LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rory McIlroy is in search of his second consecutive major here at the 96th PGA Championship and holds a one-shot lead over the unheralded Bernd Wiesberger. Here are some things You Oughta Know as we head into the final round at Valhalla Golf Club.
• Tiger Woods led the 2000 PGA Championship at 13 under and held a one-shot lead after three rounds. McIlroy’s numbers mirror that exactly.
• McIlroy will be 25 years, three months and six days old on Sunday. That would make him the fourth youngest man to win a fourth career major championship. Tom Morris Jr., Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus were younger.
• McIlroy has now opened a major with three rounds in the 60s (66-67-67) three times. On both other occasions, the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2014 British Open, he went on to win.
• If McIlroy wins Sunday, he would win his third consecutive PGA Tour start. Only four different players have won three or more consecutive starts since 1980. Tiger Woods has done so five times. Tom Watson (1980), David Duval (1997) and Vijay Singh (2004) are the others.
• Forty-six percent of PGA Championship winners in the stroke-play era (since 1958) trailed entering the final round. Sixteen champions were at least three shots back entering the final round.
• Phil Mickelson opened with three straight rounds in the 60s (69-67-67) in a major for the third time in his career. The other two times came in 2001 (Masters, PGA Championship) and he didn’t win either time.
• If Mickelson wins, he will become just the third player to win multiple majors after turning 43.
• Rickie Fowler is in third place and is looking to become the only player to finish inside the top five in all four majors this year. He’s the first to post top-10 finishes in the season’s first three majors since Robert Karlsson in 2008. The last two to post top-10 finishes in all four majors during the same year: Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh, both in 2005. Woods was inside the top five in all four that year and won the Masters and the British Open.
Note: Information from Golf Channel’s editorial research unit was used in this report.