PGA Championship: Woods chases leader Koepka

Lowry watches a drive during his first round

Lowry watches a drive during his first round

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.

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

"I was just trying to make the thing, and I really thought I made it", Koepka said. Tiger Woods was finished, and so were hundreds of the sunbaked fans who'd camped there all day, waiting as Woods marched around the course and up the leaderboard.

Tiger Woods got off to a rocky start at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive in St. Louis, but the 14-time major champion has battled back. "You never know what can happen on the weekend".

Woods, ranked 51st, won his most recent major title at the 2008 US Open and has not won any event since the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational but showed solid form last month by leading Sunday on the back nine at the British Open.

But for all the buzz Woods generated on Saturday, the reality is that capturing a 15th major from four shots back of the front-running Brooks Koepka will require something special. I made an adjustment over at 17, I wanted to make sure I got this to the hole and then I blow it by 4 feet and then miss it. "St. Louis has never seen Tiger up close, so it's pretty insane and it makes it a lot more fun". They had to finish their second rounds on Saturday morning because of rain that deluged Bellerive late Friday afternoon.

"So in eight holes, he had seven birdies", Furyk said.

"That self-belief has to come out and I feel like the last six to eight weeks has been a real positive for me".

"You always feel like you've got something to prove, whether it be to yourself or somebody else", said Koepka, who will take a two-stroke lead into the final round following a third-round 66. It nearly goes without saying that until he can find some consistence with his scoring clubs - namely his wedges and his putter - he will continue to fall short in the majors. He'll have to hope for Koepka to stumble, which he doesn't often do, not once he's wrangled the leaderboard as well as he has at Bellerive. Hocknull, who shot a 72 on Thursday, started on the back nine Friday with bogeys at 10 and 16 and a birdie at 11 to stand 1-over for the day. Without much cell service, with big, wooden leaderboards updated by hand and at a delay, it was easy to talk oneself into this alternate universe, these alternate standings.

"It's going to be a long day", Fowler said.

Woods is by no means the favorite. And with just 18 holes of golf remaining, Woods can't stay in a bubble any longer.

His 10-under-par 130 score matched the lowest halfway total in major championship history, and he enjoyed a one-shot halfway lead over Kevin Kisner, and a two-shot cushion over Koepka.

And so what? Tomorrow's shirts will be red, and tomorrow's tournament could still be Tiger's.

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