Storm-hit PGA resumes with Tiger chasing leader Woodland

Storm-hit PGA resumes with Tiger chasing leader Woodland

Storm-hit PGA resumes with Tiger chasing leader Woodland

Woods has mixed five birdies with a bogey to race to eight under and the four-time PGA Champion shares fifth alongside 2017 victor Justin Thomas, Shane Lowry and Pat Perez. He added a two-putt birdie at the 17th and ended the second round in a tie for 19th place, six shots back of Woodland.

The thunderstorms which blighted the second day of the 100 USPGA Championship gave way to that other forced of nature known as Tiger Woods and he, too, charged the Bellerive air with electricity as he loomed into contention for the second straight major.

As the final groups teed off Woods was four shots off the lead, but he was far from alone in taking advantage of the ideal conditions, with defending champion Justin Thomas making a birdie at the first and 2015 victor Jason Day picking up shots on the first and third.

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and former Masters victor Charl Schwartzel each shot 63, which matches the lowest score in tournament history, one that had been shot 14 times.

There was the late slip-up at Honda, where he played the last four holes in 3 over.

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. The resulting triple bogey dropped him from a tie to ninth at seven under to outside the top 25 at four under. Woods resumed on the eighth hole, where he had a wedge shot from 70 yards that he knocked close for a birdie.

While overnight rain softened the course even more, it also made it play long, leading to several lengthy approaches.

The 2-8 PM Eastern window is a limited one, more in line with what the Masters offers on Thursday and Friday, and the PGA doesn't have the Masters' ability to artificially suppress supply in hopes of increasing demand.

What was particularly encouraging for the 14-time major victor was the fact that some of his best swings came late in the day, including a bullet four iron to the par five 17th that set up a presentable eagle chance. And if the putter feels good and stays hot on the weekend, just try and make some kind of a run. If you drive the golf ball in play, the greens were rolling a little bit better today, maybe a little bit quicker.

"It's great", Lowry said. So guys, I think we'll see some putts go in. "This golf course is putting it on us - you have to be aggressive".

The third round was scheduled to begin early Saturday afternoon. I have my dad here to watch. "It doesn't get better than that". I don't know why I haven't played the back nine as well as I have in the past.

"So in eight holes, he had seven birdies", Furyk said.

He shot 71-73 in the first two rounds to leave him four-over-par, missing the cut by four shots.

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