Tiger Woods remains in the hunt at US PGA Championship halfway stage


Woods has made 15 of them this week, one for every major championship he hopes to have late on Sunday at Bellerive. After the 36-hole cut is made, the third round will be played in threesomes going off both the first and 10th tees.

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. Kisner birdied to go 8 under as well and regained a one-stroke lead with a birdie on 18, finishing his first nine holes in 29 strokes. Massive crowds were also out early at Bellerive Country Club and most were tracking the marquee group of Woods, Rory McIlroy and defending champion Justin Thomas.

Woods, who changed his sweat-soaked shot after four holes, lost ground with a three-putt bogey on the fifth, but bounced back in style with birdies on the sixth and seventh. "I'm really happy to be playing the weekend". "So I'm not saying that my score would be any better, I'm just saying what you would like to see in a major championship".

What was particularly encouraging for the 14-time major victor was the fact that some of his best swings came late in the day, including a bullet four iron to the par five 17th that set up a presentable eagle chance.

Most notably, the world number 50 missed a 20-foot putt for eagle on the par-five 17th and then saw his four-foot birdie attempt slide by.

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'I'm exhausted, I'm not going to lie to you, ' said Woods.

Woodland had a 4-under 66 on Friday morning to reach 130 for 36 holes, breaking the PGA record by one shot, tying the 36-hole record for all majors and giving him a one-shot lead over Kevin Kisner. "But the nice thing about the delay and going back out tomorrow morning, we'll get fresh greens".

The PGA Championship moves to May next year, which isn't going to do the event any favors in terms of standing out; the only possible benefit is coming earlier in the golf calendar, between the Masters and the U.S. Open, but that's not going to make it feel like a bigger event.

"I felt I was headed in the right direction", Woods said.

Schwartzel and Koepka didn't approach the best rounds relative to par at a PGA.

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Asked what Furyk's reaction to all the birdies was, Finau said, "He didn't say anything, but he was just shaking his head".

"Honestly, I haven't hit it great, up to my standards, these first couple days", Finau said. "This course would be phenomenal - and probably is phenomenal - if it's not playing soft".

Jordan Spieth's chances of claiming the win he needs to complete the career grand slam looked to have disappeared as he suffered a nightmare triple-bogey seven on the 12th.

"It was a little cut 3 wood back into the wind", Woodland said.

Two holes later, Johnson drove into a fairway bunker but got up-and-down from 86 yards for par.

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