After rainstorms effectively interrupted the third round of the 2012 PGA Championship before leaders could wrap up their front nines, Sunday at Kiawah Island is now expected to feature a jam-packed schedule in order to fit the final round in.
Instead of the usual two-man pairings, the PGA has opted to utilize three-man groups on Sunday, and plans to send golfers off both the No. 1 and No. 10 tees in order to speed up play. Rory McIlory and Vijay Singh currently lead the tournament at 6-under par, as Singh has yet to finish eight holes in his third round while McIlroy has barely made the turn. Singh's playing partner to begin Saturday, Tiger Woods, took a precipitous fall down the leaderboard rather quickly in his brief time on the course in round three, and is five strokes back of the leaders at 1-under par.
Although a number of contenders will be forced to play upwards of 27 holes on Sunday, big day three movers like Bo Van Pelt and Steve Stricker could ultimately benefit from already having wrapped up their third rounds. Both men reeled of scores of 67 on Saturday before the rain hit to move back into contention, as Van Pelt is currently at 3-under and Stricker at 2-under. It remains to be seen if the increased workload on Sunday will play a factor on the field, but it's clear that Stricker and Van Pelt are each in envious positions.