Gary Woodland keeps his record and the lead at PGA Championship

Tiger Woods was joined by Rory Mc Ilroy and Justin Thomas for the first round

Tiger Woods was joined by Rory Mc Ilroy and Justin Thomas for the first round

The thunderstorms which blighted the second day of the 100 USPGA Championship gave way to that other forced of nature known as Tiger Woods and he, too, charged the Bellerive air with electricity as he loomed into contention for the second straight major. After the 36-hole cut is made, the third round will be played in threesomes going off both the first and 10th tees. That was barely enough for a one-shot lead over Kevin Kisner, one of three players who came to the final hole with a shot at becoming the first to post a 62 in the PGA.

Tiger Woods had three birdies through seven holes as he tried to get in range. Massive crowds were also out early at Bellerive Country Club and most were tracking the marquee group of Woods, Rory McIlroy and defending champion Justin Thomas.

Shane Lowry was one of a multitude of golfers up at the crack of dawn in St Louis to finish out his second round in the USPGA Championships.

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. "I think we'll see some putts go in".

Koepka birdied the fifth then matched Woodland's birdie at the par-5 eighth to stay on top, stretching the margin with an 11-foot birdie putt at the ninth while Woodland made bogey.

It happened on the par-3 16th hole.

"I feel safe because I feel safe where my game is", Woodland said.

Koepka rallied with a birdie at the 17th for a two shot lead over Australian Adam Scott, who shot a fine 65, with Spanish slugger Jon Rahm (66) three off the pace alongside another big hitter in American Gary Woodland and majors almost man Rickie Fowler. Spieth won the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015 and The Open Championship in 2017. 'It's just that all the putts I made came on the front nine'. Adam Scott is two back of Koepka, with Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland in a tie for third, three strokes back.

Schwartzel and Koepka didn't approach the best rounds relative to par at a PGA.

Satoshi Kodaira delivered the first eagle of the PGA Championship when he put his drive at the short, par-4 11th within 5 feet of the hole and rolled in his putt.

"Guys are making birdie from everywhere", Woods said. "This course would be phenomenal - and probably is phenomenal - if it's not playing soft".

Jordan Spieth's career Grand Slam chances vanished with an ugly - and unusual - triple bogey on Saturday at the PGA Championship.

"A little frustrated at this place in general", he said.

Three weeks ago, Woods trailed the leaders by four strokes heading into the final round at Carnoustie, and found himself atop the leaderboard with eight holes to go before finishing in a tie for sixth.

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