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Tiger Woods could be leading the PGA Championship, but he's not

Shane Lowry is bloody killing it at the USPGA Championships Golf Channel host praises Gary Woodland, throws shade at Mizzou during PGA Championship | The Kansas City Star
Cary Erickson | 12 August, 2018, 22:38

Brooks Koepka and Charl Schwartzel equalled the lowest score in tournament history as the 100th US PGA Championship turned into a shootout in St Louis.

Fox closed out his round strongly with two birdies on his final three holes, including a 372-yard drive, with the aid of a cart path, to find the green in one on the par-four seventh hole.

There were two rounds of 63, one 64 and six 65s.

Still to be determined was whether Woodland's score even holds up as the lead. Storms arrived forcing a two-hour suspension, and the PGA of America declared the rest of the day a wash when rain pounded the course.

Lowry hailed his own putting throughout round two and was delighted to post a flawless round with no dropped shots throughout, and holing a very important putt to save par on the sixth hole (his 15th).

"Honestly, I haven't hit it great, up to my standards, these first couple days", Finau said. "Going to have to make a lot of birdies".

Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., was a part of the late wave that had its round suspended by the weather.

The second round was to resume at 7 a.m. local time.

Perhaps it was easy for Woodland not to be overly impressed.

Scott fired a day three best 5-under-par 65 at Bellerive Country Club to jump to outright second at 10 under, just two shots back of 54-hole leader Koepka (66).

Still, it was the biggest move he has made in a major since the 2011 Masters, when he came from eight shots back to briefly lead before finishing fourth.

Koepka is trying to become the first player since Woods to capture the U.S. Open and PGA in the same year. This one missed, and only later did Koepka realize it was for 62.

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"Yeah, there's a lot of star power", Koepka said. "For sure, it was the craziest round I think he's ever seen. You never know what can happen on the weekend".

"It was a long day".

Bellerive really had no defence.

Koepka birdied the fifth then matched Woodland's birdie at the par-5 eighth to stay on top, stretching the margin with an 11-foot birdie putt at the ninth while Woodland made bogey. Woodland is among the most powerful players in golf. At The Open after taking the lead on the back nine, he went double-bogey and bogey before playing the last six holes in 1 under.

Spieth still has hope in his second try at a career Grand Slam.

The back-to-back birdies put Woods into the top 10, and pulled him within four shots of the leader.

Spieth has battled with his game all year, and his confidence isn't at its peak.

"Could've been a little closer, " Woods said. "This course would be phenomenal - and probably is phenomenal - if it's not playing soft". Cink, who along with Webb Simpson rounded out the 12:21 tee time, has played with Woods intermittently for decades, and he said the experience Saturday took him back.

"It's been 16 pars in a row from yesterday to today, so hopefully I can break that run in the morning", McIlroy said.

"Obviously things haven't been going well for me this year". In conditions like Bellerive, no lead was safe.

"I feel like if I do what I'm supposed to do, I should win the golf tournament", he said. "I'm not too anxious with what anyone else is doing out there".