Brooks Koepka leads entering final round of 100th PGA Championship


Gary Woodland set the 36-hole record - for now, anyway - after a round where his driver wasn't as reliable, he didn't see many putts drop and he didn't hit the ball quite as well as the day before.

Kisner made bogey on No. 9 and finished the day with a 64, one stroke behind Woodland and one ahead of Brooks Koepka, victor of the past two U.S. Opens.

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 lovely chance at the par-5 17th, where he three-putted for par.

"I thought I played really clean cards, really clean rounds", said Woods, who made eight birdies and three bogeys over the course of the two rounds.

Woods, in the eighth month of his comeback from spinal fusion surgery, ran off three birdies in four holes Friday to stand 3-under through seven holes for the event when storms stopped play Friday at Bellerive Country Club. He brought life during a time of the year when most people who play, think about, cover and watch golf are on empty.

"Obviously things haven't been going well for me this year".

Woods' round resumed at 7 a.m. local time, 70 yards from the hole, middle of the eighth fairway for his third shot to the par-5.

"I feel like we're in a good spot", Fowler said.

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And with halfway leader Gary Woodland making a triple bogey on the 10th after hitting from one bunker into another and then back again, Koepka found himself with a four-shot lead.

That Woods stalled on the back nine wasn't completely surprising, at least not this year. It was the first time two players have scored 63 on the same day at a major since the 1980 U.S. Open, when Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf did it.

"It's always a bit frustrating to have to come back and finish a round in the morning, but that's golf, and something I will just have to deal with", Fox said after his truncated round. I'll eat a few meals tonight and then I'll be ready tomorrow, you can be sure of that'. He tied for third at that tournament, his best finish at a major since 2009.

If Woods is to win his first tournament anywhere for five years and his first major for double that length, he is going to have to figure out how to improve his scoring on the back nine. He converted the eagle putt to get to 8 under.

McIlroy bogeyed the opening hole after flying his approach over the green and although he responded immediately with a birdie on the next, further dropped shots on the fourth and seventh saw him tumble down the leaderboard. He was at seven-under, three shots behind Woodland with eight holes to play.

Spieth still has hope in his second try at a career Grand Slam.

"I'm exhausted. I am definitely exhausted", Woods said. He went on to play his next 5 holes in 2 under par, which leaves him at even par for the championship in a tie for 64th.