PGA Championship final round updates as he moves close
Aug 13 2018
Woods played 29 holes, while Fowler played 26. And if the putter feels good and stays hot on the weekend, just try and make some kind of a run.
It looks like we're all going to have a hell of a lot of fun finding out.
Koepka was responsible for that.
The back-to-back birdies got him to 10 under par, which quickly became solo second place, three back of Brooks Koepka. "This is the first real "Tiger effect" I guess you could say". It also tied the major championship record that Henrik Stenson set at Royal Troon two years ago in the British Open.
The Belgian parred the last to settle for a 66 and a share of sixth with Molinari (67), Thomas (68) and halfway leader Gary Woodland (69), while Rafa Cabrera Bello and Tyrrell Hatton both fired sparkling 64s to complete the top-10 on nine under par. He joined Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen as the only players to win the two United States majors that rotate to different courses in the same year.
Tiger fans and Tiger fans, of the Missouri and Woods variety, will be rooting against Woodland, but Kansas fans have grown by the day and have made their presence felt. Koepka closed with a two-shot lead over Adam Scott, with three more players at 9 under separating Koepka from Woods.
Woods, meanwhile, shot a 6-under-par 64 to finish in second, posting his second consecutive top-10 in a major after tying for sixth last month at The Open.
But it was hard afterward to not wonder if Woods left a few opportunities on the Bellerive Country Club course Saturday afternoon that would have made the task a tad easier during the final round of the PGA Championship.
Woods didn't discount the fact that the long day might have had an impact.
Woods, whose earlier charge on the easier front nine raised the massive gallery's excitement to fever pitch, was among a logjam of six trailing by four shots.
Woods then drove it out of position on the 4th-that was the theme throughout the front nine, as he failed to hit a single of the seven fairways-but managed to get up-and-down for par to keep his momentum going. "There were good signs that carried over to today, and hopefully tomorrow it gets better and better".
For Tiger to have a chance, he absolutely needed a quality drive on the par-5 17th. He did well to advance it, but had to save par from a bunker.
"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.
"I'm exhausted. I am definitely exhausted", Woods said.
It's not just the American players who are digging the atmosphere.