Brooks Koepka Leads, Tiger Woods in Contention at PGA Championship

Shane Lowry is bloody killing it at the USPGA Championships

Woods was facing his third shot to the par-five eighth hole at Bellerive Country Club when an approaching thunderstorm forced play to be suspended on Friday afternoon.

Well, it's about to get even wilder Sunday.

Koepka's flawless 63 left the double US Open champion two shots off the clubhouse lead held by fellow American Gary Woodland, whose 10-under-par halfway total of 130 established a championship record. There's a ton of KU people. "I was hitting a lot of drivers".

"It's a lot more insane", Brown said. It's been good banter.

How much of a chance does Woods have to win for the first time in five years and capture his 15th major title?

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

An amalgamation of history, tremendous golf and drama - all of it diced up by a crossroads of sorts for the career arc of so many different players. It's all about what's going on between the ropes and the ears.

Woodland hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation in the first two rounds, but just 10 of 18 in the third round.

The laid-back 28-year-old American has never before led a major entering the final round but he shrugged off having 13 rivals within five strokes, even a long-awaited Woods challenge among seven major champions in that pack. He wound up with triple-bogey, and scrambled to get back in the mix.

Australia's 2015 PGA Championship victor Jason Day struggled to hit top gear during a 67 which left him a shot further back. If he did it once, why can't he do it again?

Victor of the past two U.S. Opens, Koepka took the lead at the PGA Championship on Saturday to put himself in position to win a third career major at the age of 28.

What did he tell himself to shake it off?

"I have my brother on the bag, and he's doing a great job, really enjoyed it. Hopefully, we can come back soon".

"I played 29 holes, I think I dropped three shots today and two of those were three-putts".

Before getting to how he carded a 7, let's look at what he did up to that point.

"We have to be aggressive, pars just won't be enough". Woodland stuck it to 12 inches and tapped in for a bogey.

Kisner, whose two PGA wins came in 2015, shared seventh in last year's PGA, his best major finish until last month.

"It's hard to make big numbers", Woodland said. "Going to have to make a lot of birdies. You don't want to give back too many shots out here". He had to make an 8-foot par save on the 13th.

Just like that, he was three strokes off the lead, his deficit about to swell to six. Three shots behind at the turn, he and Kevin Kisner were in a front bunker. He had to settle for a 69 and was eight shots behind, with 27 players in front of him. He chipped it to eight inches and tapped in for a triple. The gym is his refuge, a place where he can go and get away from golf and expectations; just not the feeling that he's overlooked among the game's best.

"I didn't know", Koepka said. Players try to downplay it, and I've downplayed it over the years myself because you're trying to downplay it yourself a little bit, but it's a pretty intense environment out there.

"I'm just focused on me", said Koepka.

Scott got into the hunt with four birdies in a six-hole stretch on the front, set up by his pure driving and iron play, and limited mistakes with the putter.

Captain's assistant Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team and Erica Herman look on during Saturday four-ball matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 30, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Woodland still leads the way but there is a glut of talent close behind.



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