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

PGA Championship: Tiger Woods in contention as Brooks Koepka leads

PGA Championship: Tiger Woods in contention as Brooks Koepka leads

The same could probably be said for Fowler, who is tied with Rahm after a third-round 69, and Day, the 2015 PGA champion who is another stroke back at 8 under and tied with Thomas, this week's defending champion.

Tony Finau watched his second shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Thursday, in St. Louis.

He parachuted shots that dropped straight on top of the pins for a 66 that included a stunning 30 on the front nine and put him at 12 under par.

Adam Scott, at 10 under, is looking closer to the former World No. 1 version of himself than the one that has just one top-10 finish this season.

The biggest buzz, as always, belonged to Woods. Then play was suspended and the day got weird.

That's the same position he was in going into the final round of the British Open at Carnoustie, where he led briefly in the final before fading. Although his driver gives him fits at time, he is still hitting his irons well enough to give himself chances, and he is due for a hot putting round that would take advantage of such success. I just have to make birdies.

"A late tee time tomorrow on a Sunday at a major is where I want to be".

Birdies were abundant early, a hint that scoring conditions might rival those of Friday that saw three players make a run at matching the all-time low major round of 62 by Branden Grace of South Africa from last year's British Open.

He has only one other PGA Tour victory, one in Europe and two in Japan.

Brown bought the costume on Amazon, and said it arrived about a week ago-in plenty of time for the big event. "And that might mean shooting 5 under again to hang around, but I would love to be in the mix coming down the stretch and have the chance to hole some putts to win". It's fun, " Cink said. "Hearing the crowd, and Tiger's performing great, it was like turning back the hands of the clock".

As easy as it looks at times, Bellerive can still bite at any moment.

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Jordan Spieth found that out on a hole that effectively ended his second bid for the career Grand Slam.

Tiger Woods is tied for 23rd at 3-under-par, but only got in seven holes before the suspension.

There were so many other big names jostling for position that at one point it felt more like a auto race than a golf tournament.

Wallace moved up the leaderboard thanks to a hole in one on the par-three 16th, describing it as the "best shot of my life". Woodland's approach spun back into a bunker, and he failed to get it up and out of the sand. The sand had yet to be raked, and Woodland's ball was in his footprints.

Despite the triple bogey, his round of 71 left him in a tie for third.

"I thought I played really clean cards, really clean rounds", said Woods, who made eight birdies and three bogeys over the course of the two rounds. He had to make an 8-foot par save on the 13th. He got up-and-down to escape with bogey. In fact, Koepka might be the only golfer on the planet capable of making Woods feel a bit self-conscious about the size of his own pipes.

Those errors brought Woods back into contention.

But his experience on the back nine at Bellerive was different, in part because of storms that took him off the course in the middle of his second round Friday and brought him back for a 7 a.m. restart Saturday.

After playing 29 holes on Saturday, Tiger Woods says the mental aspect of playing the course has been tiring and he'll need to shoot a low round Sunday to contend.

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

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