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Cold putter curtails Tiger's PGA charge

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Adrian Cunningham | 12 August, 2018, 16:30

This course would be phenomenal. if it's not playing so soft.

Perhaps it is appropriate that the 100th playing of this Major sees the Americans firmly in control of the PGA Championship and dominating the top of the leaderboard.

"Another low round", Woods said. "It's mentally grinding that hard for 29 holes in this heat". "It's actually pretty windy today and I'm staying in the shade as best as I can".

At stake is a chance to win three of the past six majors he has played, and to join an elite list - Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen - as the only players to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year.

Shane Lowry was one of a multitude of golfers up at the crack of dawn in St Louis to finish out his second round in the USPGA Championships.

Ten players were within four shots of the lead, which includes defending champion Justin Thomas (68), Jason Day (67) and Stewart Cink, the 2009 British Open champion who played with Woods and matched his 66. Koepka just may be that kind of complete, too.

"I think May is going to be a lot better for this golf tournament for sure". "It takes it out of you not just physically but mentally".

He missed. And then he missed the next from 4 feet for birdie and ended his day with 10 straight pars.

But Tiger's putter? It brought more moans than cheers from the fans, and more frustration than joy to Woods. "You can really control the spin, the flight".

Rickie Fowler is dealing with an oblique injury but gutted out 69 and will begin Sunday in the penultimate group with Jon Rahm.

As the final groups teed off Woods was four shots off the lead, but he was far from alone in taking advantage of the ideal conditions, with defending champion Justin Thomas making a birdie at the first and 2015 victor Jason Day picking up shots on the first and third.

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"So in eight holes, he had seven birdies", Furyk said. No one made more in one stretch than Woods, who electrified the gallery with a 31 on the front to start his third round.

Woods' front nine charge - 4-under - came to a screeching halt on the back. As long as he wakes up feeling well he should be in the fight on the back nine. "The whole time, you're just trying to prove them wrong".

"It can show its teeth if you're not driving it well", Thomas said.

Spieth refused to acknowledge he's out of it entering Sunday's final round.

The big-hitting Koepka threatened to run away with the lead on moving day, having led by five shots at one stage, but two bogeys in the middle of his back nine gave the rest of the field hope.

"There's a big chance tomorrow, but there are probably 10 guys thinking the same thing", he said.

He had been on the verge of a low number that would have vaulted him into the thick of it. "I know that that's in the bag".

"I'm exhausted. I am definitely exhausted", Woods said.

Woods is still seven shots back of the leader Gary Woodland, but he's got most of his round yet to play.

Woodland said the bunker nightmare had followed what he felt was a "great swing" on his approach. He wound up with triple-bogey, and scrambled to get back in the mix.

"Try to make the best out of a bad situation and keep rolling", Koepka said. It's a major championship.