Tulsa, Okla.-----When Arron Oberholser double-bogeyed the 16th hole in the opening round of the 89th PGA Championship, the interview room moderator described the action as a hiccup.
The former San Jose State star has not taken gas at the final major championship of the 2007 Professional Golf Association Tour despite a double bogey in rounds two and three. Oberholser fought back from a third-round double bogey on the second hole for an even par 70 and a tie for sixth place heading into the final 18 holes on August 12.
The three-time All-American has a 54-hole total of even par 210 which included a birdie on the 18th hole, his third of the day.
Tiger Woods extended his lead on the field to three strokes with a 69 for a 203 total. Canadian Stephen Ames at 206, American Woody Austin at 207, Australian John Senden at 208 and Ernie Els of South Africa at 209 are ahead of Oberholser.
Heading into the 2007 PGA Championship, Oberholser’s best finish at a PGA Championship was a tie for 13th. He is paired with K.J. Choi of Korea for the final round in a 10:20 a.m. tee time. A top-15 finish earns him an automatic spot in the 90th PGA Championship in 2008.
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