1926 BST alongside Chinese star Wen-Chong Liang with the last pairing Watney and Johnson at 1935.

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Chewie in the UK, via text 81111: "Phil Mickelson is playing some risky shots as the pressure is off. Rory to be world number one within two years"

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1703: Not a great weekend for Chad Campbell. A pair of 70s had him handily-placed. On Saturday he whacked in a 78 and today, well it's been a shocker. Three pars in 11 holes. Here goes...birdie (yehh), bogey (mmm), birdie (big yehh), par (OK), double bogey (oh poops), birdie (yehhh), (par (mm), triple bogey (oh bloomin poops), bogey (c'mon, give me a break), par (mm), par (mmmm). A lively round you can safely say. He's on +6 by the way.

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Sean in Corsica, France, via text 81111: "McIlroy to hit 64 today and take Tiger's place in world golf as the man to beat."
Big words. Massive in fact. Is Rory the future, the now? He has the hair I both love and hate. It's large.

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1655: Thought I'd dig out the European flag. You want to know why? It's the boy Laird. Yep. Martin Laird. He's flying. He's just knocked in his third birdie in his opening five holes. Stunning. On to -3 and up to a tied 53rd. Come on Martin - a birdie on your remaining holes and you'll have a reasonable chance of winning.

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McJesus - PL 6th Place on 606: "As much as I would love to see Rory win, I think that Watney will have a 'mare and Zach Johnson will win"

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Tony in England, via text 81111: "Tiger to finish -6 today, out of the places and scupper the bets of each backers! Come on rory"

1644: American Troy Matteson is cruising on -4 picking up two birdies in his first two holes. Respect is due to anybody called Troy. You simply cannot be anything in life other than amazing if your name's Troy. Fact.

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windowpaynes on Twitter: "On holiday in Cornwall. Day spent in the sun. Hope Rory roars home, but have a fancy for Kaymer. German winning mentality"
Martin Kaymer - who looks about 19 by the way - sits pretty on -9 and tees off at 1917 with Aussie Jason Day.

1637: For all you Phil Mickelson fans out there (and I know there are loads), his card looks like a mini rainbow. Par. Birdie. Bogey. What odds an eagle on the next? He's on -1. Tiger's going to be roaring in a few minutes. Any predictions for Tiger today? Paul Casey heads off at 1702.

1636: Jeff Overton steadied the rocky ship and finished with three pars and on +10. Enjoy that dinner Jeff. (see 1612). Rhys Davies taking it easy with four pars, bogey and birdie. Martin Laird has grabbed a pair of birdies in his first four holes to move to -2. And check this out - Darren Clarke has just bagged an EAGLE on the par five fifth. He moves to -2. American Shaun Micheel (who spells their name like that?) has had a cracking start - five pars, three birdies to get on -1. More in a bit.

1629: Golf. That's where we were....how are those early hitters doing? I'll be back in a sec.


1625: After the fog and drizzle of the opening two days, what sort of weather is hovering around Wisconsin today? (Does weather hover?) My BBC weather sources tell me it's 26 degrees Celcius and wind is at 13 mph. It looks pleasant out there.

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dssssi on 606: "As terrific as I believe today's golf will be, it is difficult not to cheer for Rory to win. He is the most refreshing talent since pre-diva Tiger."
Rory McIlroy and Wen-chong Liang teeing off at 1926 with Watney and Johnson the final pair at 1935.

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Andrew in France, via text 81111: "Listening in from Brittany. Yours is the only voice I can hear (see) to catch up. Come on Rory. Tiger to post another 70+ round...my moneys on Tim Clarke to beat him today"

1612: An update on Jeff Overton who's clearly got his mum's roast dinner waiting for him because he's flying round at Whistling Straits. The American is playing on his own after Poulter's withdrawal. Time taken for the front nine? 63 minutes. Score? 40. Is that a man in a rush to get home? He's strolling down the 18th right now with six bogeys on his card. He's on +7. I hope mummy Overton has produced the goods in the kitchen after that round.

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kenposs on 606: "Just been out in the glorious manchester sunshine catchin some rays, now just made myself a brew and sat in front of the box waiting for liverpool v arsenal to begin, golf updates on laptop beside me and tucking into an orange kit kat, does life get any better than this?"
I suspect life does not get better than that. Good chocolate option - although a chilled doubledecker may have been a better choice

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Luke in Newcastle, via text 81111: "I have just graduated and been finding it hard to find a job. I scraped together my final £2 to bet on Nick Watney at 50-1 at the start of the week. Whether or not he can finish the job off today will decide whether or not I have a social life for the next 2 weeks. Now that's pressure"
Nice. I'm impressed that you have budgeted that £102 will keep you happy in your social world for a fortnight. What will £102 buy you in Newcastle these days? Good luck though.

1559: Welshman Rhys Davies has had a wobbly start. Two pars, birdie, bogey and he's on +2. Anybody played golf today? Let me know how you got on. Scotland's Martin Laird has gone par, birdie and jumped five places and is on -1. More than fair start. Darren Clarke (E) has gone par, par, par. Could that be grand-par? (mmmm not funny). Ross McGowan has parred the first four and is on evens. Phil Mickelson has just teed off. And who isn't a little pensive as to what Rickie Fowler may be wearing for his final round? Which begs me to ask - what is the perfect golfing attire?

1551: Right, while I dip into my sandwich (ham, cheese and spinach combo by the way and a ready salted crisp), I'm going to dip into the action. Let's see how those Brits and the other big-hitters are doing at the start of this final round.

1546: This live stuff is not just about me. It's about YOU. I'll try to use as much of your top drawer contributions as I can. Predictions, lookalikes, thoughts on Tiger. I don't need to tell you what to talk about. Just go for it. It's Sunday. Nothing else to do is there? Tweet me @bbcsport_mark, text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with GOLF before your message, or join the banter on 606.

1543: With Poulter heading for the airport (see 1458), the first Brits in action today are Ross McGowan (come on England) and Rhys Davies (come on Wales) and they went out together at 1456. Nice. Darren Clarke (come on Northern Ireland) set off at 1514. And then let's not forget the Scots. Martin Laird got his clubs swinging at 1523. Who are your pick of the Brits today?

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Steve in Sheffield, via text 81111: "10/1 on Kaymer, the way he putted yesterday that's surely a steal!"

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Daniel in Moscow, via text 81111: "C'mon Rory! Make us proud to be Irish!"

1529: On the back of Rory's quotes. (See 1526) I do like a sportsman at the top of his game talking about getting excited for an event. So many of Britain's top stars seem fearful of the big stage. "I'm looking forward to it" he says. Like it. A lot. How do you guys think he'll get on? He tees off at 1926 with China's Wen-chong Liang who was a bloomin' sensation on Saturday. What a cracking pairing that promises to be. Just three shots behind Watney.

1526: Rory McIlroy - the name on everybody's lips. Aged just 21 and if he wins tonight he'll be a day younger than when Tiger Woods was when he won the 1997 Masters. Can he do it? After his 67 yesterday he said: "I putted really well inside 10 feet to keep the momentum going." Is it his best opportunity with 18 holes to play in a major? "Definitely. It will be my first time I've been in contention and hopefully I'm up for the challenge. If I can play as well as I did [Saturday] then I've got a good chance. It will be a new experience but one I'm looking forward to."

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John From London Town MBE on 606: "It's Nick Watney's to lose isn't it? A 3 shot lead. I'd love to see Rory McIlroy win this. I'm sure he's taken some inspiration from his fellow countryman winning the US Open. He knows it can be done & I'm sure G-Mac has explained the intricacies of winning a major to him."

1509: A quick look at the early boys. Jeff Overton, who had been lined up to play with Ian Poulter, is presumably playing on his poor little old self. That can't be easy. He's been out on the course for an hour and he's ripping it up. Eight holes down. Two bogeys and he's on +6. Here's a scenario to toy with. You're playing golf with a mate and an old boy, who is clearly on his own, strolls up and says: "Hello. Mind if I join you?". Do you tell him a) No thanks, we're happy thanks. b) Yeh, that would be great c) Are you having a laugh? d) Pretend you haven't heard him and march swiftly to the next tee.

1503: Here we go then. The big drama coming later but the early hitters are already out there. Still plenty to talk about. McIlroy. Wen-Chong Liang. Watney. Tiger. Poults. I want to hear from you. Tweet me @bbcsport_mark, text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with GOLF before your message, or join the banter on 606.

1458: POULTER NEWSFLASH - England's Ian Poulter has pulled out ahead of his final round. After carding 72, 72 and 77, it seems Poulter is still struggling with a chest infection. Using his Twitter account, Poulter said: "Guys, it's a no go this morning, body is not strong enough, had to withdraw." And added: "Gutted; first time I've ever had to do that when feeling ill. Flying back home to Orlando this morning, my bed is awaiting my arrival. I can't get back quick enough."

1452: After being sent out in threesomes on Saturday to make up for the time lost to weather and the stinky fog on days one and two, we're back to pairings today. The full list of tee times is available here - but Rory McIlroy will go out at 1926 BST alongside red-hot Chinese star Wen-Chong Liang. Tiger Woods is a way back at three under, and will play with Tim Clark, teeing off at 1644 BST.

1447: Afternoon. We're down to the last round of the final major of the season. Reputations are at stake. Ryder Cup places are up for grabs. Up for some drama? Nick Watney leads the way at 13 under, but Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is gunning for top spot just three shots behind in second place. Can he follow his compatriot Graeme McDowell by winning his first major this season? Welcome on board.




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USPGA day two photo gallery
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Woods draws holder Yang at USPGA
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