Tiger Woods is in contention in a second straight major.
Australian Scott produced a ball-striking round of impeccable quality, a 65 the best score of the afternoon, marred only by a couple of missed putts, including a seven-footer at the last.
And it still felt like he was the second billing to Tiger Woods.
He already burnished his reputation two months ago by winning a US Open on two entirely different courses - one at Erin Hills with a record-tying score of 16-under par, the other at Shinnecock Hills where he survived to win at 1-over par.
"It's been a pleasure to play in front of them, it really has", Woods said.
He made his first bogey of the day at the par-3 6th after finding a back bunker off the tee, but he wouldn't have to wait long to get back to 10 under.
"I don't think I'd ever played in front of that many people", he told reporters Saturday.
After failing to find a fairway over his first nine holes - going 0-for-7 - Woods changed his shirt following another miss on No. 9, then hit an fantastic shot around a tree from near a cart path to 10 feet to set up a birdie for a front-nine 32.
Adam Scott watches intently his approach to the 15th green. Kern was just one of three players who made it through his round without a bogey, joining Daniel Berger (66) and Jon Rahm (66). He settled for his second consecutive 4-under-par 66 to finish at 202, 8 under par.
"I feel like I've been doing all the right stuff, and I just haven't been doing it on the golf course". It's soft, it's plugging, we're able to hold 4-irons, 5-irons, whatever we want, at the flags. Watching Finau make all those birdies, Furyk "didn't say anything, but he was just shaking his head", Finau said.
Woods said he had trouble judging the speed of the greens, especially on the back nine, and his three-putt on 17 was the result of an over-correction.
Woods had another near-miss at 15 after he missed the green to the right and came up short with his chip.
Birdies were abundant early, a hint that scoring conditions might rival those of Friday that saw three players make a run at matching the all-time low major round of 62 by Branden Grace of South Africa from last year's British Open. "And I blew it by 4 feet and then pulled the next one".
Unfortunately, some mishaps with his driver likely caused him to suffer just a little bit too much to come away with a win. "It's actually pretty windy today and I'm staying in the shade as best as I can".
Only a three-putt bogey at the fifth hole halted his progress, though he put the setback quickly behind him to birdie the next three holes.
Bellerive has been lined with massive galleries, and Woods applauded them for their support.
Woods has never won a major, and he's won 14 of them, when trailing after 54 holes.
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