Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Koepka leads by two strokes after third round at PGA Championship

Koepka leads by two strokes after third round at PGA Championship

Woodland had a four-under 66 and set the PGA Championship record with a 36-hole score of 130.

Woods, chasing his first major in a decade, had a rollercoaster finish with three birdies and two bogeys but a 66 left the 14-times major victor six back and within reach of what would be a record-equalling fifth PGA title.

Tiger Woods kept himself in contention for a first major title since 2008 as Rory McIlroy's hopes faded in the 100th US PGA Championship. Woods had his mojo back early in the round and was sitting pretty at three-under par before the delay.

Inclement weather meant the 28-year-old had to return on Saturday to complete his second round and he had to settle for a four-under 66, finishing with 10 birdies, a triple bogey and three bogeys.

"After the Open I wanted to do something different, just change the way I thought I on the golf course and he's been brilliant so far".

"When I see putts go in, I'm a completely different player, especially with as aggressive as I'm playing right now".

What was particularly encouraging for the 14-time major victor was the fact that some of his best swings came late in the day, including a bullet four iron to the par five 17th that set up a presentable eagle chance.

After a bogey at the fifth, Woods responded with an 11-foot birdie putt at the par-3 sixth, a seven-footer for birdie at the par-4 seventh and a six-foot birdie putt at the par-5 eighth, the crowds and buzz around him growing with every hole. He was helped by a marvellous stroke at the 14th where he pitched in from the back of the green, but the abiding moment was he flew the putting surface once more with a wedge in his hands.

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Li opened with a 1-over 71 and was 3 over for the championship.

"That self-belief has to come out and I feel like the last six to eight weeks has been a real positive for me. Who knows? If I had the answer to it, I would give it to you, but I really don't know".

Woods sank a 17-foot birdie putt on the first hole and dropped his 145-yard approach at the second to four feet with a 9-iron to set up a birdie. Adam Scott is two back of Koepka, with Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland in a tie for third, three strokes back.

Koepka birdied the eighth but missed a 19-foot birdie putt at nine for a 62, settling for a 63, matching the lowest round in tournament history. He was at 7 under, three shots behind Woodland with eight holes to play.

Successive birdies for Woodland on the second and third, however, saw him retake the lead.

The course is playing shorter than it did in the opening round, including a driveable par-4 on the back nine.

"That stemmed the momentum a little bit", Woods said. He went on to play his next 5 holes in 2 under par, which leaves him at even par for the championship in a tie for 64th.

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