Tiger Woods is in hunt but laments one hole that got away

Aug 10 2018 Saint Louis MO USA Dustin Johnson hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club. Mandatory Credit John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

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.

The 14-time major victor was three under for his round to that point and carried on where he left off on Saturday morning, pitching to five feet and holing the putt to improve to four under par.

Woodland had a 4-under 66 and set the PGA Championship record with a 36-hole score of 130.

"A kid legit just passed out right before Tiger teed off on No. 12", Kyle Porter tweeted.

Plenty went missing; we saw none of Tony Finau's insane no-par roller coaster front nine (7 birdies, a triple, and a bogey). Woods slid his lag putt by the hole, then missed a short comeback putt for par.

Meanwhile, Englishman Matt Wallace (2-under) hit a hole-in-one on the 16th, calling it, "the best shot of my life".

Spaniard Jon Rahm, halfway leader Gary Woodland and Rickie Fowler, hunting his long-awaited first major, are a further stroke behind.

Tiger Woods sits tied for 24th at minus-3. I made an adjustment over at 17, I wanted to make sure I got this to the hole and then I blow it by 4 feet and then miss it.

In contrast, Woods had made the ideal start by holing from 15 feet for birdie on the first and five feet for another on the second, before nearly chipping in on the fourth after finding trouble off the tee.

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"Yeah, could have been a little bit closer", he said, "but I got a shot going into tomorrow".

US Open champion Brooks Koepka fired a blistering 63, equalling the PGA Championship record for lowest round, to leapfrog into outright third at eight under.

He came back with birdies at the next two holes before making a bogey at No. 9, meaning he didn't have a single par on the front nine.

More than anything, this is just a guy flailing when he knows he can do better.

The high point of his back nine came at 10, where he once again got up-and-down for par after driving it out of position.

Four years and a day after winning the last of his four major titles in the 2014 US PGA at Valhalla, McIlroy gave himself a glimmer of hope with birdies on the 10th and 11th, only for the 29-year-old to double bogey the next after a wayward drive. "I feel like yesterday I played really well too and sometimes you just don't really score very well. but today I drove it beautifully".

"Obviously things haven't been going well for me this year".

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.

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