Commentary

PGA Championship Round 3 grades

Updated: August 9, 2014, 11:29 PM ET
By Farrell Evans | ESPN.com

When Rory McIlroy appeared on Saturday as though he was ready to come back to the field or lose a share of the lead, he made birdies. His three birdies over his last four holes should give him some momentum as he takes a 1-shot lead into the final round at Valhalla Golf Club.

How will the players in contention on my board answer the challenge to stop the seeming inevitability of McIlroy winning his second PGA Championship and second consecutive major?

Rickie Fowler is this year's Mr. Major with his three top-5 finishes in the three completed majors of 2014. If there were a board for players who bring their A-games to the majors, he and Jason Day would be at the top of the list.

These two young guns and an elder statesman, Phil Mickelson, have the best chance of the players on my board to stop McIlroy from further cementing his dominance. As this bunched leaderboard at Valhalla proves, there are many great players in the game.

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