Brooks Koepka Leads, Tiger Woods in Contention at PGA Championship

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa plays his shot from the 16th tee during the second round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa plays his shot from the 16th tee during the second round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club

The American finished with a par to post -16 for the tournament, while Scott ended up with a bogey to drop into third place on -13, with Woods securing second on -14.

Woods made the turn at 11 under for the championship, two shots behind third-round leader Brooks Koepka. It was his 100th start on the PGA Tour, and the win his third major title.

Tiger Woods chops one out of the rough on the 17th in the final round of the PGA Championship. Players from all over the world said the enthusiastic crowds have been making it fun for them to play-despite the heat, storms and weather delay.

Woods hit zero fairways on the front nine but was able to repeatedly pull off miraculous recovery shots, the same ones that made him so great in his glory days.

Even with two bogeys, Woods shot 64 for his lowest final round in a major, giving him his best shot at a top title since he last won the US Open in 2008.

Justin Thomas says he doesn't think he has ever played golf in front of that many people. "I made a bit of a run".

He had a two-way miss going with his long clubs on the driving range, then came out to the course and missed all seven fairways on the front nine.

Koepka was responsible for that. Instead of being near or at the top of the leaderboard, he finds himself four shots back of Brooks Koepka, who leads the field by two. Only good ol' Midwestern hospitality could save this PGA Championship from itself, along with appreciative, single-day crowds that seemed big enough to fill Busch Stadium for a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs. That gave the U.S. Open champion an insurmountable two-shot lead heading to 18.

In only his fourth start of the year and less than six months on from acknowledging he may never play again, Woods thrilled spectators in Florida by surging into contention at the Valspar Championship. He joined Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen as the only players to win the two United States majors that rotate to different courses in the same year.

"I'm exhausted. I am definitely exhausted", Woods said.

And yes, that includes Tiger Woods, too.

He watched playing partners McIlroy and Woods immediately birdie the par-five eighth on resumption, with the Northern Irishman picking up two further birdies to move to three under, seven shots off 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.

In fact, he arrived at the Bellerive Golf Course looking utterly cool, calm and collected.