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Friday, August 10, 2012
Updated: August 11, 10:17 PM ET
Who did delay help, hurt most?

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Talk about not your typical moving day at a major. A 36-hole co-leader goes 3 over through seven holes, a front-runner gets his ball stuck in a tree and then play gets called late in the afternoon because of Mother Nature.

Kiawah Island's Ocean Course provides nothing if not excitement. So how will Sunday's third and fourth rounds play out?

Our experts analyze all that and more in our latest edition of PGA Championship Four-Ball.


1. Who did the suspension of play help and hurt the most?


Michael Collins, ESPN.com senior golf analyst: I think it helps Adam Scott the most. He was 4 under on the day and bogey-free. Now he's going to get to play 27 holes and finish in threesomes, so it won't feel like the Sunday of a major.

Farrell Evans, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Tiger was struggling, and the stoppage of play could give him time to sort through some things. But I'm not sure that it's going to help him at the end. I think the delay benefits a player like Bo Van Pelt, who is at 3 under. The guys ahead of him on the leaderboard have a lot of holes to play to finish their third rounds. Van Pelt will be rested on what will be a long day for most of the leaders.

Bob Harig, ESPN.com senior golf writer: It helped Tiger, because his only chance now is to regroup and hope he finds his game in the morning. It hurt Vijay Singh because he's tied for the lead, has made two birdies and no bogeys, but now is faced with a 28-hole Sunday in his attempt to become the oldest major champion.

Gene Wojciechowski, ESPN.com senior national columnist: Carl Pettersson might benefit from the suspension. It's not like he was leaking oil, but he wasn't making much of a move, either. Who will it hurt? Padraig Harrington. He played in the wind Saturday and shot 69. He needed the leaders to play in the same conditions. It didn't happen. He trails by 5 shots.


2. Which player outside the top 10 after Saturday's play has a shot to be in the mix to win the PGA?


Michael Collins: Aaron Baddeley. He's playing with Adam Scott and has nine holes left in the third round, so he can make up the most ground. Only being even on Saturday and 1 under overall means the break will give him a chance to get the birdie train rolling, especially after finishing the front nine with two bogeys.

Farrell Evans: Padraig Harrington is 1 under and 5 shots back of the leaders after a third-round 69. The three-time major champion could post a score early and wait to see what the leaders do down the stretch.

Bob Harig: Tiger certainly has an opportunity to get back in it. He's tied for 11th, and while he's closing in on the tough holes, if he is able to get a few birdies while others struggle, he gives himself a chance going into the final round.

Gene Wojciechowski: Tiger Woods or Harrington, both T-11. But it will take some serious grinding.


3. How does Tiger right the ship Sunday?


Michael Collins: He can't. I know that's not what people want to hear and I wish there was I way I saw him getting back in contention, but I just don't see it. His swing is off and his putting is not saving him like it did on Thursday and Friday. It's not something he can fix on the range an hour before he goes on the course.

Farrell Evans: Tiger needs to hit fairways and greens. It sounds simple but it's hard to make bogeys if you can do those two things consistently. Also, he has to make birdies at the par-5s. On Saturday, he was 1 over on the two par-5s on the front nine.

Bob Harig: He really needs to make that par putt on the eighth hole when he comes back Sunday morning, and that's a tall order. It's an 8-footer right away to avoid going 4 over for his round. If he makes that, perhaps it gives him a boost of confidence. Certainly he'll need to give himself some more chances for birdies on the back nine to close the gap heading into Round 4.

Gene Wojciechowski: Well, it would be nice if he had a few shots in which he wasn't standing on his head. He did that way too often on Saturday.


4. Who's kissing the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday night?


Michael Collins: Rory McIlroy is playing so well right now. Not quite as good as when he won the U.S. Open in 2011, but good enough to win this major. If he can come out on Sunday and get a birdie in the first three holes he plays, this thing could get ugly quick. Pucker up, Wanamaker! You're about to get a nice Irish kiss!

Farrell Evans: Rory McIlroy. He has the bad round out of his system with the 75 on Friday. He looks comfortable on the leaderboard, and after several months of mediocre play he's starting to look like a former No. 1 player in the world.

Bob Harig: Rory McIlroy. There's a long way to go, but he's put himself in a great spot now, tied for the lead and playing a golf course that is far tamer than the one in which he shot 75 on Friday. And for a 23-year-old, a 27-hole day should be no problem. In fact, he ought to have an advantage.

Gene Wojciechowski: Adam Scott. The golf gods sort of owe him one. Plus, he's playing well.