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Tiger prowling for first major title in decade after Koepka falters

12 Août 2018

It also tied the 36-hole record for all majors, matching Jordan Spieth at the 2015 Masters, Martin Kaymer at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 and Brandt Snedeker (Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2012) and Nick Faldo (Muirfield in 1992) at the British Open.

The chances of a home victor with nine Americans in the top 15, including leader Gary Woodland, double US Open champion Brooks Koepka and world number one Dustin Johnson. Made a couple of key putts.

This is his seventh PGA. It's long, soft and bland, and the 100th PGA probably deserved something better. It's his best finish in a major and this is his 28th. He had to make an 8-foot par save on the 13th. After netting five birdies on the front nine, he'd shot even par since, and to knock his score down to 10 under for the tournament would have done wonders.

Perhaps it was easy for Woodland not to be overly impressed. He knows what he'll need to do to regain the lead.

"It could have been a little bit closer but I've got a shot going into tomorrow", he said. "On the second hole, when I hit it in the water, that was a big boost to knock it in there tight and only make bogey".

"I can really tune in in the majors and I have no idea why", he said. He checked all the right boxes, had all the firepower Bellerive could ask for and a two-pack of majors to prove his pedigree; but with all the other power players perfectly aligned for what promised to be a long drive competition he blended into the crowd.

"Not just myself, but everyone's going to have to shoot low rounds", Woods said.

Still, there was enough trouble if you got too aggressive or sloppy, or decided you didn't quite belong in that company.

Woods, searching for a first major win since the 2008 US Open, moved into contention after a blistering front nine which contained five birdies and one bogey.

Woods first had to complete 11 holes of the second round early Saturday morning, also finishing with a 66.

Finau had to come back Saturday morning after Friday's weather suspension and play his final seven holes. Woods hit 10 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens. The cut was another record, coming at even-par 140 and knocking out the likes of Phil Mickelson. Instead, he was the 15th player to shoot 63 in the PGA Championship.

Ranks 47th in FedEx Cup standings and the two-time FedEx Cup champion has not qualified for the playoffs since 2013.

Adam Scott, amazingly nearly the forgotten hero of Australian golf, reminded the golf world he's not a spent force at a weather-lashed US PGA Championship today.

The 42-year-old looked certain to end a string of pars when he fired a superb approach into the par-five 17th, only to charge the eagle attempt four feet past the hole and miss the return.

Jon Rahm made a late climb up the leaderboard with a bogey-free, four-under 66 to get to nine under.

Vermeer's 6-over was fifth best among club pros.

ST. LOUIS - For the second consecutive major championship, Tiger Woods finds himself in contention heading to the final round. Wonder if a tournament director might put them in the same grouping for the first two rounds? "I thought if I didn't pull it off and hit the tree, I'd be somewhere down into the trees and still be able to make five".

Tiger prowling for first major title in decade after Koepka falters