By Alex Myers
The third round of the 2020 PGA Championship provided those on the East Coast with some spectacular prime-time golf from San Francisco’s TPC Harding Park. But these days you can’t just “watch” golf on one screen. So to help recap all the action from an eventful—and long—Saturday, we tracked down 13 tweets that also told the story.
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth drew most of the attention early as a star-studded pair of major champs. Little-known fact, but the two are also best buds. Although, you might question that after the drubbing JT delivered to his longtime friend. Thomas was disappointed with 68 after birdieing five of his first seven holes, but he still beat Spieth by eight shots.
Lmaooo Spieth has had enough pic.twitter.com/uRihFR8j7w
— Christopher Powers (@CPowers14) August 8, 2020
Needless to say, Spieth won’t be completing the career Grand Slam this week. … Another day, another poor putting performance for Tiger Woods with that new putter. Here was his reaction to finally making a putt—for par—on the 14th hole:
“I’ve still got all day.” – Tiger 😂 pic.twitter.com/8nKzAEHi5V
— GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) August 8, 2020
Needless to say, Woods won’t win a 16th major this week. … Phil Mickelson took full advantage of his weekend tee time—by pushing his coffee concoction that he’s now sponsored by:
OK, so that’s an Instagram and not a tweet. So sue me. Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka their worth as pitchmen earlier in the week, but Mickelson is still in a class by himself when it comes to giving his sponsors the most bang for their buck. But Phil’s best performance came later with an extended visit with Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo in the 18th tower. There was this awkward moment:
Phil Mickelson dropping in for some analysis this afternoon; Nick Faldo wasn’t quite ready for his opening dad joke pic.twitter.com/tNycbpWCeL
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) August 8, 2020
But overall, Mickelson was awesome.
Phil Mickelson is as good talking about golf as anyone is talking about anything. #PGAChampionship
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) August 8, 2020
Faldo might want to watch his back …
The 36-hole leader, Haotong Li, had an interesting day. Well, really, an interesting couple holes on 12 and 13. After getting two of the luckiest breaks you’ll ever see on 12 and taking advantage with a birdie, his tee shot on No. 13 rattled into the trees … and didn’t come down. Li struggled after that and will enter Sunday four shots back.
— Alex Myers (@AlexMyers3) August 9, 2020
Yep, I used my own tweet. Again, sue me. It’s late. Speaking of watching golf in prime time, there was so much to see—unless you were a Tommy Fleetwood fan.
Has Tommy Fleetwood been locked in a Portaloo? Completely disappeared from the coverage
— ByTheMinute Golf (@ByTheMinGolf) August 8, 2020
By the way, he completely disappeared from the coverage because he completely disappeared off the leader board. But he rallied down the stretch to get to six under and put himself in position again to get WIN NO. 1 IN AMERICA. Shhh. We can’t say that too loudly around Europeans.
There are plenty of players in the mix to win major No. 1, however, including Cameron Champ.
What happens if Cameron Champ goes on the Bryson bulking + speed plan? Does the golf ball explode?
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) August 9, 2020
With all due respect to Bryson DeChambeau, Champ is the PGA Tour’s distance champ. That being said, Bryson pulled off a different type of bomb on the 18th hole, rolling one in from San Diego:
Bryson DeChambeau…FROM 95 FEET?!?! pic.twitter.com/MQB1DgneMp
— GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) August 8, 2020
Bryson has a great chance to beat his best major finish (T-15)—and perhaps, even hoist golf’s biggest trophy. But he’ll have to overcome a bunch of guys, including a younger Californian, Collin Morikawa, who made the biggest move (up 21 spots) on moving day.
— Dave Ross (@drosssports) August 8, 2020
Reminder: This is his first major as a pro. And a win would mean he’d have as many majors as cuts missed on the PGA Tour since turning pro. Crazy.
Oh, and speaking of young GUNZ, Scottie Scheffler played himself into the final group on Sunday.
3 of the 10 players from the 2017 U.S. Walker Cup team are in the top 4.
Champ – t2
Scheffler – t2
Morikawa – t4 pic.twitter.com/opuQZWto0x
— The Fried Egg (@the_fried_egg) August 9, 2020
But they’re all chasing Dustin Johnson, who shot 65 with a double bogey to get to nine-under. The same Dustin Johnson who couldn’t break 80 a few weeks ago.
Dustin Johnson within the last month went 80-80 to miss the cut at the Memorial then 78-WD in Minnesota.
8 birdies today and leads the PGA.
Golf is crazy.
— Riggs (@RiggsBarstool) August 9, 2020
Now he holds the 54-hole lead a major. But a familiar face is lurking a couple shots back …
Koepka, talking about the guys on the leaderboard tomorrow: “DJ’s only won one.”
— Daniel Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport) August 9, 2020
Yeah, this thing is probably over.