Sunday, August 10, 2008
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BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - All it took was one record-tying round and several claps of thunder for Oakland Hills to finally look vulnerable Saturday in the PGA Championship.
Andres Romero kept his calm and played a third round he described as 'almost perfect' in making seven birdies to become only the seventh player to shoot 5-under 65 in a major at Oakland Hills.
Then came Mother Nature, who really brought 'The Monster' to its knees.
Thunderstorms swamped the golf course before 36-hole leader J.B. Holmes and five guys chasing him could even tee off. More than four hours later, the PGA of America told everyone to return Sunday for what could be the first 36-hole final at a major in nearly 30 years.
The rain could reshape the character of the final major. Holmes was at 1-under 139, the only player to beat par over two days, but so much rain was sure to take the fire out of the Donald Ross greens that had made players be on the defensive.
'I think it is fair to say they will be significantly more receptive,' said Kerry Haigh, the PGA official in charge of setting up the course.