Last Updated: 12/08/12 10:48am
McIlroy: Back in the hunt
Sky Sports' Colin Montgomerie was frustrated that a thrilling third round of the USPGA Championship was cut short by bad weather at Kiawah Island on Saturday - but he insisted it teed it up for a fascinating final day.
"They are going to play three balls off two tees so that gets everybody on the course within two hours of each other. The leaders will go off the front nine, the second half off the back nine and it is going to be a very interesting day."
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Play was halted, and then postponed until Sunday, after storms moved in on the South Carolina coastline with the final major of the year beautifully poised. Rory McIlroy had charged to the top of the leaderboard with five birdies in his first eight holes before the Northern Irishman dropped a shot to leave him level at the head of the field with Vijay Singh.
Adam Scott, who agonisingly missed out on his first major title at the Open, is one shot back on five under par. Meanwhile Tiger Woods has work to do after the joint leader at halfway made a poor start to his round and fell five shots off the pace.
Montgomerie was disappointed to see the storm clouds force the players off just as the third round began to heat up, but he believes it will only make the final day all the more thrilling with long day of golf ahead of the leaders.
"It is going to be a long day, for us included," he told Sky Sports. "But not such a long day for the viewer because I think it is going to be a great day for the viewer. We are guaranteed some sunshine especially first thing.
"To see Rory continue his fine form, to see if Tiger can get back, to see if Poulter can get back into things again - it is really set up. It was such a shame because I was enjoying commentating on it and we all were. It was a shame it finished when it did.
"I am looking forward to a long day tomorrow. They are going to play three balls off two tees so that gets everybody on the course within two hours of each other. The leaders will go off the front nine, the second half off the back nine and it is going to be a very interesting day."
Fellow pundit Butch Harmon was in no doubt that the right decision was made in halting play last night and he is confident the weather will hold off for the players, who will have to show stamina as much as skill if they are to prevail on the final day of the majors season.
He said: "The weather looks ok for the morning. I can understand why they cancelled play. There is still a tremendous amount of rain and thunder and lightning in the area. I don't think you want to put the players back out there.
"But they are going to have to start very early, 7.45am, so they will be on the range for about 6.30am and get here by 6am. It is going to be a long day."