Tony Finau ties PGA Championship record with 10 birdies


Tony Finau ties PGA Championship record with 10 birdies

Gary Woodland and Kevin Kisner are in prime position halfway through the 100th PGA Championship

Gary Woodland and Kevin Kisner are in prime position halfway through the 100th PGA Championship

And Woods knew the putt was bad. He is at 3 under par for the tournament.

That par was the most disappointing of the 10 straight Woods made to finish his third round Saturday at the PGA Championship.

"I can live with that", he said Friday after a 4-under 66.

Koepka took the lead back by birdying the 15th hole and 16th holes, putting the pressure back on the Australian. 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.

This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. Frankly, everything about this golf tournament in the St. Louis Cardinals' backyard was supposed to be for the birds.

American Brooks Koepka leads at 12-under, with Tiger Woods looming at eight-under after a second consecutive rounds of 66.

So much for Woods being exhausted after all that exertion he has expended this year in returning from three back operations.

While showing a replay of Woodland draining a long putt, Lerner noted: "Mizzou fans have seen this before - a Kansas Jayhawk making everything in Missouri".

"Everyone is going to have to shoot low rounds", Woods said. "The greens were getting fuzzy, they're getting slow, and I didn't hit the putts quite hard enough. And I blew it by 4 feet and then pulled the next one".

Woodland played his fourth shot from the bunker behind the green, another poor attempt that rolled back into the bunker in front of the green and came to rest in a collection of footprints, most likely Woodland's own from his first trip to the hazard.

Back-to-back bogeys from the 14th saw Koepka's lead cut to one, before a two-putt birdie at the 17th doubled his advantage over Scott - who mixed six birdies with a sole blemish during his round.

A crowd of reporters laughed at Koepka's retelling, but it's clear this is one golfer who doesn't often find real or imagined slights amusing.

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 year? He ranks 120th in back-nine scoring average on the PGA Tour, and is tied for 10th over the front nine.

The 25-year-old is without a win since victory in the Open at Royal Birkdale last year and 12 months on there would be no repeat at Carnoustie, where he went into the final round with a share of the lead but stumbled to a closing, birdie-free 76. He not only changed shirts this time, he changed colors - from a gray-and-white striped design early in the round to royal blue from the fifth hole on.