Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Gary Woodland matches 36-hole scoring record at PGA Championship

Gary Woodland matches 36-hole scoring record at PGA Championship

Not by matching a PGA Championship record with 10 birdies in the second round.

The 34-year-old shot a 4-under-par 66 on Friday, carding a 130 for the first 36 holes of the tournament and setting a PGA Championship record.

Finau, who found himself clear back in a tie for 120th place after the first round, started off on fire with five straight birdies on Friday and he had moved up to even par for the tournament, right on the cutline after 11 holes when play was suspended for the day because of lightning and rain. The birdie at 8 moved him to within two shots of the lead at the time.

Tiger Woods charged into contention for his first major title in 10 years while two-time US Open champion Brooks Koepka seized a three-stroke lead at the turn in Saturday's third round of the PGA Championship.

In order, Koepka (who is tied for second this week in driving distance) is followed by Adam Scott (T-19 in driving distance), Jon Rahm (T-13), Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland (sixth), Jason Day (T-2), Tiger Woods (33rd) and Justin Thomas (10th).

Ten players were within four shots of the lead, which includes defending champion Justin Thomas (68), Jason Day (67) and Stewart Cink, the 2009 The Open Championship victor who played with Woods and matched his 66.

"I don't really feel I have ever been in contention on a Sunday at the PGA, although I've had some good results", Scott said. "And I just wish I could have got myself a couple more shots closer to the lead, especially with the way 17 is playing, moving the tee way up like that".

Woods failed to convert on both, despite having given himself excellent chances. "I left pretty much every single putt short on the back nine", Woods explained. "St. Louis has never seen Tiger up close, so it's pretty insane and it makes it a lot more fun". "And I blew it by 4 feet and then pulled the next one".

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"It was a long day". He said there have been no physical issues since the week began with him taking ice baths to combat swelling.

"And to hit such a good iron shot on 17 kind of gave me a little bit of confidence". "It was a long day".

Finau and Hocknull will resume their rounds at 6 a.m. MT, weather permitting. He knocked his wedge inside 5 feet and made the birdie putt.

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.

Woods got back to four under with a two-putt birdie on the par-five 17th, McIlroy doing likewise to reach three under. And now we're going out on a Saturday afternoon in the mix at the PGA, it's great.

"It was awesome", said Stewart Cink, who also shot 66. "Being in Tiger's group is always exciting".

Scott putt on a ball-striking masterclass, hitting 10 of 14 fairways and 15 greens in regulation to be ranked number one on Saturday (local time) for approach play. "It takes a lot out of you".

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