Tiger Woods hangs in there at the turn in the PGA Championship


The Show-Me State has been showing up big time for the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club.

For any other golfer, it would have been respectable, impressive, good for an aside. The American shot a 66 to move to 12 under par for the tournament, two shots ahead of Adam Scott.

If Woods can keep his driver under control and manage to shoot under par on the back nine, it's possible. "I didn't even think of it".

The 42-year-old former world number one finished off the last 11 holes of a storm-halted second-round 66 Saturday morning, then delighted thousands of spectators following his every shot with a sizzling afternoon start.

Defending champion Justin Thomas was at 2 under through seven holes, while Rory McIlroy was frustrated with all pars in his seven holes. "And I blew it by about four feet".

You need only to see the tail to understand why.

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Through three rounds, Woods is 10 under on the front nine, but he's 2 over on the back.

As of now, just going off the broadcast, it feels more like a mid-level PGA Tour event than the 100th edition of one of golf's most important, tradition and history-rich championships.

"They have been unbelievable", said Woods.

At the British Open, he shot 34 over the front nine in the final round to briefly get into the lead.

Now, if he can only get the putter to cooperate. Somehow, he emerged, although his ball found the rough alongside the green. Because it's fun to imagine, really, this what if becoming WHAT IF becoming what will it take? It will take a close-to-perfect round. That led Rich Lerner of the Golf Channel to make a comment that is sure to bring a smile to the face of Jayhawks fans while drawing a sigh from Mizzou fans. He'll have to hope for Koepka to stumble, which he doesn't often do, not once he's wrangled the leaderboard as well as he has at Bellerive. And we can't see where it lands into the shade, but when it landed the crowd started cheering and then it rolled in and they went mental and it kind of reverberated back to the tee and then I just went insane. The only person on the course who wasn't convinced, it seems, was Woods himself.

How much of a chance does Woods have to win for the first time in five years and capture his 15th major title?

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Woods is by no means the favorite.

"They've been unbelievable, not only supportive, but just so positive", Woods said Saturday.

Woodland made a triple-bogey 7, but he did finish his round with two birdies and will begin the final round at the PGA Championship three strokes off the lead.

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.

And so what? Tomorrow's shirts will be red, and tomorrow's tournament could still be Tiger's.

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