Tiger charges into the hunt as Koepka takes lead at 100th PGA

12 August, 2018, 15:56 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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Just two strokes back was Adam Scott, who had the low round among the leaders with his 65. He has won tour events from behind, several from more than 4 strokes. But defending champion Spieth shot 5 over on the final day, and the final two pairings combined to shoot 13 over.

"I'm exhausted. I am definitely exhausted", said Woods, who sweated through four shirts in his opening five holes. Rickie Fowler has a chance to win this thing at age 29, and to finally hand off the scarlet letters BPNTWAM (Best Player Never To Win A Major) to some other poor soul.

More than the Masters.

In the hunt: Jason Day.

If the PGA posted a marquee high above this final round to come, it might well read "Muscles and Mayhem".

What might not have been widely predicted, however, was Brooks Koepka's dominance. No one made more in one stretch than Woods, who electrified the gallery with a 31 on the front to start his third round. The locals have enjoyed watching Koepka hit the long ball. The slugger has what his father, Bob, calls "those steely eyes" when he prepares for a Sunday round in a major.

Koepka likes to point out that he often feels like golf's nowhere man.

"I can really tune in in the majors and I have no idea why", he said. ". It was the craziest round I think he's ever seen".


"I know that I can do it", Rahm said. "It was like, 'All right'". Major championship golf is amusing. That would go such a long way for everyone. The whole time, you're just trying to prove them wrong. It doesn't get much better so I'm looking forward to it. "We had such a tight relationship and, you know, he's a very calming influence on my golf game".

Birdies were abundant early, a hint that scoring conditions might rival those of Friday, when three players made a run at matching the all-time low major round of 62 by Branden Grace of South Africa from last year's British Open. Koepka didn't waste any time and energy complaining about the USGA.

Mother Nature stepped into his path on Friday afternoon with some vibrant rainstorms, just when Woods really seemed to be finding a great rhythm.

"I mean, it would be more-than-twice the thrill for me", he said, "but no matter who wins tomorrow, if that person has met Jarrod, they will have felt something with him passing this week". Yeah, there's a lot of star power, and it should be. "And it should be: It's a major championship". "Every shot's so important out here, and you need to be able to play well".

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Ten years removed from his 14th and most recent major title, in many ways Woods's four-under 66 was, for nine holes at least, a rollicking trip down Memory Lane, given the third round charges that were once his calling card having largely disappeared.

Tiger Woods sits tied for 24th at minus-3. Can the Tiger of old show up Sunday, emerge from a crowd of star-studded hopefuls and knock that tough-guy look off Koepka's face?

"You've got to decide what you want to do with it before you get out there, and it was a lot of fun".

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