Sergio Garcia will head the European challenge in the final round of the 81st US PGA Championship as he attempts to become the youngest winner of a major championship for 129 years. The young Spaniard shot a third round of 68 to move to nine under par, just two shots off the lead going into the final day. But he will have to first overcome World Number Two Tiger Woods who is poised to add another major to his 1997 Masters victory.
Wood's playing partner Lee Westwood lost ground, going out in 35 and then bogeying the 12th, long 14th and 15th to be seven adrift.
Colin Montgomerie was alongside him after a 70 and Europe's number one said: "Woods is the best player in the world and he is proving it right now. I will go out and shoot the lowest I can tomorrow, but I can't see anybody catching him. I suppose he is overdue another major."
Greg Turner shot a 70 to move to four under par while Nick Faldo shot a 75 for a one over.
Swede Robert Karlsson, Scot Andrew Coltart and German Bernhard Langer are currently ninth, 10th and 11th in the Ryder Cup race and all three were unable to break par today after surviving the cut right on the limit of two over.
Karlsson had a 73, Langer a 74 and Coltart an 80. That round included a triple bogey seven on the 15th and a double bogey six on the next, both the result of duffed pitches.
"I dropped five shots out of nowhere," he said. But he refused to blame pressure of the Ryder Cup situation.
"I've been ninth or 10th in the table for the last six or seven months and it does not make any difference because it's the last couple of weeks.
"I suppose it was always likely to come down to a shoot-out in Munich next week."
Paul Lawrie and Jean Van de Velde shot 72 and 75 respectively to stand one over and three over respectively. Lawrie's round ended with a 50-foot birdie putt.