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.
Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy, whose morning 67 was highlighted by a 58-foot chip-in at 14, had three bogeys against two birdies over the first 10 holes in round three.
Then he drilled his tee shot at the 10th right down the middle.
Tiger Woods is within touching distance of an incredible return to golf's top table at the USPGA Championship at Bellerive.
A spectacular birdie at the 17th kept his victory hopes alive, but a closing par saw him card a one-under 70 and finish one shot behind Paul Casey, who stormed through the field with a 65. A lot better. While he was slogging around Bellerive at 2-under on the day at that point, Kevin Kisner was flirting with 61 and a host of others (Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel) were going low, too.
While inclement weather forced a delay in the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday, Gary Woodland was already in the clubhouse with the lead. "You've got to make birdies". "If the guys that came this morning and played a certain amount of holes, they definitely need the recovery because it's going to be hard to recover fully from what we did today. I blew it by about four feet and then pulled the next one". He is at 3 under par for the tournament.
"You're never going to win another golf tournament again". He leads all golfers at 10-under; it's the second nine that has been problematic.
He lost a stroke on the next hole, though, dropping his first bogey of the day on No. 6.
He missed. And then he missed the next from 4 feet for birdie and ended his day with 10 straight pars.
Woods had made the ideal start by holing from 15 feet for birdie on the first and five feet for another on the second, before nearly chipping in on the fourth after finding trouble off the tee. "This is the first real "Tiger effect" I guess you could say.
I enjoyed every minute", he said. "On the second hole, when I hit it in the water, that was a big boost to knock it in there tight and only make bogey". Woodland missed the ninth green to the right and popped up his chip out of the deep rough, leaving himself a 12-footer that he left short. This time, Woodland hit two bad green-side sand shots and one not very good one to score a 7 on the par 4. Players try to downplay it, and I've downplayed it over the years myself because you're trying to downplay it yourself a little bit, but it's a pretty intense environment out there. The roars were heard all over the golf course.