Koepka leads, Tiger lurks as PGA final-round drama begins

Koepka leads, Tiger lurks as PGA final-round drama begins

They also had a few technical difficulties throughout (including a ghost in the shot tracer that's plagued both online and broadcast coverage), and they zeroed in on group that were already available online as featured groups, which is a problem for more than just the PGA Championship but it's even more frustrating on this stage.

He sure didn't damage his chances. He tied Gary Player's record for the most birdies in a round in the PGA Championship.

"It's hard to make big numbers", Woodland said.

"He was just shaking his head", Finau said after finishing the rain-delayed round this morning with a 4-under 66, a round that featured just four pars. ". It was the craziest round I think he's ever seen". "So the good news is 10 birdies in a major is pretty good".

He holed only one lengthy putt, the other four birdies coming from tap-in range, or close to it.

Koepka, who missed the Masters with a left wrist injury, opened birdie-birdie to grab the lead after playing partner Woodland made bogey at the second, but Woodland birdied the third hole to pull level.

Birdies were not only everywhere, but necessary to stay in contention, and Spieth knew it, particularly at 17 - a par 5 where eagle is in play and birdie is a must. All four of those four shots under par were all gained on the first eight holes of Woods' second round (finished Saturday morning), as well. That's the mark of good players.

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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. Finau is No. 13 in the standings and this is the last week to earn one of the eight automatic spots. He sent the ball four feet from the hole and converted the tap-in to remain at 10-under.

Woodland said the bunker nightmare had followed what he felt was a "great swing" on his approach. "He showed a lot of poise". After his third straight birdie, at the eighth hole, that was it.

Even his first par was an adventure - Finau had to make a 12-footer.

His 10-under-par 130 score matched the lowest halfway total in major championship history, and he enjoyed a one-shot halfway lead over Kevin Kisner, and a two-shot cushion over Koepka.

"For me to make triple on 10, to give myself a little bit of confidence, I told myself I did the same thing in Phoenix", said Woodland. It doesn't get much better so I'm looking forward to it.

"I didn't feel like I had my A game out there this afternoon, but I did well to kind of shoot the score I did". By winning the club pros championship, Vermeer not only took home a $55,000 check, he qualified for six PGA Tour events next season.

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