Storm-hit PGA resumes with Tiger Woods chasing leader Woodland

Woods hit a two-under par back nine to finish at level par

A missed birdie putt from just inside 20 feet on 11. He is struggling through his worst season since he turned pro in 2000, and now has a chance to turn it into a year he won't forget.

"Hearing the crowd, and Tiger's performing great, it was like turning back the hands of the clock", said Stewart Cink, who played with Woods and also shot 4 under to also finish four out of the lead.

Oh, and then there's that Tiger Woods fellow, looking to do what he just barely couldn't do last time out at a major champion.

You could pardon Woods for looking like he needed a shave and a fresh shirt after nearly 12 hours of golf, with a 7 a.m. start to complete his rain-halted second round followed by the third. He made nothing but pars over the last 10 holes. He shot 4-under 66 to reach 8 under.

"With so many big names, you would expect two or three of them to really make a run, make a push to get off to a good start and challenge me, I guess", Koepka said.

He added a two-putt birdie at the 17th and ended the second round in a tie for 19th place, six shots back of Woodland.

If Woods is to win his first tournament anywhere for five years and his first major for double that length, he is going to have to figure out how to improve his scoring on the back nine.

Only the U.S. Open at $12 million had more on the line.

He plans to spend Sunday morning working out, as he has done all week at a local gym.

Instead of torturing the world's best players into submission (see the USGA's Shinnecock U.S. Open Saturday setup), let the players play.

He cares only about inside the ropes, and he thrives in the majors.

Woodland fired a four-under par 66 to stand on 10-under 130 after 36 holes to finish one stroke ahead of playing partner Kisner with Koepka two adrift at Bellerive Country Club. He got up-and-down to escape with bogey.

"He's rolling the rock and really striping it", Kisner said.

At the time he walked to the clubhouse, US Open Champion Brooks Koepka was playing so well he had built up a four shot lead.

This test figures to be different. It's so soft that the average score Saturday was 69.5, and a charge can come from anywhere.

"Guys are making birdie from everywhere", Woods said.

The St. Louis fans, who have proven so far this week that they root for birdies of more than just the Cardinal type, should get a much better finale Sunday.

His putting let him down on the par-four 15th as he three-putted from 12 metres.

You would never know Spieth shot a bogey-free round from his reaction on the par-5 17th hole.

He doesn't think anything will match the joy of being the first Aussie to win the Masters in 2013.

"They want a stern, tough test, but if conditions like we're getting [this week] are going to dictate a championship then they're not going to go out there and try and prove anything or do anything or mess up a course or try and do too much to bring a score somewhere".

As easy as it looks at times, Bellerive can still bite at any moment.

The Dallas native is trying to become just the 6th golfer ever to complete the career Grand Slam.

What followed was another chapter in a consistent trend: Woods has played the front nine in 10-under par this week, but has played the back at 2 over.

Of the other Aussies in the final men's major of the year, Marc Leishman will also be safe into the third round despite a 71 that left him at one under.



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