PGA Championship. Rory Hangs On. August 09 2014

White Dragon GolfRory hangs on to the lead at the PGA Championship at Valhalla. [caption id="attachment_6403" align="alignnone" width="630"]PGA Championship at Valhalla Rory McIlroy / Getty Images[/caption] Rory McIlroy hangs on to the lead at the PGA Championship after a late charge at Valhalla Golf Club saw him post a third round -4 under par 67  for a one shot advantage at -13 under for the tournament. Three late birdies at 15, 16 and 18 has given him that one shot lead to take into the final round tomorrow. Rory admitted that the chasing pack closed up on him today, and was thankful for those late birdies; "The guys got pretty close to me at The Open and today and I was able to respond on the back nine. 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." The surprise package in second place is Bernd Wiesberger, who shot one of the low rounds of the day, a -6 under par 65 and hold second on his own at -12 under par. Playing alongside one of his hero's, Phil Mickelson, inspired him today; "It was a dream come true really, going out there with Phil, one of my heroes. 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 particular 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." Third spot belongs to Rickie Fowler, at -11 under par, Rickie carded a -4 under par  third round. Tied in fourth is Phil Mickelson and Jason Day, both at -10 under par, and by no  means out of contention. Jason made an incredible par from a swamp area on the 500 yard par 4 2nd hole, hitting with his shoes off; "I was too lazy to actually get my shoes thrown over the creek. I either hit it in my bare feet or put my shoes on and have to take my shoes off. I was like, 'We're going to be behind, way behind. So I may as well hit it with no shoes on.' It was a great four there, a lucky four." [caption id="attachment_6404" align="alignnone" width="300"]PGA Championship Jason in the Jungle / Getty Image[/caption] Phil is suddenly enjoying his golf; “It’s so fun for me to be back in the thick of it, have a chance, being in contention heading into Sunday and not having to get up at 6 o’clock in the morning to tee off, if I get to tee off. So it’s been a nice change.” " I need to play aggressive and make some confident swings early on and make some birdies. I’m going to be trying to make up ground on some guys that are playing really good golf and will be making birdies tomorrow. So I’ll have to make a lot of them."