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Published 10/08/2014 | 15:00

Can Rory win yet another major this year?
Can Rory win yet another major this year?
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Tiger Woods of the United States and Phil Mickelson of the United States shake hands on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Phil Mickelson of the United States tips his cap on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Jim Furyk of the United States and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain shake hands on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Padraig Harrington of Ireland waits under an umbrella alongside caddie Ronan Flood before hitting his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Tiger Woods of the United States hits an approach shot from the rough on the sixth hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up his putt on the 13th green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a putt for birdie on the 14th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a putt for birdie on the 14th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves on the 18th green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves on the 18th green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks with his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald on the 12th hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hts a shot from the rough on the 12th hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands under an umbrella on the 15th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Martin Kaymer of Germany and Bubba Watson of the United States walk onto the 14th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Martin Kaymer of Germany and Bubba Watson of the United States walk onto the 14th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks off the 15th tee under an umbrella during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of the bunker on the 12th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 10th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Matteo Manassero of Italy waits with his caddie Alberto Binaghi on the tenth hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Scott Stallings of the United States and his caddie Jon Yarborough walk across the tenth fairway during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Standing water is seen on the ninth green during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Tom Watson of the United States and his caddie Neil Oxman walk to the practice ground during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: David Hearn's caddie Brent Everson waits under an umbrella on the first tee during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Bob Sowards of the United States rides in a cart with his caddie near the clubhouse during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: A volunteer waits near the practice ground during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Members of the grounds crew clear water from a fairway during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Henrik Stenson of Sweden hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Chris Kirk of the United States hits his third shot from a bunker on the ninth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Jerry Kelly of the United States reacts on the ninth green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Hideto Tanihara of Japan hits his second shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Chris Wood of England hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to a missed putt for birdie on the 16th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Steve Schneiter of the United States hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a putt for birdie on the 14th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
Phil Mickelson hits out of the bunker on the 17th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Ian Poulter of England walks across the 18th green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Mikko Ilonen of Finland hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Jerry Smith of the United States hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Ian Poulter of England hits his second shot on the first hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Brian Harman of the United States hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Tiger Woods of the United States cross the bridge to the second tee during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rickie Fowler of the United States hits his tee shot on the tenth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan walks up the tenth fairway with his caddie Daisuke Shindo during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 06: (L-R) Tiger Woods of the United States and sports agent Mark Steinberg walk across a bridge during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 6, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: Jamie Donaldson of Wales waits with his caddie on a green during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: Lee Westwood of England crosses a bridge during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: Pablo Larrazabal of Spain lines up a shot with his caddie during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: (L-R) Gerry McIlory, father of Rory McIlroy (not pictured) talks Gala Alten, girlfriend of Pablo Larrazabal (not pictured) during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: (L-R) Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Pablo Larrazabal of Spain walk on a tee during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, left, and Sergio Garcia, of Spain, walk along the foot bridge on the fourth hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Adam Scott, of Australia, speaks to the media during a news conference for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Justin Rose, of England, right, gets a putting lesson on the 17th hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of the bunker on the second hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, speaks to the media during a news conference before a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Rory McIlroy is taking a narrow lead over Austria's Bernd Wiesberger into the final round of the US PGA Championship as he looks to claim a second major title in four weeks and third win in a row.

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McIlroy took a one-shot advantage into the third round at a soggy Valhalla and held onto it thanks to a second successive 67 to lie 13 under par, but the identity of his nearest challenger came as something of a surprise.

Wiesberger was a total of 12 over for his last two appearances in the US PGA before this week and had only made one halfway cut in five previous majors, but carded a flawless 65 which was completed in stunning fashion.

Tee-time at Rory McIlroy's place  

The 28-year-old world number 70 holed from inside three feet on the 505-yard 16th, almost holed his second shot to the 17th and then left an eagle pitch just inches short on the 18th.

"It was a dream come true really, going out there with Phil (Mickelson), one of my heroes," said Wiesberger, who lost a play-off for the Lyoness Open in his native Vienna in June, the event he won in 2012 for his second European Tour title.

"I played beautifully today, I didn't miss a lot of shots, set up a few nice opportunities on the last few holes especially. I'm very proud of myself the way I played.

"It's a completely new situation for me, only my second cut in a major in six attempts, so I am quite a rookie in this particularly situation. I have driven it really nicely this week and if I can do it again it will settle down the nerves and I am going to have fun tomorrow."

American Rickie Fowler, who has finished in a tie for fifth, second and second in this year's majors, was a shot behind Wiesberger on 11 under with Mickelson another stroke back after both shot 67. Australian Jason Day was alongside Mickelson after a 69.

McIlroy, who won the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool and a first World Golf Championship event in the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, is aiming to become the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win back-to-back majors.

The 25-year-old won his first two by eight shots and was six ahead after 54 holes at Hoylake but was happy simply to still be in the lead here.

"The guys got pretty close to me at the Open and today and I was able to respond on the back nine," McIlroy said. "It's not the biggest lead I've ever had but I am still in control of this tournament and it's still a good position to be in.

"I just knew I needed to make a couple (of birdies) coming down the back nine to keep the lead or at least be tied. The two birdies on 15 and 16 were huge.

"It's where I want to be, it's the best place to be in a tournament. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."

McIlroy's Ryder Cup team-mate Graeme McDowell felt the course was playing more like a regular PGA Tour event than a major championship, but the final pairing of McIlroy and Day began their rounds scrambling for dramatic pars.

Day hooked his tee shot on the second so badly that it cleared Floyd's Fork, the creek running down the left-hand side of the hole, and into deep grass on the far side.

Television commentator David Feherty initially looked to be searching for the ball in order for Day to work out where he could take a penalty drop, but the Australian then sent his caddie Colin Swatton to wade through the creek to assist.

When the ball was found in a good enough lie for Day to be able to play it, the 26-year-old then took his shoes and socks off as well and made the journey across to the other side. Instructing Swatton to "throw me a pitching wedge", Day duly hacked out of the rough, pitched onto the green and holed from 12 feet for a remarkable par.

Two holes later it was McIlroy's turn to escape with a par after pulling his drive into a hazard on the par-four fourth, which had been reduced to 292 yards to allow players to try to drive the green.

After taking a drop McIlroy pitched to 11 feet and holed the putt, although he was joined in the lead by Day who was left with a tap-in birdie after missing from close range for an eagle.

Both players then made birdie on the fifth but McIlroy reclaimed the lead when Day bogeyed the sixth after a wild drive and the world number one was two clear when he holed from five feet on the par-five seventh for birdie.

However, McIlroy duffed his chip from the edge of the eighth green and a repeat on the 12th meant he was briefly a shot behind Wiesberger when the world number 70 birdied the 16th and almost holed his approach to the 17th.

However, McIlroy responded in stunning style, holing from 20 feet on the 15th and then reducing the 505-yard 16th to a drive and a nine-iron which stopped two feet from the hole.

"Hmmm, drive and a 9 iron into 16 £wow," Luke Donald wrote on Twitter and after Wiesberger had birdied the last there was another massive drive from McIlroy on the same hole to set up a closing birdie from a greenside bunker for the outright lead.

Official World Ranking

1 Rory McIlroy (Nirl) 9.40pts ave, 2 Adam Scott (Aus) 9.23, 3 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 7.78, 4 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 7.66, 5 Justin Rose (Eng) 7.46, 6 Matt Kuchar (USA) 6.77, 7 Bubba Watson (USA) 6.66, 8 Jim Furyk (USA) 6.47, 9 Jason Day (Aus) 6.19, 10 Tiger Woods (USA) 5.90, 15. Graeme McDowell (Nirl) 4.90; 58 Shane Lowry (Irl) 2.25

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