PGA Championship: Tiger Woods in contention as Brooks Koepka leads

The tournament was still going, except by then, two events were coexisting on the same course: the PGA Championship and whatever Woods was doing, the show within a show. "But the nice thing about the delay and going back out tomorrow morning, we'll get fresh greens". To have Turner essentially go with old syndicated dramas all morning on Thursday and Friday while the year's final major kicks into gear remains a baffling decision.

If the PGA posted a marquee high above this final round to come, it might well read "Muscles and Mayhem". Brooks Koepka holds a two-shot lead over a stacked leaderboard. Woods, who said Saturday's round-and-a-half of golf left him mentally exhausted, will have to make every birdie he missed thus far.

Tiger Woods, who won his 14th major in 2008, shot 66 to end on eight under.

He put himself in danger of carding a double on the second hole after pulling his tee shot just enough for his ball to nestle deep into a thick rough with a slight downhill lie. After earning his keep the hard way on the minor league circuits overseas, he swaggers about with a chip on his shoulder the size of a beer keg.

"It felt like the young Adam Scott swinging the golf club".

Not by matching a PGA Championship record with 10 birdies in the second round.

"I enjoyed every minute", he said.

It might have had a little something to do with Tiger, but fellow golfer Justin Thomas said he's never seen crowds like this before. I knew I'd be in his line of sight and in last group. "It was like, 'All right'".

"I feel like I played well today", said Woods, who only returned to competitive golf in November after undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April a year ago. You're always trying to prove somebody wrong. "I have played some good golf but inconsistently".

Of the other Aussies in the final men's major of the year, Marc Leishman will also be safe into the third round despite a 71 that left him at one under. Koepka didn't waste any time and energy complaining about the USGA.

It's not just the American players who are digging the atmosphere. Three golfers are at 9-under and Woods is among five golfers tied for sixth.

"I feel like we're in a good spot", Fowler said. Yeah, there's a lot of star power, and it should be.

What happens if your golfing buddy texts this evening and asks if you're watching the PGA Championship in Missouri. "You should see the best players in the world come to the top".

Fowler and Players Championship victor Webb Simpson were among the leaders as they fought to maintain positions on the Ryder Cup team on the final day of qualifying for eight berths on points.

Exhausted and hungry, an old Tiger survived 29 holes Saturday.

It looks like we're all going to have a hell of a lot of fun finding out.

Vanessa Coleman

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