The 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club from outside St. Louis continues on Sunday, August 12, with the final round.
Round One leader Gary Woodland shot a four under par 66 to get to 10 under for the tournament and hold on to the lead.
After birdieing five of his first eight holes and playing the front side in 31 strokes, Woods stalled on the back nine, failing to convert any birdie opportunities and squandering a handsome chance at the par-5 17th, where he three-putted for par.
Woods had a similar outlook after his round: "Not just myself, but everyone's going to have to shoot low rounds".
In second place after a second consecutive round of 65 is Adam Scott, the likeable, dignified Australian who used five years... But he needed 18 putts on the back nine for a total of 30, and the difference between being closer to the lead.
Jim Furyk will have to decide whether Tiger Wood is worthy of making his Ryder Cup team. This time, Woodland hit two bad green-side sand shots and one not very good one to score a 7 on the par 4. Seemed like everybody was between 2- and 4- or 5-under par. "And that might mean shooting 5 under again to hang around, but I would love to be in the mix coming down the stretch and have the chance to hole some putts to win".
Woods, ranked 51st, won his most recent major title at the 2008 US Open and has not won any event since the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational but showed solid form last month by leading Sunday on the back nine at the British Open.
In peak Tiger fashion, the crowd erupted after he drained a 19-foot birdie putt on his final hole to end the tournament at 14-under par. He outlasted good friend Dustin Johnson at Shinnecock Hills to become the first back-to-back US Open champion in 29 years. That included Koepka. The back-to-back U.S. Open victor sprinted away from the field for much of the afternoon, at one point grabbing a 5-stroke lead.
It's not just the American players who are digging the atmosphere.
"It's been 16 pars in a row from yesterday to today, so hopefully I can break that run in the morning", McIlroy said.
Justin Thomas also had a chance to join Woods as the only back-to-back PGA champions in stroke play, and he was tied for the lead briefly on the front nine when Koepka missed fairways and made two straight bogeys.
"It's been a pleasure to play in front of them, it really has", Woods said. "Most majors the weekends get hard, but I think this course you're going to have to keep shooting birdies".