Woodland stays ahead after rain-hit second round

Woodland stays ahead after rain-hit second round

Woodland stays ahead after rain-hit second round

Said Kisner: "Got to listen to all of the KU/Missouri banter all day with Gary, I didn't know that was such a rivalry".

Gary Woodland enjoyed a lazy start to the day as almost half the field, including Tiger Woods, went to work early on Saturday to complete their rain-interrupted second rounds but could not nudge the American off the top of the PGA Championship leaderboard.

Phil Mickelson played nine holes, and he won't be playing any more. He played them in 5 under par, vaulting up the leaderboard and giving himself another realistic chance at snapping that decade-long major drought.

Tiger Woods charged into contention for his first major title in 10 years while two-time US Open champion Brooks Koepka seized a three-stroke lead at the turn in Saturday's third round of the PGA Championship.

"The golf course is gettable", Woodland said. Built like a boxing heavyweight, no-one could lay a glove on him on this course that plays into the hands of the big hitters.

Woods, however, lamented two bogeys that were the result of makeable par putts from the 5-foot range.

That Woods stalled on the back nine wasn't completely surprising, at least not this year.

For months, Woods has been as good as anyone through 63 holes.

Woods hit his drive at the fourth hole into thick rough to the left of the fairway, and he took a furious rip into the thick grass to advance the ball up the fairway at the par-4. The 3-over stretch late at The Players.

However, his challenge stuttered on the back nine with a run of frustrating pars, wasting an eagle chance by three-putting the 17th, to finish on eight-under 202.

Woods was at the bottom end of the 24 players separated by six shots going into the final two rounds.

Keep an eye on the cut line at the PGA Championship.

Maybe he succumbs to the pressure.

Woods acknowledged the large St Louis crowds at Bellerive provided a huge source of inspiration during his round as tiredness led to a couple of mental lapses of concentration over the closing stages. Bellerive shook, the thunderous roars echoing all the way back to the clubhouse. "I played poorly and didn't hit my irons well". But I've given myself a shot at winning and I'm excited about that. "Today was really no different".

"Tomorrow, not just myself, but everyone's going to have to shoot low rounds". Woods slid his lag putt by the hole, then missed a short comeback putt for par. It climbed the ridge in the middle of the green and finished 20 feet away.

Finau, who double bogeyed No. 6 after his five birdies to start, did not have a par in the second round until the 10th hole. "And I blew it by 4 feet and then pulled the next one".

"To hole in one on a Saturday at a major was really special".

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