Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Tony Finau ties PGA Championship record with 10 birdies

Tony Finau ties PGA Championship record with 10 birdies

After finishing the second round, the 80 who made the cut were sent off the first and 10th tees in trios in a bid to complete the third round by sunset.

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.

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

"They have been unbelievable", Woods said of the fans.

Woodland fired a four-under par 66 Friday to seize the lead at 10-under 130 for 36 holes, one stroke ahead of fellow American Kevin Kisner with compatriot Brooks Koepka, the two-time reigning US Open champion, next on 132. But put him against the strongest fields and the biggest events, and he's a world-beater. Four strokes down, he can afford no lapses, especially with Adam Scott, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland also chasing Koepka in front of him.

Birdies were abundant early, a hint that scoring conditions might rival those of Friday, when three players made a run at matching the all-time low major round of 62 by Branden Grace of South Africa from last year's British Open. There certainly won't be a dry eye in the house if he comes up with his own tribute and claims his second major, following his victory in the Masters in 2012. "I get it all the time, so I'm used to it by now".

"The difference between the level I think I've played at and the top level is very fine and really after a little while it's just that little bit of confidence that you lack", Scott said after his six-birdie round was blemished only by a closing bogey on the ninth.

"You've got to decide what you want to do with it before you get out there, and it was a lot of fun". But I've given myself a shot at winning and I'm excited about that. I'm delighted to be where I am and looking forward to the afternoon and tomorrow. At Carnoustie, his name was atop the leader board with eight holes to go in the Open Championship, until it wasn't, a couple of blunders costing him his first major in a decade and his first win anywhere in five years. Look at that front nine. For the tournament, he is ten under going out and two over coming home. "I was giving him crap because he let us down on the back nine with only three birdies".

"As much as I can", Brown said of trying to follow Woods throughout his round. In recent years, he has taken on a big role in the makeup of the team and, along with Tiger Woods, is part of the Ryder Cup committee that also includes Furyk and three PGA of America officials.

He sure didn't damage his chances.

Taking advantage of the marshmallow-soft greens, he hit a series of precise approach shots and converted with the putter to plunder five birdies. "It was like turning back the hands of the clock".

McIlroy went out to practice his short irons before his third round and promptly shanked a wedge on the range.

He signed for a bitterly disappointing 71 to be tied 44th, and his chances of getting back on the major trail haven't survived until the final round on a course tailor-made for his game.

Shane Lowry could not repeat the heroics of his second round 64, however, the Offaly man remains in the hunt for his maiden major at the PGA Championship following a one-under 69 at Bellerive Country Club.

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