The Loop

We interrupt this coronation to bring you a golf tournament

August 15, 2009

CHASKA, Minn. -- And just like that, the final 36 holes of Hazeltine that were supposed to be a mere formality suddenly have relevance.

While Tiger Woods has not yet surrendered the lead he took into Saturday, he now shares it with Padraig Harrington, who just rolled in a 10-footer for birdie on No. 10 to get to seven under. Throw in Ernie Els and Y.E. Yang who are both a stroke back, and a weekend that risked being a snoozer is now shaping up as a classic.

-- Sam Weinman