PGA Championship Third Round News & Notes

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Rochester, NY (Sports Network) - Lee Westwood moved up the leaderboard on Saturday with his 2-under 68, which could help him extend a record he'd rather not see grow.

In the last 22 major championships, of which he's played 21, Westwood has tallied a record nine second- or third-place finishes without a victory.

No other player in PGA Tour history has had that many top-3 finishes without a victory.

The PGA Championship is the only major in which he doesn't have multiple top-3 finishes in the majors. In fact, he only has two top-10s in 15 previous starts at the season's final major.

Westwood got his round going with birdies at the fourth and sixth. After stumbling to a bogey on the seventh, he bounced back with a birdie on No. 9.

The Englishman traded a bogey for a birdie from the 11th. After a par on 13, Westwood birdied the 14th to reach minus-4. However, he coughed up a shot at 15, then closed with three pars in a row.

"It's a lot dryer today obviously. The course dried out quite considerably compared to when we played it yesterday morning," Westwood said. "Obviously, there's a bit more wind, which makes this golf course a lot trickier. You won't see the low scores today. It's a good test out there."

STRICKER REMAINS IN CONTENTION

Despite playing with a hamstring injury, the partially retired Steve Stricker remained in contention after three rounds of the PGA Championship.

Stricker is playing in his 10th event of the season. Only twice in the previous nine has he finished outside the top-20, so it seems his decision to spend more time at home with his family is paying off.

The 46-year-old shared 20th at the Masters and tied for eighth at the U.S. Open. This week at Oak Hill, Stricker started with rounds of 68-67.

Stricker mixed three birdies and three bogeys in a round of 70 on Saturday. If he can rally for the title, Stricker will become the oldest major champion in history.

"I'm in a decent spot. I'm going to be (a few) behind probably at the end of the day, and I've got a chance. That's all I can ask for, I guess," Stricker said.

* Dustin Johnson soared into contention on Saturday with his 5-under 65. He jumped into a share of ninth at 2-under 208.

* There have been eight eagles and 1,031 birdies through three rounds. Both of those totals are greater than the amount of eagles and birdies at the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

* The winner of the season's first three majors has come from outside the final pairing. Only four of the last 19 54-hole leaders in the four majors have gone on to win -- Rory McIlroy (2012 PGA), Darren Clarke (2011 British), McIlroy (2011 U.S. Open) and Louis Oosthuizen (2010 British).

* If Furyk hangs on for the win, he'd be the 19th player in history to win the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship.

* For the third straight day, the par-4 17th was the hardest hole as it played to an average of 4.43 strokes. The 17th has been the most difficult through three rounds as players have needed 4.43 shots on average.

* The drivable par-4 14th was the easiest hole for the second day in a row as it averaged 3.73 strokes. Through three rounds, the par-5 fourth has been the easiest by averaging 4.81 shots.

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