Tiger leaps into hunt as third round begins at PGA C'ship

PGA golfer Tiger Woods

PGA golfer Tiger Woods

He's proven himself before, most notably during his victory at the 2013 Masters. Even more than the British Open.

But Woodland was comforted by the memory of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February, where he made a similar stumble before recovering to notch his third career PGA Tour win. But what it does offer is a Budweiser wagon full of birdies and eagles. In the lead at 12 under, Koepka is supplying the rolled-up sleeves and the kind of blacksmith arms that would've left Arnold Palmer's arms on the wrong side of a before-and-after ad.

And it was only good for a one-shot lead over Kevin Kisner.

McIlroy bogeyed the opening hole after flying his approach over the green and although he responded immediately with a birdie on the next, further dropped shots on the fourth and seventh saw him tumble down the leaderboard.

Those errors brought Woods back into contention. Koepka closed with a two-shot lead over Adam Scott, with three more players at 9 under separating Koepka from Woods.

But in his wake are some other heavyweights. He needed to do something special in the second round to make the cut.

Scott had the day's best round with a 65.

Australia's 2015 PGA Championship victor Jason Day struggled to hit top gear during a 67 which left him a shot further back. He finished the day at five under.

The PGA Championship announced that the round was suspended after 6 p.m.

There were so many other big names jostling for position that at one point it felt more like a auto race than a golf tournament. "I hit it good on the back nine".

Tiger Woods made an early move up the leaderboard Saturday at Bellerive Country Club, but a few missed opportunities on the back nine derailed some of his momentum. He added, "A lot happened, but to post 10 birdies in a major championship is pretty special". Frankly, everything about this golf tournament in the St. Louis Cardinals' backyard was supposed to be for the birds. The previous three majors were more like a microwavable Stouffer's meal.

The same could probably be said for Fowler, who is tied with Rahm after a third-round 69, and Day, the 2015 PGA champion who is another stroke back at 8 under and tied with Thomas, this week's defending champion. Woods also didn't stick around for four rounds at Shinnecock Hills. And while Tommy Fleetwood made a spirited charge with a final-round 63, the likes of Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose didn't do much to challenge Koepka, who won his second straight U.S. Open title at 1 over.

Spieth refused to acknowledge he's out of it entering Sunday's final round. "I was just trying to hit it 185 yards and obviously hit it 180 yards, but I think the wind switched on us a little bit. It's amusing how things work", said Berger, who's also been dealing with a wrist injury this week. Woods had to settle for a 66, and by the time everyone else came through the 17th hole, he slipped back to a tie for sixth, four shots out of the lead. Golf is, undoubtedly, more exciting when that is the case.

And Woods knew the putt was bad. Woodland, even with the lowest 36-hole score in 60 years of stroke play at the PGA Championship, still had a long way to go. It's like, 'Yeah, OK.' I don't know what to say to that. But will Koepka be tougher?

"Hopefully this afternoon I can shoot a low one and it's going to take that because guys are making birdies from everywhere".

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