Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Tom Keegan: Wild Woodland week to end with a round with Tiger

Tom Keegan: Wild Woodland week to end with a round with Tiger

Tiger Woods took route 66 towards a first major title since 2008 as a late stumble from Brooks Koepka threw the 100th US PGA Championship wide open.

Fourth-ranked Koepka, who matched the tournament record with a seven-under 63 on Friday, fired a 66 Saturday to lead on 12-under 198 after 54 holes, two strokes ahead of Australia's Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion and his partner in the final pairing.

A trio of players seeking a first major title shared third on 201, including Americans Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland and Spaniard Jon Rahm.

At Bellerive this evening Tiger Woods may be in contention for his 15th major, Rory McIlroy for his fifth. Sunday should be more of the same-gettable birdies, soft greens, straightforward shots-and 14 golfers, including six of the top 10 in the world, sit within five strokes of Koepka's lead.

The 14-time major victor has suffered years of injuries but now, at the age of 42, looks to be heading back to form 11 years after his last taste of major success.

Being unable to score on the back nine has been a constant for Woods all week.

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.

After failing to hit a fairway in regulation on the front nine, the four-time PGA Championship victor needed only 10 putts in an extraordinary display of scrambling.

"I just have to play my own game and just be patient". With only half of the 156 golfers finished with their second round, a heavy rain storm hit the course and suspended play at the PGA Championship until 7 AM Saturday morning. "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".

You need only to see the tail to understand why.

"We have to be aggressive, pars just won't be enough".

Ben Kern, the only club professional to make the cut, shot a 67 Saturday to move to 3-under for the tournament.

Wallace was given a rapturous reception as walked up to the hole, kissing his ball after collecting it and then throwing it into the crowd. And what he's doing is making him impossible to overlook.

No one from the afternoon draw completed more than 12 holes.

"I will remember this forever".

"I feel like we're in a good spot", Fowler said. As the 42-year-old walked up the 17th fairway, eyeing an eagle putt, a fan scrambled up the cart path in a T-shirt screen-printed with dozens of images of Woods's head: looking every which direction, in the various phases of a smile, always affixed to shoulders clothed in red.

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