by Jeff Skinner
After two days of a stuttering start The PGA Championship finally started to look like a real golf tournament on Saturday. With some golfers finishing their second round early Saturday morning the sky cleared to give the players a clear and fogless view of Whistling Straights. While the tournament may now look like a major, the leaderboard looks like anything but a major championship. Five of the top six names on the leaderboard are under thirty and the only one that isn’t is from China, that’s right, China.
Twenty nine year old Nick Watney shot an impressive 66 to take a three stroke lead over Dustin Johnson (26) and Rory McIlroy (21) who both shot 67. Thirty two year old Wenchong Liang from China shot a new course record 64 to vault up the leaderboard and land in a tie for fourth with Jason Day and Martin Kaymer.
None of these golfers have won a major and leaderboards like this may well be the future of golf. Watney has been playing well with two top tens in his last three starts including a tie for seventh at The Open Championship. Dustin Johnson once again will be in the final group at a major as he was when he blew his lead at The U.S. Open. Rory McIlroy is trying to become the youngest major winner in fifty years at twenty one and would a win for him put a much younger face on major championship golf.
If these young guns are to falter there is some major winners lurking. At five strokes back are PGA Champion Steve Elkington, Masters Champ Zach Johnson and U.S. Open Champion Jim Furyk. With Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson still off their form and out of contention a showdown between these “youngsters” could be a blessing. There are many good, young golfers on tour that are vying to be the next major champion. Sunday’s final round at Whistling Straights will give these guys their chance at making history.