Woodland maintains PGA Championship lead as storm disrupts play

In the gym, he gets overlooked by Dustin Johnson.


Schwartzel and Koepka didn’t approach the best rounds relative to par at a PGA. It nearly goes without saying that until he can find some consistence with his scoring clubs – namely his wedges and his putter – he will continue to fall short in the majors.

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The kinds of excited whispers typically reserved for those peering through the large crowds for a glance at Woods on the course were being used to single out one among those very crowds Saturday. He is struggling through his worst season since he turned pro in 2000, and now has a chance to turn it into a year he won’t forget.

But that’s of zero concern to Scott, who carded a superb five-under-par 65 to climb to five under overall and a share of ninth.

ST. LOUIS – For the second consecutive major championship, Tiger Woods finds himself in contention heading to the final round.

Li was our over par after 11 holes when a thunderstorm halted play on Friday afternoon at Bellerive. And as Woods was moving into position for a potential eagle, Koepka made a 10-foot par save on the 16th.

At the U.S. Open, four of the world’s top 10 failed to make the weekend – Spieth (4), Rahm (5), McIlroy (6) and Day (8). “I think you look at it as a probably a really challenging, hard PGA Tour event with the aura of a major championship and certainly the most hard field in all of golf, the most competitive field in all of golf”. That marks four years now since his last major win.

He plans to spend Sunday morning working out, as he has done all week at a local gym.

Put another way, he’s poised to prove that he’s arguably the best major championship player at the moment.

He cares only about inside the ropes, and he thrives in the majors.

Phil Mickelson played nine holes, and he won’t be playing any more.

A whopping 62 players are under par through two rounds, and the 36-hole cut of 140 is the lowest in PGA Championship history dating to the start of stroke play for the event in 1958. He’s the first Utah resident to make the cut in all four majors in one year since Sandy’s Mike Weir in 2008.

“He’s rolling the rock and really striping it”, Kisner said.

The two-time US Open champion followed his record-equalling second-round 63 with a four-under 66 on Saturday, lifting the American to 12 under and two strokes clear of nearest challenger Adam Scott.

This test figures to be different.

Granted, the stifling summer heat and saturating humidity have dictated how soft and receptive the fairways and greens have been at Bellerive. Throw in greens that players have figured out and still conditions and it’s no surprise that guys are going low. Finau opened with five straight birdies, only to hit into the water and make triple bogey on No. 6.

Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, birdied the par-3 16th to reach 7-under but found a bunker off the tee to par the par-5 17th and left a 49-foot birdie putt at 18 six feet short before knocking in the testy par putt for a 63. “So we’ll see some putts go in”.

“I didn’t think we were going to get called off yesterday and I was going along lovely so I was probably a little bit disappointed”.

And he made it look ever so easy, bludgeoning his drives massive distances and honing in on the pins with unerring accuracy. He started the back nine double bogey-bogey to stand 4-over when the storm struck.

Still, he was six shots behind in a tie for 19th with plenty of power players in front of him.

That gives him a one-shot lead going into the second round, and not much else.

At the British Open, he shot 34 over the front nine in the final round to briefly get into the lead.


Woodland had the lead for the first time after any round in a major, but the top 15 players were separated by a mere three shots.

Going low Brooks Koepka equalled lowest US PGA round