Putts won't drop, but Woods moves up the board at PGA anyway



Woods, whose earlier charge on the easier front nine raised the massive gallery's excitement to fever pitch, was among a logjam of six trailing by four shots.

Rickie Fowler, also a close friend of Lyle's, is just three back. As I said last week, I'm trending.

"I know I can shoot around a 7 or 8 under around here". That greatly shortens the golf course. "So I'll be looking to clean that up".

"With whatever is going on this week I'm not really thinking about it at the moment ... but certainly I think late in the day tomorrow if I'm in with a chance your levels of determination can lift so much and you just have to find something extra ... that could be a powerful thing".

MAJOR MELTDOWNS. Jordan Spieth will nearly certainly have to wait at least another year to complete his career grand slam bid after a hot run up the leaderboard was destroyed by an eventful triple bogey.

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

Bigger picture, and on a highly positive note, this all is a bonus for Woods, who 11 months ago was only able to hit 60-yard wedge shots and questioned whether he'd ever play again. [I] squatted a little on the tee, squatted back, and playing a draw, hit it way off the toe.

The final result was a triple bogey seven and any real hope was lost.

"I hit two trees to get out of bounds, and my tee shot hit the cart path to get over there, and it just was a ideal storm", Spieth said.

"I mean, I know I can shoot a 7 or 8 under round here. So that's all I'm going to say".

"I've watched Tiger win 14 of these things hanging around a lot of the time, " Scott said.

Spieth wasn't the only player to have a triple bogey nightmare.

A former world number one and the 2013 Masters victor, Scott muscled his way into second place on 10-under, while Spaniard Jon Rahm (66) and Americans Rickie Fowler (69) and Gary Woodland (71) were three behind. Woodland went over the green onto a slope at the back of another bunker, and his next shot went through the green back into the first bunker.

The big-hitting Koepka threatened to run away with the lead on moving day, having led by five shots at one stage, but two bogeys in the middle of his back nine gave the rest of the field hope. He rained his short irons on the downy greens for five birdies and was two strokes off the lead as he made the turn, setting off a chain reaction of noise across Bellerive. Playing together too, you think they could get it right, but I guess we're built pretty similar. "It was nice to have that in my back pocket, been there in that same situation, and came out on top".

After a bogey at the fifth, Woods responded with an 11-foot birdie putt at the par-3 sixth, a seven-footer for birdie at the par-4 seventh and a six-foot birdie putt at the par-5 eighth, the crowds and buzz around him growing with every hole.