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Adrian Cunningham | 13 August, 2018, 05:03

The ball rested on the edge of the cup, its logo peeking into the hole for what seemed like forever.

If there were any doubts about whether or not Tiger Woods has his mojo back, Jena Sims may have answered it for us.

On Sunday, it wouldn't budge.

Woods carded a second consecutive round of 66 to move him just four behind overnight clubhouse leader Brooks Koepka with Sunday's final round looming.

But then the golfing gods gifted this marathon Saturday out of left field and left us all with a Sunday at colorless and faceless Bellerive that could be the most memorable golf event of the year, and of many years to come.

"There nothing like it", said Gary Woodland, who was in the twosome with the world's best-known player.

After atoning for his earlier misses with birdie putts from 10 feet and six feet on 15 and 16, Koepka offered a glimmer of hope to playing-partner Scott when he misread his putt for a four on the 17th, but the Australian could not take advantage as he lipped out from close range. "I'm just very pleased at what I've done so far and now to be part of the Ryder Cup conversation, going from where I've come from to now in the past year, it's been pretty cool".

Then he drilled his tee shot at the 10th right down the middle.

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It was a ideal start for both players, too , with Kepa keeping a clean sheet and Jorginho scoring his first goal for the club. Manchester United kicked off the season on Friday with a 2-1 win over Leicester City at Old Trafford.

It left a sense of anti-climax, but Woods is still within reach of his 15th major, a situation few would have predicted at the start of a year which has seen the 42-year-old resurrect his career after debilitating injuries. But he provided the Bellerive faithful with one last moment of joy when he poured in a 19-footer for birdie at 18.

On this day, he was celebrating the grind - and the fact that he simply would not go away. "He's the reason I'm playing". "It's actually pretty windy today and I'm staying in the shade as best as I can".

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.

"I didn't even know if I was going to play golf again", Woods said. "It looks like I'm going to come up a little short". And yet, he scrambled. The total purse was $10.5 million.

As the putts kept dropping, the roars got louder.

Other contending major winners include 2009 British Open winner Stewart Cink, 2015 PGA Championship winner Jason Day of Australia, second-ranked defending champion Justin Thomas and 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel of South Africa.

Or go back to Thursday, when a bogey and double bogey on his first two holes almost ended his tournament before it really began. "It was a long day".

Koepka's impressive composure under huge pressure enabled him to become only the fifth player in history after Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen to win the US Open and the PGA Championship in the same year, and he is also just the fifth American to win at least three majors before the age of 29.