Tiger Woods roars back into contention at USPGA Championship

Tiger Woods roars back into contention at USPGA Championship

ST. LOUIS - For the second consecutive major championship, Tiger Woods finds himself in contention heading to the final round.

Gary Woodland shot 66 before rain halted play in the afternoon, and finished at 10-under 130.

The low scoring meant Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy began their second rounds 10 shots off the lead and they completed just seven holes before play was suspended due to lightning. "There's a lot of golf left on a very gettable golf course".

With a front pin on the seventh hole, he went some 25 feet beyond the flag and holed the putt, and then got up-and-down from a bunker on par-5 eighth.

While officials sounded the horn just after 3.30pm local time on Friday, Scott had fired a five-under-par 65 at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri hours earlier to earn a 36-hole score of five under. "There were good signs that carried over to today, and hopefully tomorrow it gets better and better".

Woodland has a one-shot lead over Kevin Kisner, with Koepka another shot back followed by Schwartzel, Dustin Johnson and Thomas Pieters in a tie for fourth at 7 under par. He hit 8 of 9 greens on the back nine.

LOUIS Tony Finau tried not to look at the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship as a Ryder Cup audition as he played alongside USA captain Jim Furyk.

"I came right back out and made birdie from 69 yards so it was a nice way to start the morning, but missed two putts at 10 and 12 that I've been been making and that stemmed the momentum a little bit", Woods said. "I've been so in the zone you don't know where you are or where you're at".

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

Schwartzel had 30 feet for birdie at his final hole, which would have given him a 62 and matched Branden Grace's low round in a major.

"So in eight holes, he had seven birdies", Furyk said.

Having been part of Friday's afternoon wave forced to return on Saturday morning, his chances of extending his stay were ended by a double bogey at the par three 16th.

But it is the first time in 14 tournaments this year that Woods has faced more than 18 holes in one day due to a weather delay. "This course would be phenomenal - and probably is phenomenal - if it's not playing soft".

Casey only has one more event before the end of the European qualifying race - the Northern Trust Open later this month and faces an anxious wait to see if Thorbjorn Olesen and Ian Poulter overtake him, with less than six points separating the trio on the World Points list. He converted the eagle putt to get to 8 under.

- Frustrated by the conditions, Jordan Spieth gives his approval for the tournament's schedule change from 2019. 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.